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“Your Sister Says That I’m No Good/I’d Reassure Her If I Could”

“You and Your Sister” is, in the strangest of ways, a disco song for me. I mean, obviously, it’s not; it’s hardly danceable, and there’s nothing as insistent about it as the best (or even the worst) disco. You could … Continue reading

May 8, 2013 366 Songs , , ,

366 Songs 363: I’m In Love With A Girl

The second last song from Radio City, the second Big Star album and arguably Alex Chilton’s greatest – or, at least, most coherent – album of his entire career in terms of writing, “I’m In Love With A Girl” is … Continue reading

December 28, 2012 366 Songs ,

366 Songs 360: Jesus Christ

This may be my favorite Christmas song, and it’s almost entirely devoid of all the cliches that have built up around the genre (There are sleigh bells in the mix here, but that’s about it). Instead, it’s just a song … Continue reading

December 25, 2012 366 Songs ,

366 Songs 327: Thank You, Friends

“Thank you, friends. Wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you.” There was a point where I was convinced that Alex Chilton was singing this song sarcastically; after all, I reasoned, the rest of Third/Sister Lovers, the album it comes … Continue reading

November 22, 2012 366 Songs , ,

366 Songs 319: The Ballad of El Goodo

“The Ballad of El Goodo” is one of those songs that almost dares you to listen to it, with a title that bad (I’ve never quite worked out whether or not “El Goodo” is meant to be a pun on … Continue reading

November 14, 2012 366 Songs ,

366 Songs 272: September Gurls

It’s Kate’s birthday today, and so she gets this love song from Big Star’s second album, Radio City, about women born during September. I say “love song,” but it’s such a wonderfully… macho song, lyrically. “I was your butch/And you … Continue reading

September 28, 2012 366 Songs ,

366 Songs 243: Nighttime

It took years – Genuinely, more than a decade – to realize that Alex Chilton sings “Air goes cool” in this song, one of the more fragile and beautiful from the mythical third album from Big Star. This song is … Continue reading

August 30, 2012 366 Songs ,

366 Songs 138: Morpha Too

There’s something about the final two songs on Radio City, the just-plain-amazing second album by Big Star, that feels both weirdly out of place and oddly prescient of what would end up happening on the never-officially-released, awkward Third/Sister Lovers; the … Continue reading

June 16, 2012 366 Songs ,

“Jim, I Hope I Don’t Have To Listen To This Again”

I thought it would encounter difficulties,” says John Fry, with delicious understatement, down the phone from Ardent Studios in Memphis, which he founded in 1959. “I thought people would find it so unconventional and so unfriendly that we would have … Continue reading

May 4, 2012 Uncategorized ,

366 Songs 094: Nature Boy

I first heard Big Star’s Third/Sister Lovers years before I could understand it, I think. I was still in high school and putting together my personal cosmology of music and sounds, and had pretty much just gotten to the idea … Continue reading

April 16, 2012 366 Songs ,