Ever hear of the 1970s music group "Big Star?"

Posted by bubah1mau 10 months, 1 week ago to Entertainment
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Here's a YouTube 3-song public playlist of songs that I personally enjoyed from their first album "#1 Record." My favorite selection is "13" that I heard for the first time just a week ago by chance on a distant, perhaps Canadian, AM radio station.

I especially enjoy the unpretentious acoustic guitar work of this band and am surprised that it took almost 50 years for the sound of this group to reach my ears. Perhaps they were just eclipsed by a lot of other popular music of those days.

The themes are in my opinion not abundantly political or religious although there is the mention of "God at my side" in the last of these three playlist numbers. There is also mention of "about painted black" in the first selection ("13") lyrics that I fail to comprehend.

SOURCE URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pte3Jg-2Ax4&list=PLk1zvgAMEnRb-5kNpspbDJIofnp048o3T&index=1


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  • Posted by $ Dobrien 10 months, 1 week ago
    Yes , A very successful local band called the Replacements were heavily influenced by them. Here is a song from them titled AlexChilton
    https://youtu.be/sTSJYZyouek

    If he was from Venus, would he feed us with a spoon?
    If he was from Mars, wouldn't that be cool?
    Standing right on campus, would he stamp us in a file?
    Hangin' down in Memphis all the while.
    Children by the million sing for Alex Chilton when he comes 'round
    They sing "I'm in love. What's that song?
    I'm in love with that song."
    Cerebral rape and pillage in a village of his choice.
    Invisible man who can sing in a visible voice.
    Feeling like a hundred bucks, exchanging good lucks face to face.
    Checkin' his stash by the trash at St. Mark's place.
    Children by the million sing for Alex Chilton when he comes 'round
    They sing "I'm in love. What's that song?
    I'm in love with that song."
    I never travel far without a little Big Star
    Runnin' 'round the house, Mickey Mouse and the Tarot cards.
    Falling asleep with a flop-pop video on.
    If he was from Venus, would he meet us on the moon?
    If he died in Memphis, then that'd be cool, babe
    Children by the million wait for Alex Chilton when he come around
    They sing "I'm in love. What's that song?
    I'm in love with that song."
    I'm in love. What's that song?
    I'm in love with that song.
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    • Posted by 10 months, 1 week ago
      It appears to me that the two, Chilton and Chris Bell (dead before his 28th birthday), made a rare combination or union of talents. The links you provided show some of this quality and I enjoyed hearing them.
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  • Posted by $ DriveTrain 8 months, 2 weeks ago
    A little mournful for my taste, but I'm always amazed when someone shows me a '70s band I actually had never heard of. The acoustic guitar work in this is good too.
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