Friday, October 07, 2005

Song of the Day -- Big Star

Don't tell me you haven't heard of Big Star. I guess it would be sort of understandable since the band's last studio album came out in 1975.The band's history has been written about a lot, and its' legend looms large in independent rock circles.The blog Freeway Jam has a really good profile if you don't know the saga.

I saw the band in concert in 1994 at the Cabaret Metro in Chicago. This was on its first "reunion" tour. Big Star was outstanding, and hearing Alex Chilton sing those songs again was fantastic. I had seen Chilton as a solo artist a few years prior and he only did one Big Star song the entire show.

The band that night featured Chilton and drummer Jody Stephens, along with Ken and Jon from the Posies. That is also the line-up that plays on the new album, In Space. Listen to "Dony" by Big Star.

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