“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.”
— The Replacements’ ‘Alex Chilton’
““But I’ll fall if I don’t fight/ And at my side is God/ And there ain’t no one going to turn me around/ there ain’t no one going to turn me round/Just hold on”
— Big Star’s ‘The Ballad of el Goodo’.
I swear to God, poor Adam Duritz from Counting Crows is cursed. First Mark Linkous and now Alex Chilton.
I’d like to say that I’ve known Big Star for a big while, but no, I discovered them just last year, when I saw Counting Crows live. They started with a cover of ‘The Ballad of El Goodo’ and I knew I recognised the song. A quick search afterwards made me realise I had it, in Evan Dando’s great version from Empire Records.
Our two best writers, the lovely Ms. Moore (get well soon, girl!!!) and Mr. Valdes (we’ll miss Morgana too, man!), are feeling a bit bad. We hope they both recover, so here’s some big love from Big Star. Continue reading Wake up song for today – 47