social icons WMMM twitterfacebook RSS facebook twitter RSS Center

Kitty Dunn

What does Kitty have to say?


 


R.I.P. Alex Chilton

You may have only heard the name "Alex Chilton" because of the song by the Replacements...but he was a very talented singer and songwriter who influenced a lot of other bands that you are familiar with. Alex Chilton died yesterday at the age of 59, after suffering an apparent heart attack at a hospital in New Orleans. (Read more here). When he was just a teenager he formed a band with some high school friends, and they had some really big hits, including "The Letter," which starts out with the family refrain..Gimmee a ticket for an airplane.." Other hits included "Cry Like a Baby" and "Soul Deep." His voice was quite powerful..especially for a teenager (just 16 or 17 when he sang "The Letter"!) In the 1970's, he formed another cool band called Big Star, which only put out three albums, but all three of them made it onto Rolling Stone's list of the best 500 albums of all time. R.E.M, the Replacements, and even Cheap Trick were influenced by Big Star. And the theme song to That 70's Show was based on a Big Star song called "In the Streets." In 2000, Alex Chilton told Rolling Stone that he was paid $70 every time that show came on. I had the good fortune to see the Box Tops featuring Alex Chilton several years ago at Rhythm and Booms. I remember that they did all the hits you'd want to hear..and it was a very HOT day. It was definitely exciting to be seeing such a legend at Warner Park in Madison. The Letter, performed on a show called Upbeat. The band is just lip-synching (very half-heartedly). But you can't deny it's a great song. A video some one made for the Big Star song "September Gurls" Cheap Trick (and the cast of "That 70's Show") with their version of the Big Star song "In the Streets"

Tags :  
Social :


Share This: | More


 
03/18/2010 6:59AM
R.I.P. Alex Chilton
Please Enter Your Comments Below
Title :
Comment :
Listen Live (WMMM)
Playlist (WMMM)
Activate With M
Submit
Like WifeSwap, only different
BandSwap is back in Madison! The Madison Arts Commission is supporting this event, in which bands from different cities change places. This time, a band from Fort Collins, Colorado is heading to Madison, while Sexy Ester from Madison will be hitting...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: Helen Reddy "You and Me Against the World"
We found a perfect song on the iPod for Meteorologist Brian Olson's birthday. Helen Reddy's "You and Me Against the World" was a heartfelt song that was out at the time of his birthday, 40 years ago today. Despite its sentimentality, Brian...
Read More
Are the new Beatles mono remasters on vinyl worth it?
Last week, the Beatles re-released their catalog on vinyl, in mono, the way the Beatles wanted you to hear their music. Is it worth spending 400 dollars or so on the box set, or would it be better to just pick up some of your favorites--for around 22...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: John Denver "Fly Away"
John Denver's "Fly Away" was released in 1975, and made it all the way to #13 on the charts. It wasn't one of his biggest hits, but a lot of folks who were listening this morning sure wanted to hear it. It brought back horrific memories for...
Read More
Worst souvenirs ever?
When most people go on vacation, they usually spend some of the time perusing gift shops, checking out cool souvenirs like snow globes depicting ocean views, miniature spoons, t-shirts, or potpourri and candles. When my boyfriend Mike and I go on...
Read More
We still miss you Stevie Ray Vaughan
It's hard to believe it's been 24 years since we lost Stevie Ray Vaughan in that helicopter crash after a show at Alpine Valley. I've talked to lots of people who were at that concert, which also featured Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, and...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: Donny Osmond "Soldier of Love"
It's hard to believe that Donny Osmond scored his second biggest solo hit in 1989, but it's true! "Soldier of Love" went all the way to #2 on the charts. When the song was released, the record company was afraid no one would buy a...
Read More
Butch Vig--the actor?
Butch Vig and his pal from Garbage Duke Erikson, Freedy Johnson, and Jay Moran get together every once in a while as "The Know-it-all Boyfriends."  Well they're getting the band back together, and this time they're doing it for a...
Read More
 
Recent Blog Posts
Like WifeSwap, only different
BandSwap is back in Madison! The Madison Arts Commission is supporting this event, in which bands from different cities change places. This time, a band from Fort Collins, Colorado is heading to Madison, while Sexy Ester from Madison will be hitting...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: Helen Reddy "You and Me Against the World"
We found a perfect song on the iPod for Meteorologist Brian Olson's birthday. Helen Reddy's "You and Me Against the World" was a heartfelt song that was out at the time of his birthday, 40 years ago today. Despite its sentimentality, Brian...
Read More
Are the new Beatles mono remasters on vinyl worth it?
Last week, the Beatles re-released their catalog on vinyl, in mono, the way the Beatles wanted you to hear their music. Is it worth spending 400 dollars or so on the box set, or would it be better to just pick up some of your favorites--for around 22...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: John Denver "Fly Away"
John Denver's "Fly Away" was released in 1975, and made it all the way to #13 on the charts. It wasn't one of his biggest hits, but a lot of folks who were listening this morning sure wanted to hear it. It brought back horrific memories for...
Read More
Worst souvenirs ever?
When most people go on vacation, they usually spend some of the time perusing gift shops, checking out cool souvenirs like snow globes depicting ocean views, miniature spoons, t-shirts, or potpourri and candles. When my boyfriend Mike and I go on...
Read More
We still miss you Stevie Ray Vaughan
It's hard to believe it's been 24 years since we lost Stevie Ray Vaughan in that helicopter crash after a show at Alpine Valley. I've talked to lots of people who were at that concert, which also featured Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, and...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: Donny Osmond "Soldier of Love"
It's hard to believe that Donny Osmond scored his second biggest solo hit in 1989, but it's true! "Soldier of Love" went all the way to #2 on the charts. When the song was released, the record company was afraid no one would buy a...
Read More
Butch Vig--the actor?
Butch Vig and his pal from Garbage Duke Erikson, Freedy Johnson, and Jay Moran get together every once in a while as "The Know-it-all Boyfriends."  Well they're getting the band back together, and this time they're doing it for a...
Read More
Categories
Archives