social icons WMMM twitterfacebook RSS facebook twitter RSS Center
Lindsay Everly

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)
2 Minute Promise
Submit
Jonathan's Favorite Albums of 2014
Paolo Nutini - Caustic Love Paolo has been a friend of Triple M for years and his sound just keeps getting better and better. We've been playing "Let Me Down Easy" but one of my personal favorites is "Scream (Funk My Life Up) which has a pretty...
Read More
Marshall's Top Albums of 2014
1. U2- Songs of Innocence: One of my favorite English poets is, William Blake. Jim Morrison of the Doors was so inspired by Blake's poetry, he used one of Blake's lines, "the doors of perception," to name the Doors….the Doors! So, this U2 album,...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: Carl Douglas "Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting"
It's hard to believe a novelty song like this went all the way up the charts to number one---but it did, and actually stayed there for two weeks! It seemed most everyone, excluding our meteorologist Brian Olson wanted to hear this song, which came...
Read More
Kitty's Top Albums of 2014
10. George Ezra: Wanted On Voyage This 21 year old sings, writes all his own songs and plays guitar bass and keyboards. And his music is beautiful, haunting and old beyond his years. In addition to the hit "Budapest", I loved the haunting "Did you...
Read More
Rock Hall gets it right, honors Stevie Ray Vaughan
When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2015 inductees this morning, I was very happy to see one of the names on the list: Stevie Ray Vaughan. Even though the late Texas guitar slinger has been eligible to get in since 2008, this is the...
Read More
Discover & Download: Elle King
This Week's Discover & Download...Elle King - Ex's and Oh's!
Jeff the Promo Guy's Top 2014 Picks
2014 had a ton of great new album releases, and I easily came up with more than 10 to reference. I would have loved to include The Fray, Angus & Julia Stone, Bleachers, Alt-J, and George Ezra… but they just didn't make it on my Top 10 list. Here...
Read More
Kitty's Top Ten albums of 2014, Part One
What was your favorite album of 2014? I found a lot worth listening to. Here's the first half of my Top Ten list. Part Two coming soon. 10. George Ezra: Wanted On Voyage This 21 year old sings, writes all his own songs and plays guitar bass and...
Read More
 
Recent Blog Posts
Jonathan's Favorite Albums of 2014
Paolo Nutini - Caustic Love Paolo has been a friend of Triple M for years and his sound just keeps getting better and better. We've been playing "Let Me Down Easy" but one of my personal favorites is "Scream (Funk My Life Up) which has a pretty...
Read More
Marshall's Top Albums of 2014
1. U2- Songs of Innocence: One of my favorite English poets is, William Blake. Jim Morrison of the Doors was so inspired by Blake's poetry, he used one of Blake's lines, "the doors of perception," to name the Doors….the Doors! So, this U2 album,...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: Carl Douglas "Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting"
It's hard to believe a novelty song like this went all the way up the charts to number one---but it did, and actually stayed there for two weeks! It seemed most everyone, excluding our meteorologist Brian Olson wanted to hear this song, which came...
Read More
Kitty's Top Albums of 2014
10. George Ezra: Wanted On Voyage This 21 year old sings, writes all his own songs and plays guitar bass and keyboards. And his music is beautiful, haunting and old beyond his years. In addition to the hit "Budapest", I loved the haunting "Did you...
Read More
Rock Hall gets it right, honors Stevie Ray Vaughan
When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2015 inductees this morning, I was very happy to see one of the names on the list: Stevie Ray Vaughan. Even though the late Texas guitar slinger has been eligible to get in since 2008, this is the...
Read More
Discover & Download: Elle King
This Week's Discover & Download...Elle King - Ex's and Oh's!
Jeff the Promo Guy's Top 2014 Picks
2014 had a ton of great new album releases, and I easily came up with more than 10 to reference. I would have loved to include The Fray, Angus & Julia Stone, Bleachers, Alt-J, and George Ezra… but they just didn't make it on my Top 10 list. Here...
Read More
Kitty's Top Ten albums of 2014, Part One
What was your favorite album of 2014? I found a lot worth listening to. Here's the first half of my Top Ten list. Part Two coming soon. 10. George Ezra: Wanted On Voyage This 21 year old sings, writes all his own songs and plays guitar bass and...
Read More
Categories
Archives