Children by the Million - a BitchTapes Big Star tribute

Brian Frank
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Alex Chilton, vocalist and founder of Big Star, died last week.

Big Star hardly sold any records during it’s brief 3 album stint, but is now recognized as one of the most influential and certainly under appreciated bands of the 1970s. Big Star was crucial in the emergence of alternative and indie rock in the 80’s and 90’s, and a key influence of pioneering bands like the Bangles and the

South by Southwest had a tribute concert for Alex
Chilton, which featured almost exclusively male rockers. That’s a shame, since Big Star’s music has been covered and wonderfully re-arranged by a huge array of musicians.

Here’s a broader sampling of Big Star’s legacy from BitchTapes, as well as two Big Star orginal songs at the start and finish.

Stroke It Noel - Big Star
Alex Chilton - The Replacements

Thirteen - Garbage

When My Baby’s Beside Me - Kelly Willis

The Ballad Of El Goodo - Evan Dando

Back of a Car - Susanna Hoffs and Matthew Sweet

Blue Moon - Damon & Naomi

Feel - The Posies

Give Me Another Chance - Whiskeytown

September gurls - The Bangles

Kanga Roo - Bat for Lashes

Jesus Christ - Kristin Hersh

Take Care - Yo La Tengo

Don’t Lie To Me - Juliana Hatfield

Big Black Car - The Walkabouts

You And Your Sister - This Mortal Coil

Nighttime - Elliott Smith

Blue Moon - His Name is Alive

Thirteen - Mary Lou Lord

Thank You Friends - Big Star

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