Friday, August 24, 2007

08.23.06: Tribute to BIG STAR

Big Star was the greatest band that never was.

Led by equally masterful singer-songwriters, Alex Chilton and Chris Bell, Memphis-based Big Star combined melodic elements of the Beatles and harmonic elements of the Byrds with the drive and power of the early Who and made a sound all their own.

Their three albums recorded between 1972-1975 were received well critically but poorly marketed and, as a result, all but overlooked by the music buying public.

Over the last 30 years, Big Star has achieved major cult status (how's that for an oxymoron?) and has influenced everyone from Cheap Trick to R.E.M. to Teenage Fanclub to nearly every skinny-tied power popper of the late '70s-early '80s.

Tonight on WE'RE GONNE BE TIMELESS, we will dedicate our show to the music of Big Star and their pre and post-Big Star projects such as The Box Tops, Rock City and the solo work of Chilton and Bell.

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