A Tribute to Big Star

A Tribute to Big Star

Various Artists


If you’re gonna a pick a band to make a tribute of, you won’t find many more deserving than Big Star. And this isn’t the first one, either; at least two or three other tributes have surfaced over the years. So why pick this one up? Well, because it’s good, that’s why.

None of the artists here are big names — unless you consider Nada Surf or The Red Telephone as such — but they all show their love and admiration for the songs of Alex Chilton and Chris Bell ably. “Oh Dana” by Fooled By April is a standout, as is The Gentle Readers’ take on “Back of a Car.” Marty Willson-Piper of The Church shines with “Thirteen,” The Moths’ rendition of “Jesus Christ” charms.

The music of Big Star is a very personal thing — this was a band with severe, may we say… issues? By the time they recorded their last album the pain was in every groove, and Chilton seemed to be tottering on the brink of la-la land. For example, from “Oh Dana”: “I’d rather shoot a woman than a man/I worry whether this is my last life.” Hmmm. Not exactly American Bandstand stuff, but this sort of raw emotion (plus great pop songcraft of Chilton) is what has made the legacy of Big Star endure all these years. The 23 cuts on this well-done tribute indicate that whatever magic they created, it still bewitches.

LunaSea Records: http://www.lunasearecords.com

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Tarik Aktaş
    Tarik Aktaş

    Dead Horse Nebula director, Tarik Aktaş, speaks with Generoso Fierro about his AFI Fest 2018-selected debut feature.

  • Beth Hart
    Beth Hart

    Beth Hart – Live At The Royal Albert Hall (Mascot Label Group/Provogue). Review by Michelle Wilson.

  • Nailed It!
    Nailed It!

    Is it a cooking show, or the funniest thing on TV?

  • Split Tooth
    Split Tooth

    The natural and the supernatural dance under the Northern lights in Tanya Tagaq’s first novel, Split Tooth.

  • Thoroughbreds

    Thoroughbreds is one of the most fun and playful dark comedies in ages.

  • Dennis Quaid & the Sharks
    Dennis Quaid & the Sharks

    Out Of The Box. (Omnivore) Review by Jeremy Glazier.

  • Florida Man Music Festival
    Florida Man Music Festival

    The Florida Man Music Festival lit up the Orlando Amphitheater with a bunch of acts chosen by FM 101.9 (Orlando’s New Alternative radio station). Jen Cray approved.

  • The Unnamable
    The Unnamable

    This ’80s adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s short story The Unnamable became a video store staple and is now reissued on Blu-ray for current audiences.

  • On Golden Pond
    On Golden Pond

    A retired couple deal with senility and their daughters love life in a family cabin in rural Maine.

  • Seaway

    Seaway rocked the Soundbar with Trophy Eyes, Microwave and more!

From the Archives