Alex Chilton

Alex Chilton

Alex Chilton

A Man Called Destruction

Omnivore Recordings

No matter where you decide to encounter the great Alex Chilton, his innate pop sensibilities will be in the forefront. From his beginnings as a teen vocalist in The Box Tops (“The Letter”, “Cry Like A Baby”) to the legendary Big Star (“In The Street”, “September Gurls”) to his later solo work, Chilton plied pop. Unlike the connotation today, pop music in the ’60s was a formidable genre – can you say The Beatles or The Beach Boys. No, unlike the auto-tuned garbage of today, pop music was a respected avenue of expression, and few did it as well, or as meaningful, as Alex Chilton.

A Man Called Destruction, originally released in 1995, makes the case. Starting with Chilton’s take on the New Orleans classic by Chris Kenner, “Sick and Tired”, the record is a prime example of Chilton’s gift. He takes Kenner’s 1957 tune and in his offhand, yet compelling way, makes it his own. Even on the lightweight “What’s Your Sign Girl” he sings with complete conviction, evidently in love with the material. “Devil Girl” is as bizarre and surreal as you would imagine, and his take on the Jan & Dean hit, the Brian Wilson-penned “New Girl In School” is a relaxed yet enthusiastic romp.

Omnivore adds six bonus cuts to Destruction, including Chilton originals such as “You’re My Favorite” and “Give It to Me Baby”, and should be praised for bringing more Alex Chilton to the world. Alex might be gone in body, but his pop spirit will be around, well, as long as there is pop music. Praise be for that.

www.omnivorerecordings.com

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.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

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Southern Accents 55
    Southern Accents 55

    A woofin’ good time with cuts from Hank Williams, Muddy Waters, Delta Moon and more from KMRD 96.9, Madrid, New Mexico!

  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

    Absurdism with a healthy dose of air conditioning.

  • Mixtape 172 :: My Old Bassist
    Mixtape 172 :: My Old Bassist

    Like pre-teens throwing every liquid into the kitchen blender and daring each other to drink the results, Woody and Jeremy fuse all manner of sounds legitimate and profane into some murky concoction that tastes surprisingly good.

  • Demons/Demons 2
    Demons/Demons 2

    Synapse Films reissues Lamberto Bava’s epic ’80s gore-filled movies Demons and Demons 2 in beautiful new editions.

  • Sylvie Courvoisier and Mary Halvorson
    Sylvie Courvoisier and Mary Halvorson

    Searching for the Disappearing Hour (Pyroclastic Records). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Payal Kapadia
    Payal Kapadia

    Earlier this year, director Payal Kapadia was awarded the Oeil d’or (Golden Eye) for best documentary at the 74th Cannes Film Festival for her debut feature, A Night of Knowing Nothing. Lily and Generoso interviewed Kapadia about her poignant film, which employs a hybrid-fiction technique to provide a personal view of the student protests that engulfed Indian colleges and universities during the previous decade.

  • Roger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella
    Roger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

    A classic children’s tale re-imagined by America’s greatest composers.

  • Taraka
    Taraka

    Welcome to Paradise Lost (Rage Peace). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • AFI Fest 2021
    AFI Fest 2021

    The 2021 edition of the American Film Institute’s Festival, was a total success. After mounting a small virtual festival in 2020, AFI Fest came roaring back this year with a slate of 115 films representing over fifty countries. Lily and Generoso rank their favorite features from this year’s festival which include new offerings from Céline Sciamma, Miguel Gomes, and Jacques Audiard.

  • Comet Of Any Substance
    Comet Of Any Substance

    Full Of Seeds, Bursting With Its Own Corrections (COAS). Review by Carl F. Gauze.

From the Archives