Big Star's Story - Documentary Movie opens July 3rd

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Richland123, Jun 25, 2013.

  1. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
  2. I had never heard of this band until I noticed this documentary on The film is 100% fresh with 13 reviews.

    Now that I have heard of this band, I am astonished at how good the music is! How can something this good remain so obscure for so long? Well, I guess I'll have to go see the film!

    The YouTube uploads for Big Star are getting a lot of hits now that the film is out.

    The Ballad of el Goodoo
    Back of a Car

    Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (official trailer)
  3. wodock

    wodock Supporting Member

    Aug 29, 2007
    Sergeantsville, NJ
    I never travel far, without a little Big Stsr
  4. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Alex Chilton used to come to Birmingham all the time as a solo act. Never went to see him, but he had a big following there.
  5. Charley Umbria

    Charley Umbria I'm Really a Drummer Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2011
    Rock City, TN
    Bump for Big Star!

    I was fortunate enough to see the Posies-era Big Star live twice (including once in Memphis!), and caught Alex Chilton solo in 2000, after he released his album of R&B covers, Set.

    If you love brilliantly-crafted, shiny bright music about dark subjects, Big Star is your band.

    Also, if you're looking for a fairly easy, fun bass line to learn, check out Big Star's "In The Street". It's one of my favorite warm-ups.
  6. I came to know of Big Star as the creators of the song that inevitably finds its way into every 'Top 10 Most Depressing Songs Ever' list - Holocaust or 'Top 10 Most Depressing Albums Ever' - Third/Sister Lovers :D At any rate, I can't say I'm really thorough with their work, but this documentary looks promising.
  7. Personatech

    Personatech Supporting Member

    Big Star's one of my favorites and frequently cited by Southern jangle pop bands (R.E.M., dB's, Mitch Easter/Let's Active, etc.) as being a major influence. I hope to see the documentary soon - might just buy it when it's available on Google Play.
  8. Unprofessional


    Mar 5, 2012
    Yep. I saw Alex at this Birmingham dive called "The Nick". I believe it still exists. It used to get knocked over on a semi-regular basis. This would have been about 1989 or so. The Replacements were in town and played at the huge loading dock at Schloss Furnace. They were passing out handbills for Alex's show at the 'mats show. Afterwards, we eased over to the Nick to see Alex. Good times. I could stay up late back then.
  9. @Personatech I can definitely hear Big Star's influence on R.E.M.