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Nick Johnstone's Alex Chilton Site
News and info about Alex Chilton (though it hasn't been updated since last November) Alex Chilton
Profile and photograph.
Radio City
Yellow backgrounded web site dedicated to Alex Chilton
Big Star - A Fan Page
Fan page with photo gallery, discography and lyrics.
Alex Chilton and Big Star
Features pictures and information.
The Unofficial Big Star Homepage
Interviews, liner notes, lyrics and pictures.
PopMatters - Big Star
Review of "Record City." Big Star
Features news, album reviews, audio downloads, biographies, discography, links, and bulletin board.
Box Tops: Home Page
Alex Chilton's first band.
Amazon offers Third/Sister Lovers (Audio CD),21 February, 1992
Pop music artists |  Big Star  | pop stars List price $11.98
Sonic perfection of an unmatched order, your ears are not worthy / 5
This is the record that saved rock and roll from self parody, influenced three generations of independent musicians, and became the grandfather to new romanticism, shoe gazer, emo, and a host of lesser classifications in the rock-pop constellation. Irreplaceable, necessary, and far-reaching, it is imperative that any thinking person own this album.

It is perfect in every way.

There are two records that marked a paradigm shift in the construction of pop songs that have had enduring influence for decades and whose force cannot be overstated: The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and Big Star "Third"/"Sister Lovers." Others may point to "Pet Sounds" or the sheer endurance of the Rolling Stones, without recognizing that these artists are derivative listeners rather than a neglected pioneer like Alex Chilton. The modern exemplar proof of this statement is no less than Coldplay's Chris Martin at the London Live 8 concert in 2005 when introducing Richard Ashcroft/The Verve's "Bitter Sweet Symphony" as "the best song in the world." Both bands-and that song in particular-owe every note they ever played to Lennon/McCartney, but especially to Alex Chilton.

For Alex Chilton is simply the Robert Johnson of his age: virtually unknown, yet influential beyond all description, and this album is his master achievement for which he deserves a place in the rock and roll Pantheon. It has been said of David Bowie that he was always one step ahead of his contemporaries, anticipating shifts and initiating musical trends before other artists could catch up. If this is true, then with "Sister Lovers" Alex Chilton was thirty years ahead of his time.

Before "Big Star Third/Sister Lovers" there had never been an album that recorded so completely an artist's true self expression, intimacy with the unknown listener, liberty, and achingly beautiful compositional skill that was breaking new ground each hour it was recorded. These songs haunt like the shadows of old girlfriends. Perhaps only Dylan's "Blood on the Tracks" is of comparable magnitude in being both a memorable and singular artistic achievement.

It behooves us to examine the hit songs released in 1974, and see where rock and roll could have gone without this album and the intelligent fan base of aficionados and critics which have sustained its legendary status until the consciousness of the world could catch up. Here then is a list of top radio hits from 1974; it is not a pretty picture: "Smokin' In The Boys Room" - Brownsville Station, "Waterloo" - ABBA, "Billy, Don't Be a Hero" - Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods, "Already Gone" and "Best Of My Love" - The Eagles, "Kung Fu Fighting" - Carl Douglas, "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" - Bachman-Turner Overdrive, "Can't Get Enough" - Bad Company, "Shang-A-Lang" - Bay City Rollers, "Midnight At The Oasis" - Maria Muldaur, "I Honestly Love You" - Olivia Newton-John, and of course, the most horrific cloying noise that vaguely resemble music ever recorded..."(You're) Having My Baby" by Paul Anka & Odia Coates.

Utter waste.

If these bands and their records had ascended and became elder gods, we currently would live in a musical lake of pain the likes of which not even a sociopathic synthesis of Clive Barker, H.P. Lovecraft, and Dante could conceive. Horror upon horror would assault us from the radio. We would envy the deaf; stabbing out our ears with knitting needles.

Instead, we thank God that Alex Chilton had no money, was leaving his extended adolescence, and had developed a painful distaste for the promises of the record industry and a sublime discrimination in musical influences. And that he had nothing to loose.

He was embarking on that slow painful trek to middle age while retaining a slender light of the hope of youth, and he recorded a priceless masterwork for which anyone under thirty who has ever listened to a pop song unwittingly owes their deepest thanks. This is beauty rarely achieved in 10,000 artists' lifetimes, and by the grace of God, Jim Dickinson was there to put it down on vinyl.

In closing, I offer a list of bands that would not exist if this record had not been recorded: Radiohead, The Swans, Teenage Fanclub, Primal Scream, Oasis, Coldplay, Blur, Husker Du, The Replacements, Mazzy Star, REM, The Bangles, Lush, Ride, My Bloody Valentine, The Smashing Pumpkins, The White Stripes, The Gun Club, The Boo Radleys, Slowdive, Chapterhouse, Galaxy 500, Curve, Jesus & Mary Chain, Moby, Catherine Wheel, Pale Saints, Ivy, and They Might Be Giants.

In short, without Big Star "Third"/"Sister Lovers" modern alternative rock simply would not exist.

The Cocteau Twins "Heaven or Las Vegas" album would not exist. Roxy Music's "Avalon" album would not exist. Sigur Ros would not exist.

I think that is explanation enough.

Song "You Can’t Have Me"
Espionage, the words to come back to me
Sidewinder, you clepto,
You do steal things
Unawares, but i don't care

You can't have me
You can't have me
You can't have me
You can't have me, not for free.

Gymnast, working out on the parallel rails
Cuttin' trails, screams and wails
Face go pale, never fails
You do steal things
Unawares, but i don't care

You can't have me
You can't have me
You can't have me
You can't have me, not for free.

The drummer said you were not very clean
The drummer said you were not very clean
And i know what he means
And i know what he means

You can't have me
You can't have me
You can't have me
You can't have me, not for free.

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