What music becomes a movie hero most?
Sarah McLachlan’s first album of new material in seven years will come out on June 15. And it looks like she has a little tour called Lilith 2010 coming around to help promote it.
Our love for Dave Grohl pretty much knows no bounds, but it’s just taken an exponential leap with “Fresh Pots!,” the hilarious Youtube video posted by Them Crooked Vultures as a cautionary tale to the dangers of caffeine addiction. Leave the heroin to other folks.
in the two-minute clip, we see Grohl, who is seriously the nicest guy in rock, get a little wacked out his drug of choice, coffee.
The epilogue swears that Grohl, who is now working on a new Foo Fighters album, actually landed in the hospital a few weeks after this video was filmed for caffeine-related symptoms, but we have a feeling that may just be part a tall tale. If so, we sure hope a withdrawal video is forthcoming.
this is one addict we don’t think will need a stint with Dr. Drew.
David Byrne is brilliant and he’s earned the right to do whatever appeals to his crazy little mind, but we do have to say that when we first heard about his plans for a two-CD concept album about the relationship between Imelda Marcos, wife of the former Philippines leader Ferdinand Marcos, and one of her servants, it sounded like it could appeal to a very small niche market.
Ironically, Big Star, who no doubt influenced 1000 of the 1500 acts playing at SXSW this week, was slated to play the Austin music festival on Saturday.
Chilton was only 16 when he sang the Box Tops’ huge hit, “The Letter” in the ‘60s. Shortly following that band’s break up in 1970 and a short-lived attempt at a solo career, Chilton joined with Chris Bell (who died in 1978), Andy Hummel and Jody Stephens, who, like him were obsessed with British pop. The foursome, known as Big Star, helped put Memphis on the modern day pop map, recording at Ardent Studio, as well as being the lead act on the Stax-distributed label. It released three critically adored albums, but the band never achieved any true modicum of commercial success.
Chilton, always a reluctant musical hero, returned to his solo career and relocated to New Orleans. In the ‘90s, with their cult status secure, Big Star reunited with the addition of Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow from the Posies. The last Big Star album, “In Space,” was released in 2005.
The group never scored a major hit, but it—and Chilton’s—influence on modern day pop music can’t be underestimated, especially when it comes to ‘80s acts like REM and the Replacements, who revered Chilton so much that they wrote and recorded a song, “Alex Chilton,” as a tribute for its 1987 album, “Pleased To Meet Me.”
Additionally, scores of artists, ranging from Wilco, the Bangles, Jeff Buckley and Counting Crows have recorded his songs. However, for many people, their only exposure to Big Star was the group's "In the Street," a version of which was used as the opening theme for "That '70s Show."
Chilton is survived by his wife, Laura, and son, Timothy.