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Encyclopedia > Big Star (band)
Big Star
Origin Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A.
Genre(s) Rock and Roll
Power pop
Years active 1971-1974, 1993-present
Members
Jon Auer
Alex Chilton
Jody Stephens
Ken Stringfellow
Former members
Chris Bell
Andy Hummel
John Lightman

Big Star is an American rock and roll band founded in the early 1970s. Critic Jason Ankeny describes Big Star as "the quintessential American power pop band [and] one of the most mythic and influential cult acts in all of rock & roll."[1] For other uses, see Memphis (disambiguation). ... This article is about the U.S. state of Tennessee. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Power pop is a long-standing musical genre that draws its inspiration from 1960s British and American pop music. ... Auer performing with The Posies in 2005. ... Alex Chilton, circa 1999 Photo: Aimeé Toledano Alex Chilton (born William Alexander Chilton, on December 28, 1950, in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American songwriter, guitarist, singer and producer best known for his work with the pop-music bands the Box Tops and Big Star. ... Stringfellow performing with The Posies in 2005. ... Chris Bell was a singer, songwriter and guitarist born on January 25, 1951 in Memphis, Tennessee. ... John Lightman is a legendary bass guitar player in Memphis, Tennessee. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Power pop is a long-standing musical genre that draws its inspiration from 1960s British and American pop music. ... This article does not discuss cultist groups, personality cults, or cult in its original sense of religious practice. See cult (disambiguation) for more meanings of the term cult. A cult following is a group of fans devoted to a specific area of pop culture. ...


Initially co-led by Chris Bell and Alex Chilton in 1971, Big Star's music was lyrical, powerful, at times melancholy pop for the post-1960s generation. Their approach not only recalled the British Invasion groups, but also the spare, relaxed style of Stax Records as well as the edgy rockabilly of early Sun Records. In an era of singer-songwriters, jam bands, and heavy-metal groups, they played melodic, concisely written pop songs -- and sold very few records. However, their reputation, negligible beyond a small coterie of admirers at the time they initially disbanded in 1974, steadily grew after their original break-up. Chris Bell was a singer, songwriter and guitarist born on January 25, 1951 in Memphis, Tennessee. ... Alex Chilton, circa 1999 Photo: Aimeé Toledano Alex Chilton (born William Alexander Chilton, on December 28, 1950, in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American songwriter, guitarist, singer and producer best known for his work with the pop-music bands the Box Tops and Big Star. ... For other uses, see British Invasion (disambiguation). ... Stax Records is an American record label, originally based out of Memphis, Tennessee. ...


A new line-up of Big Star (still featuring original members Chilton and Jody Stephens) formed in 1993, and released a new studio album in 2005.

Contents

Early history

Bell had previously worked on several of the songs in Big Star's early repertoire while in the groups Icewater and Rock City, whose personnel had also included Stephens, Terry Manning, Thomas Eubanks, Steve Rhea, Hummel, Vance Alexander, Richard Rosebrough, and eventually Chilton. Recordings from the late 1960s and early 1970s by these groups are included on the Rock City and Rockin' Memphis 1960s–1970s Vol. 1 albums released on Lucky Seven/Rounder Records in 2003. Terry Manning is a music producer, songwriter, photographer and recording engineer known for work in rock, rhythm and blues, and pop music genres. ...


Big Star was formed in 1971 in Memphis, Tennessee, by guitarist/vocalist Chris Bell, bassist Andy Hummel, and drummer Jody Stephens. Not long afterwards, guitarist/vocalist Alex Chilton, previously of The Box Tops, joined. All four at times contributed to the songwriting and lead vocals, with Chilton and Bell singing and writing the majority of the early songs as a team modeled after John Lennon and Paul McCartney's collaborative style. Chilton and Bell met at Memphis University School. Big Star's inspirations included The Beatles, The Byrds, The Kinks, The Zombies, Badfinger, The Who, Todd Rundgren, Moby Grape, The Beach Boys and Free. For other uses, see Memphis (disambiguation). ... Chris Bell was a singer, songwriter and guitarist born on January 25, 1951 in Memphis, Tennessee. ... Alex Chilton, circa 1999 Photo: Aimeé Toledano Alex Chilton (born William Alexander Chilton, on December 28, 1950, in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American songwriter, guitarist, singer and producer best known for his work with the pop-music bands the Box Tops and Big Star. ... The Box Tops were a United States pop music group of the late 1960s. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, poet, entrepreneur, painter, record producer, film producer, and animal-rights activist. ... Memphis University School (MUS) is an all-male private school for grades 7–12, located in Memphis, Tennessee. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Not to be confused with The Birds (band). ... The Kinks were an English rock group formed in 1963 by lead singer-songwriter Ray Davies, his brother, lead guitarist and vocalist Dave Davies, and bassist Pete Quaife. ... The Zombies, formed in 1961 in St Albans, were an English rock band. ... Badfinger were a rock/pop band formed in Swansea, Wales in 1965, and one of the earliest representatives of the power pop genre. ... The Who are an English rock band that formed in 1964. ... Todd Harry Rundgren (born June 22, 1948 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States), is an American musician, singer, songwriter and record producer. ... Moby Grape was an American roots rock and psychedelic rock group of the 1960s that was known for having all five members contribute to singing and songwriting and that collectively merged elements of jazz, country, and blues together with rock. ... The Beach Boys is an American rock and roll band. ... Free was a British R&B-style rock band which formed in London in 1968 best known for their popular song All Right Now. Lead singer Paul Rodgers went on to become lead singer of the rock band Bad Company along with Simon Kirke on drums, while lead guitarist Paul...


Big Star were named after a Memphis supermarket, and did not receive their final name until recording sessions were underway for their debut, #1 Record. This album was recorded by Ardent Studios head John Fry, with assistance from Terry Manning, who contributed occasional backing vocals and keyboards. #1 Record, was released in 1972, but the band's Ardent Records label encountered problems with its Stax and Columbia Records distributors, resulting in poor sales. #1 Record is the debut album by the American rock group Big Star. ... Ardent Studios is the Memphis studio where albums released by Ardent Records and many other recording labels are recorded. ... Terry Manning is a music producer, songwriter, photographer and recording engineer known for work in rock, rhythm and blues, and pop music genres. ... Ardent Records was a Memphis-based record label of the early 1970s. ... Streaming API for XML (StAX) is an application programming interface (API) to read and write XML documents in the Java programming language. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ...

The distinctive photo for Radio City was taken by American photographer William Eggleston

Bell, struggling with severe depression and disappointed by the album's lack of commercial success, left the group in 1972 to pursue a solo career. Big Star soon disbanded for a brief period, but then reformed and released Radio City (1974), an album featuring two of Big Star's more famous songs, "September Gurls" and "Back of a Car." Although uncredited, Bell contributed to the writing of a few of the album's songs, including "O My Soul" and "Back of a Car," according to Fry (quoted by Clark, 1992) and Hummel (quoted by Jovanovic, 2004). In spite of critical acclaim, the album did not sell well; Hummel quit and was replaced by Jon Lightman for live concerts. Cover of the Big Star album Radio City. ... Cover of the Big Star album Radio City. ... Radio City is the second album by the American rock group Big Star. ... William Eggleston (born July 27, 1939) is an American photographer. ... Radio City is the second album by the American rock group Big Star. ...


Chilton and Stephens recorded tracks with producer Jim Dickinson for a planned double album with an array of friends and guests including vocalist Lisa Aldridge, drummer Richard Rosebrough, Lee Baker of Mud Boy and the Neutrons, and Steve Cropper. Rosebrough had played on some of Chilton's post-Box Tops solo recordings in 1970 prior to Chilton's joining Big Star and also appeared on a couple of recordings on Radio City ("What's Goin' Ahn", "She's a Mover" and "Mod Lang," according to Stephens, quoted by Metz). After finishing the recordings, Big Star again disbanded in late 1974. The album was finally released four years later, on the PVC label, as Third. Third (retitled Third/Sister Lovers for its 1992 CD release), combined a confessional approach with a distinct pop sensibility that recalled a variety of influences from the Left Banke to the Velvet Underground. Jim Dickinson is an American record producer, pianist and singer. ... Mud Boy and the Neutrons is a Memphis rock music band who influenced the Memphis alternative rock scene in the 1970s through the 1990s, inspiring groups like Tav Falcos Panther Burns, North Mississippi Allstars, Big Ass Truck, and others from the area. ... Steve The Colonel Cropper (born October 21, 1941) is an American guitarist, songwriter, producer, and soul musician. ... Third, also known as Sister Lovers and Beale Street Green, is a rock album recorded by Memphis power pop group Big Star in 1974 and released in 1978. ... Left Banke group photo The Left Banke was an American 1960s pop-music group which produced two hit singles, Walk Away Renee and Pretty Ballerina. Often utilizing so-called baroque string arrangements, the bands music is best viewed as an imaginative response to the work of The Beatles, The... The Velvet Underground and Nico (from left to right: John Cale, Nico, Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison, and Maureen Tucker) The Velvet Underground (Affectionately known as The Velvets, or V.U. for short) was an American rock and roll band of the late 1960s. ...


Original guitarist Chris Bell was killed in an automobile accident shortly after the delayed release of Third in 1978.


Later history and reunion

Chilton and Stephens reunited in 1993 with Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow of the American pop band The Posies taking the place of Bell and Hummel at the University of Missouri. For an encore, the band performed Gene Chandler's "Duke of Earl," reflecting Chilton's marked interest in early rock and roll. This appearance was followed by tours of Europe and Japan, as well as an appearance on The Tonight Show. Auer performing with The Posies in 2005. ... Stringfellow performing with The Posies in 2005. ... -1... University of Missouri redirects here. ... This article is about the singer. ... Duke of Earl is a 1962 hit song, originally written and performed by Gene Chandler. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Other retrospective Big Star releases include Columbia: Live at Missouri University 4/25/93, a recording of the first reunion show; Big Star Live, a 1974 radio broadcast from Long Island; and Nobody Can Dance, a recording of the last Big Star show as a trio, performed at Overton Park in Memphis.


Members of Big Star returned to Ardent Studios in early 2004 to work on a new album, called In Space. The album was released on September 27, 2005, on Rykodisc and featured songs cowritten by Chilton, Stephens, Auer, and Stringfellow,. Rykodisc Records is an American record label, and subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ...


Big Star played a rare live show on October 20, 2007 at San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium. San Francisco-based band Oranger, which includes Matt Harris of The Posies, performed as opening act. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... -1...


On March 13, 2008, Big Star were confirmed to appear at Rhythm Festival in the UK. is the 72nd day of the year (73rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Era (or Anno Domini), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ...


Currently, the company Clearvision MPG is preparing a film on Big Star's history, based on Rob Jovanovic's book Big Star: The Story of Rock's Forgotten Band.


Influence

In the 1980s, critics began to cite Big Star's albums as among the finer recordings of the previous decade, and an important link between the classic guitar-pop of the '60s and the new-wave and alternative rock sounds of the '80s. Three of Big Star’s albums, Radio City, #1 Record, and Third/Sister Loversare included in Rolling Stone magazine’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. Many alternative bands and artists of the '80s and '90s, including R.E.M., Teenage Fanclub, The Replacements, Primal Scream, the Posies, Bill Lloyd and the dB's, cited Big Star as a major influence. Big Star's influence on acts such as Game Theory, Matthew Sweet, and Velvet Crush is unmistakable.[2] This article is about the magazine. ... R.E.M. is an American rock band formed in Athens, Georgia in 1980 by Bill Berry (drums), Peter Buck (guitar), Mike Mills (bass guitar), and Michael Stipe (vocals). ... Teenage Fanclub are a Scottish alternative rock band from Bellshill, near Glasgow, formed in 1989. ... For other uses, see The Replacements (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Primal Scream (disambiguation). ... -1... The dBs were a power pop group of the late 1970s and 1980s. ... Game Theory was an American rock and roll band from 1981 to 1989. ... Sidney Matthew Sweet (born c. ... Velvet Crush is a power pop band from Rhode Island that achieved prominence in indie-rock circles in the early- and mid-1990s. ...


The Replacements paid tribute to Big Star and Alex Chilton in their single "Alex Chilton," featured on their 1987 album "Pleased to Meet Me." The song includes the lyric "I never travel too far without a little Big Star." For other uses, see The Replacements (disambiguation). ... Pleased to Meet Me is the fifth album by the Replacements. ...


The Bangles included a cover of "September Gurls", right down to a note for note guitar solo, on their 1985 album Different Light. This Mortal Coil recorded covers of "Holocaust" and "Kangaroo" on their album It'll End in Tears and Chris Bell's songs "I am the Cosmos" and "You and Your Sister" on the album Blood. Fellow 4 AD artist His Name is Alive covers "Blue Moon" on their 1993 release, Mouth by Mouth. Singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley also performed a version of "Kangaroo" (seen on the posthumous album Mystery White Boy) at live concerts, though he and his band added a long "jam" at the end of the song. For the jewelry item, see Bangle. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Itll End in Tears was an album released in 1984 by a collection of 4AD musicians using the name This Mortal Coil. ... A long and involving Dream Goth album by This Mortal Coil, released in 1991. ... His Name Is Alive is an experimental rock band/ project from Livonia, Michigan. ... Mouth by Mouth is an album by His Name Is Alive, released by 4AD in 1993. ... Jeffrey Scott Buckley (November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997), raised as Scotty Moorhead,[1] was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. ... Mystery White Boy is a live album by Jeff Buckley released in 2000 (see 2000 in music). ...


Big Star was introduced to a new generation of fans when "In the Street" was selected as a representative song of the 1970s decade by the producers of the sitcom That '70s Show, who used it for the show's theme song in 1998. In 1999, Cheap Trick recorded a new version of the song, renamed "That '70s Song," for the show. "That '70s Song" and the original Big Star version of "September Gurls" were included in a 1999 album released by the television program's producers, That '70s Show Presents That '70s Album: Rockin'. Numerous other Big Star songs appear in various episodes of That '70s Show including "Thirteen" which is played in both the season six episode "The Seeker", and during Donna's flashback in one of the final scenes of the series finale. A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... That 70s Show is an American television sitcom that centered on the lives of a group of teenagers living in the fictional town of Point Place, Wisconsin, from May 17, 1976 to December 31, 1979. ... Cheap Trick is an American rock band from Rockford, Illinois, that gained popularity in the late 1970s. ... That 70s Show is an American television sitcom that centered on the lives of a group of teenagers living in the fictional town of Point Place, Wisconsin, from May 17, 1976 to December 31, 1979. ...


Elliott Smith and Garbage both covered "Thirteen". Placebo covered "Holocaust" recently on their special edition version of Sleeping with Ghosts. Son Volt also recorded a cover of "Holocaust" that appears on their "Son Volt - A Retrospective 1995-2000" CD. The Lemonheads perform a cover of "I'm In Love With A Girl" in their live sets (Auckland gig - 26 March). For the self-titled album, see Elliott Smith (album). ... Look up garbage in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Ashtray Heart redirects here. ... Sleeping with Ghosts is the fourth album released by European band Placebo in 2003 (see 2003 in music). ... Son Volt Son Volt is a popular music group formed by Jay Farrar in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1994, after the breakup of the band Uncle Tupelo. ... The Lemonheads are an alternative rock band from the United States. ...


Australian rock band You Am I recorded a version of "In The Street" as a b-side on their "Cathy's Clown" single. The band has also covered "September Gurls" during live shows. In addition to this, it is commonly believed that You Am I's "#4 Record" is a direct reference to Big Star's "#1 Record". To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


In 2003, the band Yo La Tengo released a cover of "Take Care" on their album entitled, "Summer Sun". Yo La Tengo is an American indie rock band, based in Hoboken, New Jersey. ...


Hans Vandenburg covers Big Star's "I'm In Love With A Girl" on his 1994 solo set, "Commercial Break".


At Colin Meloy (of The Decemberists)'s August 21, 2005 solo show at the Beachcomber, he performed a cover of "Nighttime."


In 2006 the song "I'm In Love With A Girl" appeared in a Heineken television commercial. Heineken (or Heineken Brouwerijen) is a Dutch beer brewer, established in 1863 when Gerard Adriaan Heineken purchased a brewery in Amsterdam. ...


The long-anticipated Big Star, Small World, a tribute album, was released on May 23, 2006. The release includes covers by popular groups Gin Blossoms, Wilco, Afghan Whigs, Whiskeytown, and others. This article is about the band Gin Blossoms; for the medical condition known by the term, see Rosacea. ... This article is about the music group. ... The Afghan Whigs were an American soul-influenced hard rock band of the 1990s. ... Whiskeytown was an alternative country band formed in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1994. ...


In 2006, Okkervil River released a cover of "O, Dana" on their Australian Tour EP Overboard and Down. This article is about the musical band. ... Overboard and Down is an EP by indie band Okkervil River for their 2006 Australian tour. ...


The song "Thirteen" was featured on an episode of CBS's How I Met Your Mother, airing March 24, 2008. "Thirteen" was also featured on a episode of Gilmore Girls and was included on the show's soundtrack Our Little Corner of the World. How I Met Your Mother (or HIMYM) is an American situation comedy that premiered on CBS Broadcasting on September 19, 2005. ... Gilmore Girls is a long-running, Emmy Award winning, and Golden Globe nominated American television drama/comedy created by Amy Sherman-Palladino and starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. ...


Singer-songwriter Trevor Menear [Shangri-La Music] recorded a live version and filmed a video of "Thirteen" at the Gibson Guitar showroom in Los Angeles on May 8, 2008.


Personnel

  • Alex Chilton — guitars, vocals (1971-present)
  • Jody Stephens — drums, vocals (1971-present)
  • Chris Bell — guitars, vocals (1971-1972)
  • Andy Hummel — bass, vocals (1971-1973)
  • Jon Auer — guitar, vocals (1993-present)
  • Ken Stringfellow — bass, vocals (1993-present)

Alex Chilton, circa 1999 Photo: Aimeé Toledano Alex Chilton (born William Alexander Chilton, on December 28, 1950, in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American songwriter, guitarist, singer and producer best known for his work with the pop-music bands the Box Tops and Big Star. ... Chris Bell was a singer, songwriter and guitarist born on January 25, 1951 in Memphis, Tennessee. ... Auer performing with The Posies in 2005. ... Stringfellow performing with The Posies in 2005. ...

Discography

Big Star albums

  • #1 Record (Ardent/Stax, 1972)
  • Radio City (Ardent/Stax, 1974)
  • Third/Sister Lovers (PVC, 1978)
  • Live (Rykodisc, 1992)
  • Nobody Can Dance (Norton, 1999)
  • Columbia: Live at Missouri University (Zoo/Volcano, 1993)
  • In Space (Rykodisc, 2005)

#1 Record is the debut album by the American rock group Big Star. ... Radio City is the second album by the American rock group Big Star. ... Third, also known as Sister Lovers and Beale Street Green, is a rock album recorded by Memphis power pop group Big Star in 1974 and released in 1978. ...

Tribute albums

  • Not the Singer but the Songs (Munster Records, 1991)
  • A Tribute to Big Star (Lunasea, 2001)
  • Big Star, Small World (Koch, 2006)

Big Star Small World is a 2006 tribute album to the American power pop band, Big Star. ...

References

  1. ^ allmusic ((( Big Star > Biography )))
  2. ^ Harrington, Joe S. Sonic Cool: The Life and Death of Rock 'n' Roll. Hal Leonard (2002), p. 337-38. ISBN 0-634-02861-8.
  • Ankeny, Jason. "Big Star Biography." Accessed Apr. 28, 2005.
  • Auer, Jon (April 11, 2005). "New Posies and Big Star release...?" Big Star Book. Accessed Apr. 28, 2005.
  • Boldman, Gina. "That '70s Show Presents That '70s Album: Rockin' review." Allmusic.com. Accessed Jun. 20, 2005.
  • "Box Tops Biographies." Box Tops Official website. Accessed Jun. 19, 2005.
  • Clark, Rick (1992). "Liner notes." Big Star: #1 Record/Radio City double CD. Memphis: Ardent Records.
  • Gordon, Robert (1995). It Came From Memphis. New York: Pocket Books. ISBN 0-7434-1045-9.
  • Gross, Jason (July 2001). "Big Star — Andy Hummel." Perfect Sound Forever. Accessed Jun. 19, 2005.
  • "The Jokers." Box Tops Official website. Accessed Jun. 19, 2005.
  • Jovanovic, Rob (2004). Big Star: The Story of Rock's Forgotten Band. London: Fourth Estate. ISBN 0-00-714908-5.
  • "The Jynx." Box Tops official website. Accessed Jun. 19, 2005.
  • Manning, Terry (2003). "Liner notes." Rock City. Nassau: Lucky Seven Records.
  • Metz, Adam. Jody Stephens interview. Accessed Jan. 29, 2006.
  • Ritchie, Paul (April 1996). "Alex Chilton: Live in Glasgow." Ready Steady Go! Accessed May 12, 2005.
  • Ritchie, Paul (August 5, 1998). "Teenage Fanclub." Ready Steady Go!. Accessed May 12, 2005.
  • "Rock City and Rockin' Memphis album descriptions." Lucky Seven Records website. Accessed Jun. 30, 2005.
  • Rosen, Craig (August 16, 1999). "Cheap Trick Does Big Star For 'That '70s Show.'" Cheap Trick News on Yahoo! Music. Accessed May 12, 2005.
  • Stern, Theresa (December 22, 1996). "Interview: Jody Stephens." Perfect Sound Forever. Accessed Jun. 19, 2005.
  • Confirmed for Rhythm Festival http://www.rhythmfestival.net/

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