R.I.P. Alex Chilton, Take Care

by Eric Melin on March 18, 2010

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A man who wrote countless numbers of songs that mean so much to me died of a heart attack yesterday at 59. His name is Alex Chilton and he led a band called Big Star that has given me more joy than you can know. On my way down to the bar last night to play, I saw all these drunken revelers cheering each other, dressed in green, whooping it up, and wanted to say, “Fuck you, do you know what happened today?”

Then I realized they don’t know who Alex is and he wouldn’t have had it any other way. He had even said before that his Big Star songs meant little to him. Well, he’s always been a difficult bastard and a famous contrarian, and I love that about him. So take care, Alex, please take care. You will be missed.

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers.com and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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1 Reed March 18, 2010 at 6:51 am

Won’t you tell your dad, “Get off my back”
Tell him what we said ’bout ‘Paint It Black’
Rock ‘n Roll is here to stay
Come inside where it’s okay
And I’ll shake you

Well said, Eric.
Sad day today.

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2 Reed March 18, 2010 at 6:51 am

Won’t you tell your dad, “Get off my back”
Tell him what we said ’bout ‘Paint It Black’
Rock ‘n Roll is here to stay
Come inside where it’s okay
And I’ll shake you

Well said, Eric.
Sad day today.

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3 Rich Yarges March 18, 2010 at 8:29 am

I am really saddened by this. I knew the days were coming when my Heros would start leaving this world. I never did meet Alex but I feel like I know him from his Big Star work. Eric hit the nail on the head. Alex didn’t really care. He created 2, some would argue 3, magical records with Big Star and then was happy floundering in obscurity. Up until Paul Westerberg touted his greatness none of us even had a clue about Big Star. I first heard Big Star probably around 1991. My good friend Brian Harris had some how come across a LP copy of Radio City. The rest is history at least for me. You will be missed.

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4 Rich Yarges March 18, 2010 at 8:29 am

I am really saddened by this. I knew the days were coming when my Heros would start leaving this world. I never did meet Alex but I feel like I know him from his Big Star work. Eric hit the nail on the head. Alex didn’t really care. He created 2, some would argue 3, magical records with Big Star and then was happy floundering in obscurity. Up until Paul Westerberg touted his greatness none of us even had a clue about Big Star. I first heard Big Star probably around 1991. My good friend Brian Harris had some how come across a LP copy of Radio City. The rest is history at least for me. You will be missed.

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