25 September 2012

Big Star - Makeover

In Space is the fourth studio album by the American rock group Big Star, recorded in 2004, released in 2005. It was the first new studio recording by the band since Third/Sister Lovers, which was recorded in 1974.
"Makeover" was written by Jon Auer, Alex Chilton, Jody Stephens, and Ken Stringfellow.

The album featured original Big Star members Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens, with two more recent recruits, Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow. Auer and Stringfellow had been members of The Posies before joining Big Star for sporadic live performances and tours since 1993. Big Star did not tour in support of the album.

31 July 2012

Boogie Shoes

"Boogie Shoes" is a popular song released in 1975 on the self-titled album KC and the Sunshine Band by the disco group KC and the Sunshine Band. The song became a hit when it appeared on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack in 1977. The song is still heard on radio stations today as a disco-era staple. It reached as high as number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 29 on the soul chart in 1978.
Structurally, it utilizes the twelve-bar blues chord progression. As with several of KC's disco songs, some of the lyrics are playfully suggestive: "I want to do it till the sun comes up / I want to do till I can't get enough."
The song is part of the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever, and is featured in numerous other films, including No Escape (1994), Mallrats (1995), Boogie Nights (1997), Detroit Rock City (1999), The Wedding Date (2005) as well as television series, Sports Night, Desperate Housewives (both, coincidentally, with star Felicity Huffman dancing to it), and Flash Forward. The song has been sampled by The Bloodhound Gang in the song "One Way", and more recently by Trick Daddy in his song "Take It to Da House." Alex Chilton famously covered "Boogie Shoes" on his 1979 album Like Flies On Sherbert. In 2012, the song was sung by Alex Newell (playing a transgendered teen) in the Glee episode "Saturday Night Glee-ver".

Like Flies On Sherbert, the album that includes "Boogie Shoes" was issued on vinyl, a compact disc on Cooking Vinyl, a compact disc on Redeye, and as an MP3 album. "Boogie Shoes" is also available as an MP3 single.

28 June 2012

Nice 'n' Easy

Alex Chilton: "Nice 'n' Easy". Among Lew Spence's best-known songs was "Nice 'n' Easy", recorded by Frank Sinatra; Spence (1920-2008) wrote the melody, while Alan Bergman (born 1925) and Marilyn Keith Bergman (born 1929) wrote the lyrics. The song was nominated for three Grammy awards in 1960.
Alex Chilton performs "Nice 'n' Easy":
"Nice 'n' Easy" is available on a vinyl EP, a single compact disc and a double compact disc.

31 May 2012

You Don't Have to Go

Alex Chilton performs "You Don't Have to Go" (Jimmy Reed) in 1995, with Ron Easley (guitar), Richard Dworkin (drums). Recorded at Ardent Studios, Memphis, Tennessee. From the album A Man Called Destruction.

28 April 2012

Stereo Total - Je suis venu te dire que je m'en vais

Stereo Total's recording of "Je suis venu te dire que je m'en vais" features Alex Chilton. The title translates as "I Came Here to Say I'm Going Away" or "I Just Came to Tell You That I'm Going" or "I Have Come to Tell You I'm Going". Written by Serge Gainsbourg. Recorded and released by Gainsbourg in 1973. It's on the Stereo Total album Oh Ah, available as a compact disc, an MP3 single track, or an MP3 album.

29 March 2012

Big Star - Baby Strange

Big Star "Baby Strange" (1974). Written by Marc Bolan. Recorded by Bolan in 1971.
"From Nobody Can Dance. This track recorded live at the Levitt Shell, Overton Park, Memphis Tn. in May 1974. Alex Chilton, John Lightman, and the drummer, play T-Rex' Baby Strange."

Recorded in 1974.
Recorded in 1973.

Recorded in 1993.