Re: Big Star Documentary
posted at 2/11/2014 11:04 AM EST
In response to DeadAhead2's comment:
In response to MattyScornD's comment:
Great doc about an excellent band.
Big Star is definitely one of those bands that caught lightning in a bottle and couldn't contain it for long. They were just so influential and important, and to this day, it's hard to imagine the world of indie rock without them, much less punk and post-punk, college rock, etc.
(And if anyone thinks I might be exaggerating, listen for yourself.)
For years, I had a cassette with "#1 Record" (flawless from start to finish) on one side and "Radio City" on the other until it literally wore out.
"Thirteen" is one of the prettiest songs ever, IMO...not a single off-note or -sentiment. "Back of a Car" is the quintessential teenage make-out tune. They infused guitar pop with a great sense of soul and heart...classic, but not in the stereotypical classic rock sense.
(Topical these days now that one of their best successors, The Replacements, are back on the scene.)
Not a huge fan of that style of music (indie/searching for a sound and hope it works even though interesting), but their sound and influence came well before REM or the Replacements, which makes them sort of a trailblazing band. They pretty much laid the groundwork.
You look at a band like the Jayhawks or Wilco, later on, same deal. They pretty much pulled from that. There is something to be said for it.
However, I don't get the punk thing. Their arrangements were much too melodic for that, but I appreciate them much more for their sound than their catalog. They had the right idea.
I listen to Oh My Soul literally twice a month at minimum. It would be a killer cover choice by a band that can nail that groove.
Anyway, well done documentary.
I concede the punk influence was a bit of a stretch...was perhaps thinking more of the garage aesthetic, e.g. early-Who and -Kinks, Pretty Things, et al.