Alex Chilton — Electricity By Candlelight / NYC 2/13/97 (Bar/None Records)
If anyone ever thought less of his or her legendary status than Alex Chilton, I don’t know about it. Having your big hit-maker band fall apart before your 20th birthday can mess with your head, and having most of the money said band made funnel into other people’s pockets can make that mess worse.
Chilton moved on to Big Star, a posthumously deified power-pop ensemble of enormous potential that fell victim to bad business situations and worse timing. From there he went down, hard. The guy who conquered the charts with “The Letter” and built a monument to desperate young love with “September Gurls” wound up rolling in the sawdust, driving a stake through the heart of his own career on “Baron of Love, Pt. 2.