Alex Chilton’s solo debut has achieved a bit of cult status for its eccentricities and loose collar atmosphere. I’d love to see a bit of rock revisionist history reassessing Like Flies on Sherbert’s influence and place in the independent rock canon, it is to me a cornerstone.Like Flies saw Chilton stripping all of Big Star’s innocence and professionalism and replacing it with a slacker climate, while retaining the power pop legends’ proficiency for instantaneous melodies. There’s bizarre vocal mannerisms, sore thumb sloppy guitar work and screwy synthesizers, at times even reaching Trout Mask Replica strangeness. “I’ve Had It,” is a fifties rock pastiche that finds Chilton sounding more like David Thomas of Pere Ubu. Between the bruised production and offbeat pop sensibilities, Like Flies on Sherbert leaves the lo fi and slacker rock movements of the early nineties looking like obvious descendants of this ‘79 messy masterpiece.