Power pop gets no respect. That’s just fucked. I feel that writing a really amazing catchy pop song, is a lot more difficult than writing your typical sad singer songwriter stuff that gets constantly praised. Beautiful vocal harmonies, catchy chord progressions and immaculate production doesn’t just randomly happen. It takes a lot of time and effort and songwriting skill, a la big star. Big Star were a 70’s band that released 3 albums and then disbanded (later reunited but let’s not talk too much about that).They basically invented the idea of power pop. And what an idea! Happy vocal harmonies and 60’s beatlesy production that overshadow the fact that a lot of the songs were very sad.
So Chris Bell was one of the two primary songwriters for big star, the other being Alex chilton (the frontman for the band). Bell released a couple solo singles in the 70’s, this one being the most prominent. Unlike a lot of happy big star songs, this one is not subtly sad. It’s just a sad breakup song. However he has an amazing ear for melodic simple guitar lines and chord progressions that make the song startingly beautiful.
Another rare clip of Alex Chilton, along with bassist Ron Easley and drummer Richard Dworkin at New York City’s now defunct Coney Island High. Here we have Alex and the rest of the band performing a heartbreaking rendition of “Duke of Earl”.
I’m in love with a girl Finest girl in the world I didn’t know I could feel this way.
Radio City is the second album by the American rock group Big Star. Released in 1974, Radio City was recorded during 1973 at Memphis’ Ardent Studios. Though not a commercial success at the time, it is now recognized as a milestone album in the history of power pop music. Critically acclaimed upon its release, the record sold poorly, partly due to a lack of promotion and the distribution problems of the band’s struggling record label, Ardent Records. In 2003, the album was ranked number 403 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.Rolling Stone magazine also ranked the song “September Gurls” as number 178 on its 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.Sound And Vision ranked it number 43 on its The Top 50 Albums of All Time list.