At 4/7/14 05:32 PM, Oolaph wrote:
Since @Dr-Worm was the only other one to participate, I guess that makes him this week's picker! You know how it goes, and pick somethin' good for us.
Woo! This was actually pretty difficult because so many of the things I would have picked are from the same decade as last week's, but I guess this week (unless you guys are cooler than I thought and have all listened to it already, in which case I have some backups) we'll listen to:
Big Star - #1 Record (1972)
Big Star, sadly unappreciated during the band's brief lifetime but now rightfully revered by a large cult audience, is pretty much indisputably the best power pop band of all time. Shepherded by the creative forces of Chris Bell and Alex Chilton, the band's songs are alternately suffused with both youthful pop exuberance and an undercurrent of yearning and melancholy. They may not have the universal recognition and acclaim of some other bands' albums, but #1 Record and Radio City (and, okay @Slint, maybe Third) are true pop masterpieces that deserve to be held up there with the best of the best. To quote The Replacements, "I never travel far without a little Big Star."
And even if you're not familiar with the band's music there's a good chance you'll recognize one of the songs on this album from somewhere else...