Big Star – #1 Record (1972)
Friend type #3: After meeting and talking for all of a few minutes you just know, to borrow the White Stripes song, We’re going to be friends.
An early ‘power pop’ artist?
Songwriting duo comparisons to Lennon/McCartney?
Is there any chance I wouldn’t like Big Star? Well, maybe a Dumb & Dumber-esque probability:
This wasn’t that one time out of a million: unsurprisingly, I’m a fan.
More than any other artist, I heard the Lemonheads when listening to #1 Record. That delicious blend of acoustic + electric, seemingly effortless vocals and songwriting, and instantly likeable tunes that don’t wear thin after repeated listens.
Although amateur guitarists complain about their tedious nature, the pros know why practicing scales is essential: so you can play nice, quick, clean phrase-ending walk-ups like those heard in The Ballad of El Goodo.
I did a double take upon hearing In The Street: I hadn’t realized the theme song for That 70’s Show was a pre-existing tune!
A #1 Record, it was not at the time, at least in terms of commercial success. It’s another one of those albums whose importance was appreciated years later, when the aforementioned groups from the 80s & 90s began praising Big Star’s sound.
This Big Star debut also lends credence to my theory that 1972 is one of the Top 3 calendar years in music history.
That’s all for the B’s.
Your homework for the Easter weekend: choosing the Top 5 C’s, they’re on deck for next week.