Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Listless Legend

Alex Chilton : September Gurls

Chris Stamey : The Summer Sun


On April 19, 1977 Alex Chilton returned to the Ocean Club for a show that featured Big Star tunes, a few new songs , and some interesting covers including Colin Blumstone's "I Don't Believe in Miracles" and The Modern Lovers's "Government Center".

There was another new song, "The Summer Sun", from bassist and future dB Chris Stamey. Earlier in April, Chilton produced Stamey's single for Ork at a studio that charged $5 and hour in Wallingford, Connecticut. Chilton played drums, a little guitar and supplied backing vocals.

By now Chilton has run out of money. He was hoping Elektra Records would sign him, and in the Summer he recorded a demo that included "My Rival" which was financed by the label. But Elektra never signed Alex, who would be virtually homeless by year's end.

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