Alex Chilton passes away days before playing a Big Star show at SXSW
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"Without Chilton no Jayhawks/REM/Mats/Huskers/db's/Rain Parade/Game Theory/Posies/Teenage Fanclub," wrote Twin Cities musician and producer Ed Ackerson. "The mind reels... Not to mention no Cramps, Panther Burns, Let's Active. Chilton showed us how to write pop songs with teeth and anguish. Blurred beauty. Mangled melodicism. Proved guitar pop wasn't for pussies."
Meanwhile 'Mats bassist Tommy Stinson, who co-wrote the Replacements song "Alex Chilton" on Pleased to Meet Me in 1987, tweeted his own thoughts on the matter from abroad: "sad night in uraguay. vodka or whiskey? thirteen or nightime?"
For more on Chilton's life and legacy, see Jim DeRogatis's beautifully penned obituary in the Chicago Sun-Times.