I know of no better mark of musical quality than the name Alex Chilton.
If you are browsing through a record shop and come acrosss something with his name on it just go ahead and buy it. You will not be disappointed. It may sound scuzzed up and out of sync but it will be the sound of rock’n’roll as it out to be played.
He sold a million records with The Bix Tops and ‘The Letter’ and next to nothing with Big Star – some of the most glorious combinations of The Beatles, The Who and The Stones (with some Kinks as well for good measure) you could hope for.
More years ago than I can remember I was leafing through the garage section in Probe Records back when they were on Wood Steeet and came across an album by a band called The Gories stamped with the words “produced by Alex Chilton”. Of course I bought it.
The Gories are playing in Liverpool Thursday 13 July. It will be very hot and sweaty. Make sure not to miss it!