Song of the Day: Alex Chilton by The Replacements

A couple of days earlier this week I’d had a song named after a famous author but here’s one all about a famous musician for your Thursday morning! His full name was William Alexander Chilton who was born December 28, 1950 and passed away on March 17, 2010 was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer, best known as the lead singer of the Box Tops and Big Star. Wikipedia does have a pretty detail page all about him linked here, if you need the facts? It does have a page on the Alex Chilton song but really doesn’t say much but am I going to say much more? Nope, not really!

The Replacements was an American rock band of Minneapolis, Minnesota and the song Alex Chilton songwriters were: Paul Westerberg, Chris Mars and Tommy Stinson which is the trio band’s line-up at this point in time and this track was from their fifth studio album Pleased to Meet Me of 1987. The second song is the Alex Chilton song but then, guess who guest-starred on the album? Alex Chilton himself plays the guitar fills on the closing track Can’t Hardly Wait so that can be bonus extra song today:

The Alex Chilton lyrics are:

If he was from Venus, would he feed us with a spoon?
If he was from Mars, wouldn’t that be cool?
Standing right on campus, would he stamp us in a file?
Hangin’ down in Memphis all the while.
Children by the million sing for Alex Chilton when he comes ’round
They sing “I’m in love. What’s that song? I’m in love with that song.”
Cerebral rape and pillage in a village of his choice.
Invisible man who can sing in a visible voice.
Feeling like a hundred bucks, exchanging good lucks face to face.
Checkin’ his stash by the trash at St. Mark’s place.
Children by the million sing for Alex Chilton when he comes ’round
They sing “I’m in love. What’s that song? I’m in love with that song.”
I never travel far, without a little Big Star
Runnin’ ’round the house, Mickey Mouse and the Tarot cards.
Falling asleep with a flop pop video on.
If he was from Venus, would he meet us on the moon?
If he died in Memphis, then that’d be cool, babe.
Children by the million sing for Alex Chilton when he comes ’round
They sing “I’m in love. What’s that song? I’m in love with that song.”
“I’m in love. What’s that song? I’m in love with that song.”

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It’s Alex Chilton, I’m pretty sure he’s recording with Big Star here and nope it’s NOT The Replacements.

Cheers! 🙂

14 Comments

  1. Hey William. How’s it going? For whatever reason your post reminded me about ‘A Fairy Tale of New York’ which is both a book by J.P. Donleavy and a song by Shane MacGowan, though there is no connection between the two. I loved the book long before I loved the song but I remember being stuck in London one cold, dark, Christmas night and watching a doco on the making of the song. I have never been able to find it since.
    I’m sure you are very familiar with the song, but here is one version, anyway.

    Shane MacGowan was apparently devastated when Kirsty MacColl died.
    But he did strike up a friendship with J.P. Donleavy.

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    1. Oh yeah, that’s a bloody great Shane song but i don’t know that book but might have see if the local library or somewhere else got it? because anyways looking for good books! i did read somewhere MacGowan not been very well for a longtime but recently has gone back into the recording studio so guess we’ll see/hear what he comes up with, if they release it?
      Cheers mate 🙂

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    1. Oh yeah, that’s very great trio! You might also like? i have been digging lately something called Cubist Blues by Alan Vega, Alex Chilton and Ben Vaughn:

      Which maybe i should have also included in the above post but didn’t! That’s Vega from 70’s synth-punks Suicide, are you a fan of them or what? Cheers mate 🙂

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