19 March 2010

Alex Chilton

December 28, 1950- March 18, 2010

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12 Responses to “ALEX CHILTON”

  1. F N Gamboa says:

    awesomeness ……RIP ALEX

  2. Nikki says:


  3. Ina Simone says:

    What a beautiful tribute, Fran! Really moving. Not only because of your jumping moves on that mattress 🙂 But also because it conveys the sadness about that huge loss in a wonderfully lighthearted way…I didn’t feel sad when I watched it. Your video is a true celebration of Alex Chilton’s life and music – it gives me the same warm feeling like “The Ballad Of El Goodo” which is, for me, one of the best songs ever written. Thank you for singing from the heart and “dancing” in the streets, under the stars. Since 2 days one of them is bigger and brighter than others…
    Fran Said ” Hey Ina, I was just listening to El Goodo this morning. It aches. We met Alex when we were making our last demos before moving to London in 1996. He was rehearsing with Teenage Fanclub. He was laconic, unassuming. It was a thrill to meet a main influence so early.”

  4. Shim says:

    This song brings back such good memories… Very cool tribute, love it!

  5. Sam says:

    Alex Chilton is a ledgend i remeber being 14 and the only records i would play was “The Man Who” and “Be here now” and my dad gave me #1 Reccord and it blew my mind Thirteen to this day is my all time fave song i listen to it daily the heart and emotion in it is amazing……and to be able to write a song like that and also Don’t Lie to me on the same album speaks volume about the talent of the man …..he deserved to be the biggest star in the world.

  6. samuraisandy says:

    Oh, that was lovely! It brought a smile to my face, thank you!

  7. Robin Bresnark says:

    Second that vote for Goodo. Is IS the best song ever written, isn’t it? Big Star in New Orleans, new year’s eve, 2000: still my all-time favourite gig. I effectively met my wife at a Big Star show the following year. And I’m so glad I went to see them last summer and finally got the chance to chat to Alex. Just a total hero and a real gent. Thanks for the video, Fran. You made my internal thermostat melt.

  8. Ina Simone says:

    Wow, thank you for sharing that amazing memory, Fran. I can imagine how formative it must have been for you to meet Alex. Encounters like that can change lives, that’s for sure. I can still remember when I first heard “The Ballad Of El Goodo” – it blew me away. In the most beautiful way. I think it’s very inspiring and “healthy” to see that a writer of such great songs is such a, like you wrote, “laconic and unassuming” person and humbly steps back behind his music. At first, I curiously wondered whether Alex had maybe given you some piece of advice when you met him (Did he?), but I guess in a situation like that you rather transform into a sponge and soak up the whole aura of a person. At least that’s what I’ve experienced from meeting special people (who don’t have to be famous artists at all) – the emotional memory is much stronger than the memory for words. Already one minute later you have no idea what you’ve talked about – but you remember forever how it felt. And since music touches amd moves like nothing else, you feel so connected to certain songs and their creators. For your emotions, they are like relatives. And if someone of them dies it definitely aches. I don’t want to sound pathetic, but: Art is immortal. And it’s really consoling that Alex’ songs are still as alive as ever and will be for eternity – inspiring people, touching hearts and changing lives. Every day.

  9. joss says:

    Your jumping is better then Damon Albarn’s jump:)

  10. Alex says:

    I always thought that this song sounded like a Travis song.

  11. Elodie says:

    Your tribute is awesome. I made a little cover of this song as well, available on mySpace if you want to check:

    I really love this song, one of my favorite by Alex.

  12. Leti says:

    Fran I hadn’t heard of him until now… I’m ashamed to admit it! Loved the music, the lyrics, the whole song. Thanks for sharing this.

    PS: I don’t know how u managed to stay alive after jumping for so long… I would have passed out after 1 minute. You are in good shape mister!

    Loads of love from us Argies 🙂

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