I’d figured that I had pretty much all old music down. I knew I liked Velvet Underground and was substantially underwhelmed by the Beatles. For things that I hadn’t formed an opinion on, say, the New York Dolls, I knew that it was only a matter of time before I listened to some of their stuff and formed an opinon on them. They were filed in the to-do list.
But then this song called Thirteen by a band called Big Star crept up on me, and I fell in love with it. I mean, I’m not overly excited by the Rolling Stones, but when this guy sings ‘tell [your dad] what we said about “Paint It, Black”,’ I feel that not only do I love the Rolling Stones, but they’re one of the most important things in the history of music.
So who are these guys? What became of them? Is the rest of their catalogue comparable to the beauty of Thirteen (which, if you’re interested, I find works very well in a downbeat playlist amongst Songs: Ohia, Elliot Smith, The Shins and Aimee Mann)? And how had they escaped my attention over all these years?
And what should I look for next?
Incidentally, the way I found this song is interesting, I feel. You see, I like this show called Gilmore Girls, and never let it be said that family/teen orientated dramas have no worth. I knew I loved this show the instant one of the characters required another to drive to a record store 30 minutes out of town to purchase them the new Belle and Sebastian single. I found this song on the soundtrack, and it is a curious indie heaven considering that it belongs to a WB show.