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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Alex Chilton: I Loved You, Well, Never Mind

In the late 1990a I was the copy editor for a large music dotcom. My job was to proofread, edit and smooth out thousands of music reviews. There were common errors among the writers. Not a one of them could spell Alanis Morisette but they loved to use her as a women’s music reference point or punching bag. On my monitor was a Post-It with the most common mistakes. No music journalist I’ve ever met can spell these and you’d be surprised how often they come up.

Alanis Morisette
rhythm
September Gurls
The Cure (never Cure)
[etc.]

“September Gurls” is the Big Star song about teen love that I feel as deeply at 35 as I did at 15. Everyone says that because it’s true. Big Star were the unknown heroes — the originals with unsold potential. Yesterday Big Star songwriter Alex Chilton died. His music moved many a musician.