What: “Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Ma”
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 13
Where: Film Streams, 1340 Mike Fahey St.
I had no idea who Alex Chilton was until I heard the Replacements sing about him in their 1987 song named after him. The song "Alex Chilton" was from the Replacements album “Pleased to Meet Me,” on which Chilton was a guest performer for arguably the greatest of all Replacements songs, "Can't Hardly Wait."
I remember looking Chilton up – in a BOOK! Memba them? Hey, it wasn't that long ago, kids. The book said Chilton sang "The Letter" at the age of 16 as the lead singer for the Box Tops in the '60s. Ok, I knew that song. It also said he was in the band Big Star. I had heard the name but wasn't familiar with their music.
Apparently, Big Star – formed in 1971 – was a significant influence on everyone from R.E.M. to the Flaming Lips to, obviously, Paul Westerberg and the Replacements. Rolling Stone magazine adored Big Star. You say you've never heard a Big Star song? Their cut "In The Street" was recorded by Cheap Trick for the theme to "That '70s Show."
My point? The point is, all this adds up to a big reason to go see this one-night-only screening of the doc Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, which plays at 7 p.m. Tuesday (August 13) at Film Streams, 1340 Mike Fahey St. ($9). You can watch the official trailer to the film by clicking on the link below.