YMMV / Big Star

The band:

  • Fanon Discontinuity: In Space. Big Star fans will rarely, if ever, mention it and will usually stick to their '70s material.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: So you decide to put on #1 Record after reading critics and artists raving about the band. Okay, these are some nicely crafted guitar pop songs. It's good, but what's the big deal? You have to remember that Big Star was one of the few bands in 1972 that had this sound. Top 40 AM radio had become very middle-of-the-road and bland, FM radio was dominated by Hard Rock and Progressive Rock, and some people felt it was Too Soon for a band to be using The Beatles as a musical role model, so Big Star's style was non-mainstream and a bit of challenge to the status quo.
  • Tear Jerker: "Big Black Car", "Kangaroo" and "Holocaust" take the cake here. Alex Chilton's death has rendered them Harsher in Hindsight.
    • Even before Third/Sister Lovers, the band put out some pretty melancholic stuff. Special mention goes to "Try Again" and "Watch The Sunrise" off #1 Record, as well as "I'm In Love With A Girl" off Radio City.
  • True Art Is Angsty: Good as Third/Sister Lovers is, it's kind of hard to not see this trope sometimes with all the praise it's given.
  • Vindicated by History: Name any Alternative Rock band from The '80s and The '90s. Chances are if the Velvet Underground didn't influence them, Big Star did.
    • Chris Bell's solo material has also gained a lot of recognition in the decades since his passing.
  • The Woobie:
    • Chris Bell.
    • Alex Chilton certainly counted as this by the time they were recording Third/Sister Lovers.
    • Really, the band itself. They did everything right musically, but got screwed via circumstances beyond their control at the worst possible moments, like the distribution deal with Columbia Records falling apart when Clive Davis got fired.

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