Song of the Day, December 30: Feel by Big Star

Big-Star-Number-One-RecordToday’s song is the lead track from power pop legend Big Star’s debut album. After the Box Tops broke up, lead vocalist Alex Chilton hung around Memphis pondering his career. He turned down an invitation to join Blood, Sweat & Tears, instead inviting local musician Chris Bell to join him in a duo. Bell declined, but asked Chilton to see his band, Icewater perform. Chilton offered the band some songs, then joined the group. They changed their name to Big Star after a local grocery chain.

Chilton and Bell formed a songwriting partnership like Lennon and McCartney, sharing credit even when songs were mostly the work of one writer. Their distinctive styles blended magically, creating the foundation for the power pop movement of the 70s. The opening track on the debut, #1 Record, was Bell’s searing Feel. It’s an anguished breakup song, with Bell’s angry vocals blending with the scorching guitar work flawlessly.

I feel like I’m dying
I’m never gonna live again
You just ain’t been trying
It’s getting very near the end

Enjoy this classic track today.

About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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