Song of the Day, April 2: September Gurls by Big Star

BigStarSeptToday’s song is a power pop masterpiece, Big Star’s September Gurls. After their powerful debut album, #1 Record, ongoing tensions in the band took their toll. Chris Bell quit, rejoined, then quit for good. Alex Chilton broke up the band at that point, but they reassembled for a second outing. More ragged and far less consistent than the debut, Radio City nonetheless features some real highlights.

Chilton is at his best with September Gurls, a fragile track with backbone. The titular characters and their counterparts — December Boys — are never fully explained, but the wistful vocal and evocative lyrics create a flawless autumnal feeling. With a quiet energy, the song is a lovely pop masterpiece.

Enjoy this wonderful 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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