The Great Songs: Big Star – "Thirteen"

by Eric Melin on March 24, 2010 · 0 comments

in Music,Music Videos

I think this is as good a time as any to start a new weekly series here at Scene-Stealers. As you may or may not know, in addition to starting this website and being a full-time movie critic, I also play the rock n’ roll drums. (See The Dead Girls, Ultimate Fakebook, and Truck Stop Love for some examples.)

I’ve been as obsessive about rock as I have about movies for as long as I can remember, and I’ve often thought of spotlighting a song a week on Scene-Stealers. After last Wednesday’s sad passing of Alex Chilton, I posted “September Gurls” and it got me thinking: Now’s the time.

Because I’m still not over the loss of one of the best songwriters that ever lived (along with his cohort in Big Star, Chris Bell, who died in a car accident at age 27 in 1978), this week’s song will also be Big Star. I’ll switch it up next Wednesday, but for now just enjoy one of the best ballads ever written. “Thirteen” appeared on Big Star’s first album, 1972’s “#1 Record,” and ironically, went nowhere. I dare you not to fall in love with this beautiful song immediately. Read more here.

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