"The Letter": crazy bad miming

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  1. mcknigs

    mcknigs Supporting Member

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    Interesting. When I was doing the research he kept coming up as being a keyboard or keyboard/guitar player. It hadn't occurred to me that they might be doing some instrument-swapping because, why not?
     
  2. DanR

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    John Evans was the keyboard player. Bill Cunningham was the bass player. Apparently, there were times when they switched instruments. When I saw them in '05, John Evans was the only original member missing. During an instrumental, "Green Onions." Cunningham played the keyboards and Alex Chilton played bass.

    By the way, in the video in the original post, Talley the guitar player is playing bass. Cunningham the bass player and Evans the keyboard player are playing guitar. It's easy to get confused watching the old videos.
     
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    I'll say. I never paid attention to them back then - I assumed that the guitar player was Talley since he was the guitar player.
     
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    Love Alex, but i think that Bell gets very short shrift in the history of Big Star. I think that #1 Records'
    sheen & pop sensibility are primarily due to CB. :cool:

    R.I.P. to all 3... :(
     
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    Agreed.
     
  6. HeyMrTeleMan

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    The guy with the bass looks exactly like I did when I was 14-ish (9th grade). "Chip" on My Three Sons!
    BTW-it was around that time I saw the Box Tops at Uniontown, PA's vaunted (and long torn down) Red Rooster. It was a converted indoor roller rink for music venue purposes.
    Alex surely was young and had way more hair, but I was younger.
     
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  7. colinesquire

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    Alex is awesome. He also joined Tav Falco’s band. This is 1981.
     
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    The Turtles and Canned Heat come to mind. There's a Canned Heat performance of Goin' Up The Country that's pretty silly funny.
     
  9. DrumBob

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    Chris Bell played guitar in Big Star. Jody Stephens was the drummer, and the only drummer Big Star ever had.
     
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    Cool. Sorry I missed that show. It was in Hoboken.

    That was Alex singing in his real voice.
     
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    I watched a clip of Panther Burns on YouTube where they were playing on a TV show with Alex, who Tav introduced as "Axel Chilton." The TV host, an older woman, said, "Gustavo, that's perhaps the worst thing I ever heard!" I couldn't agree more. I like raw rock 'n roll, but Panther Burns was awful.
     
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    My friend and former band mate, John Lepre, toured with a later version of The Box Tops in the 80's, I think. He said there were no original members in the band. They played the few old hits, but no "Sweet Cream Ladies." Then, they played covers for the rest of the gig!
     
  13. DanR

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    By the way, the person who put that video on Youtube has three more songs from that show.
     
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    I really got tired of”The Letter” when it hit in 1967, because it was over-played on the radio stations. But it is still one of the songs that takes me back to my first year in college. For my money, this Box Tops song is better (and fun to play and sing), plus the syncing is a tad better.

     
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    Great tune.
     

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