CONGRESS' GREATEST MOMENTS  3:02 pm March 18, 2010

Alex Chilton Finally Gets Recognition On House Floor

by Jim Newell

And all he had to do was die. Nice commemoration, Steve Cohen! And almost the exact same length as “I’m In Love With A Girl,” which is a good song. [Spencer Ackerman]

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Capitol Hillbilly March 18, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Aw, one of those “punk staffers” got to write something they cared about.

JohnnyMeatworth March 18, 2010 at 3:08 pm

I don’t care how much money i gotta spend,
Gotta get back to my baby again.
Lonely days are gone, I’m a-goin’ home.
My baby just wrote me a letter.

Sweet Baby Cheeses March 18, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Yeah, this sucks. Fucking bummer. I live in Memphis and lots of people I know are friends with him. Were.

Lascauxcaveman March 18, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Well, that was nice. For a minute there, I thought he was going to break out with is own musical interpretation of “The Letter.”

PabaBritannica March 18, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Steve Cohen is America’s best congressman. He’s from Memphis and votes like he’s from Vermont. I would venture to guess that he did write that, he actually was legit close friends w/ Warren Zevon. I think he was an entertainment lawyer or something…not sure, don’t remember from my time living in Memphis.

JohnnyMeatworth March 18, 2010 at 3:19 pm

[re=533272]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: Yeah, for once something classy happened in Congress. Whoda think it?

Sweet Baby Cheeses March 18, 2010 at 3:22 pm

[re=533287]PabaBritannica[/re]: And now he is being challenged by the awful former mayor of Memphis, Willie Herenton. UGH

Ken Layne March 18, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Hooray for Steve Cohen, that was a classy thing. (And yeah, Rep. Cohen is known for his good musical taste and musician friends. Junior staffers would be too fucking dumb/young to know about stuff like the Replacements and REM, because that was indie music from 20+ years ago.)

Extemporanus March 18, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Thank you, congressman.

SayItWithWookies March 18, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Whenever I see rock and roll mentioned in Congress, I have an overwhelming urge to tell Tipper Gore to go f(&! herself. But that was a nice tribute.

Magnus Maximus March 18, 2010 at 3:32 pm

[re=533295]Ken Layne[/re]: Did you say “Musician’s Friend”? Check out the website for sweet rockin’ deals on GEAR for yer GIGS! *air guitar*

(on a serious note, RIP, Chilton…Big Star effin rocks)

Mr Blifil March 18, 2010 at 3:34 pm

I don’t remember these commemorations for Dee Dee Ramone. Probably have to wait for the sculpture in the Capitol Rotunda.

hockeymom March 18, 2010 at 3:42 pm

That was unexpectedly lovely.

mollymcguire March 18, 2010 at 3:44 pm

[re=533296]Extemporanus[/re]: Seconded.

steverino247 March 18, 2010 at 3:59 pm

[re=533315]Mr Blifil[/re]: Too many of them are already sedated maybe.

Capitol Hillbilly March 18, 2010 at 4:04 pm

[re=533295]Ken Layne[/re]: Not only that, they probably don’t even know what a “letter” is.

stew March 18, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Don’t forget the Chilton-produced “Songs The Lord Taught Us” by The Cramps–warped my mind for good (one reason I hang out here).

Sweet Baby Cheeses March 18, 2010 at 4:12 pm

[re=533371]stew[/re]: That’s a classic. Another lesser known slab of awesome is The Gories “I Know You Fine But How You Doin’”. Chilton produced that too.

SwanSwanH March 18, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Now for the backlash… Pitchfork rips Big Star reissue in 3-2-1…

Long Form Def Certificate March 18, 2010 at 4:21 pm

[re=533287]PabaBritannica[/re]: For every action, there is an equal & opposite reaction. As such, Cohen proceeded to his seat when it was vacated by DJ Yella.

WhatTheHeck March 18, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Maybe Alex Chilton could be honored by having his portrait on a postage stamp one day. And congressman Steve Cohen could be the one to unveil it.

FMA March 18, 2010 at 4:39 pm

[re=533371]stew[/re]: No disrespect to Alex, but when will Congress memorialize Lux Interior?

Jukesgrrl March 18, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Wow, that actually made me cry. I often weep over Congressional speeches, but not because they’re heartfelt, lovely, and true. RIP, Alex.

The Other Sarah T March 18, 2010 at 7:33 pm

That was really sweet – thanks for posting this, & thank you, Congressman Mensch. Big Star in New Orleans, NYE 2000, was possibly the most perfect night of my life : Thank you, Alex.

tednugentslover March 18, 2010 at 7:49 pm

+1 to Big Star in New Orleans, New Years Eve 2000. I think I even got laid, to boot.

Esqewreeda March 18, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Hell Yeah – New Year’s Eve w/ Big Star at the Howlin’ Wolf was a dream made real. Maybe the best night of my life as well. Drank campaign on the street walking to the venue, flask of smuggled Czech absinthe in my coat, seeing all those great songs live, finally. Those were the days.

The Other Sarah T March 18, 2010 at 8:48 pm

[re=533501]tednugentslover[/re]: [re=533517]Esqewreeda[/re]: Shit ! Can’t believe two other people on this thread were at that gig – Knew it wasn’t just me having a perfect perfect night ! Anyone else go to the Mothers-In-Law Lounge afterwards, then El Matador ? Even snowed a bit, too, about 3am (yeah, yeah, I mean the “real” kind…)

Esqewreeda March 18, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Went to Matador before the show – (miss that place), rode down from Athens Ga. (after taking acid and drinking my weight in beer seeing Guided by Voices 40 Watt the night before). Someone in our crew wanted to go to the casino after the show so I had a wicked come down after loosing $20 at blackjack. Wish we had gone to Ernie K. Doe’s instead.- Good times. I come to New Orleans about once a year, what a city. Athens ain’t bad though, you could do a lot worse in Ga.

NYNYNY March 18, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Hm, let me be the first to say it; Alex Chilton is the shibboleth of aging depressing white music snobs. Boxtops? Big Star? WTF? Will you have any tears left for when Brian Eno dies?

JohnnyMeatworth March 18, 2010 at 10:48 pm

I got to see Big Star at SXSW in 2004. Also letter perfect–Jesus, those guys were good.

The Other Sarah T March 18, 2010 at 10:52 pm

[re=533617]NYNYNY[/re]: So lemme get this straight : People who love Big Star can’t also love Eno ? Damn. All these years I’ve been doing it wrong…

[re=533613]Esqewreeda[/re]: Yeah, El Matador is still missed by many. Was very pleased when Harry Anderson’s ” !!!!!!!MAGIC !!!!!” club failed quickly & miserably in that space. Now it’s a totally non-descript club that might as well be on Bourbon, only with no customers. Curious to see how long that lasts.

The Other Sarah T March 18, 2010 at 10:57 pm

[re=533617]NYNYNY[/re]: And another thing, Junior : This aging white depressive got to see
Eno when he was still with Roxy Music, so you can kiss my flabby old ass in Macy’s window.
Also, get off my lawn !

Decker March 18, 2010 at 11:15 pm

The emotion in Cohen’s voice was apparent and sweet.

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