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Alex Chilton 

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Since Alex Chilton walks a thin tightrope between earnestness and sarcasm, poise and chaos, art and trash, rock and roll, he would make the perfect guest on the David Letterman show if Letterman were cool enough to ask him. Since he probably won't, I'll fill in with a top-ten list of Things to Expect at an Alex Chilton Show:

1. A version of "Volare" that's better than Pavarotti's and almost as good as Dean Martin's.

2. A zippy dance number that features a gang of Buddhist monks kidnapping the riff from "Alley Oop."

3. A Memphis soul man stuck in the body of an overgrown white boy.

4. A happening bassist who digs Little Milton.

5. Mean things said about the sound system.

6. Nice things said about Paul Westerberg, Tav Falco, or Dean Martin.

7. Songs about AIDS and unemployment that are serious and funny at the same time.

8. A lyricist smart enough to rhyme "sexual" and "intellectual" and strange enough to mean both.

9. Two or three of the dumbest songs in the English language.

10. Two or three of the greatest songs in the English language (not necessarily the same ones).

Saturday, 7:30 PM, Cabaret Metro, 3730 N. Clark: 549-0203.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Stephanie Chernikowski.

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