Friday, October 7, 2011

Chris Bell
"You and Your Sister"

Amazon MP3
Chris Bell
I Am the Cosmos
7" single
(Car Records, 1978)


OK, I admit it . . . I cheated on this one. I don't own this single, but I wish I did! I ripped the song from the I Am the Cosmos CD released by Rykodisc in 1992. It came out as I was trying to get over a boy for whom I'd fallen quite hard. In my case, however, his sister didn't say I was "no good;" rather, I felt like she was trying to push us together. I was still struggling with my orientation, and I had no idea what his was; it's been twenty years since then, and I still have no idea (nothing ever happened between us). Regardless, this song really got to me, and it was a long time before I could listen to it without bursting into tears.

Chris was one third of the legendary Memphis power poppers Big Star. He left after their first album, #1 Record, however. In 1978, he released this solo single then died in a car wreck, which may have been suicide. There's a fair amount of debate over whether or not Bell was definitely gay, but it's seems highly unlikely that he was not, based on what I've read.

The above-mentioned CD of Bell's post-Big Star recordings is well-worth the money, in my opinion. Rhino Handmade released an expanded version last year, but it's quite expensive ($40 for a two-CD set!) and the bonus material is mainly alternate versions of the songs on the album. I've not heard it, however, so take my comment as you may.

5 biased opinions:

VirginiaM said...

It may comfort you to know that I always take your comments as I may.

James Von Sutekh said...

I know of Big Star, but only because This Mortal Coil did two excellent covers of Kangaroo and Holocaust on their It will end in Tears album with Howard Devoto providing vocals for Holocaust.
Wikkipedia incidentally, does mention Chris' homosexuality, describing him as "repressed".

Biki said...

sorry, couldnt get thru it..........

Lc. said...

Biki "couldn't get through" what? This blog post? The song? Baffled either way ...

Lightning Baltimore said...

Biki doesn't like music like this, usually, poor thing.