A Man Called Destruction

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A Man Called Destruction
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Studio album by Alex Chilton
Released September 12, 1995
Genre Rock
Length 37:00
Label Ardent
Producer Alex Chilton
Alex Chilton chronology
Clichés
(1994)
A Man Called Destruction
(1995)
Loose Shoes and Tight Pussy
(1999)

A Man Called Destruction is an album by the American pop-rock musician Alex Chilton, released in 1995.

It is also the title of a 2014 biography of Chilton by Holly George-Warren, A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton, from Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man.[1]

The album consisted of six songs written by Chilton, and six cover versions including Jan and Dean's "The New Girl in School", which had featured as the B-side to their "Dead Man's Curve" single.

"It's Your Funeral" is based on Frédéric Chopin's marche funèbre which became the 3rd movement of his Piano Sonata No. 2.

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Title[edit]

Blues musician Howlin' Wolf employed a pianist named William "Destruction" Johnson in the late 1940s,[2] and Chilton's title is a reference to him as well as a play on the title of the Western film A Man Called Horse.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Sick and Tired" (Chris Kenner) – 3:04
  2. "Devil Girl" (Alex Chilton) – 2:55
  3. "Lies" (Keith Keller) – 4:01
  4. "It's Your Funeral" (Chilton, Jim Spake) – 1:29
  5. "What's Your Sign Girl" (Daniel Pearson, Anthony Sepe) – 4:37
  6. "Il Ribelle" (Adriano Celentano) – 2:14
  7. "You Don't Have to Go" (Jimmy Reed) – 4:26
  8. "Boplexity" (Chilton) – 2:56
  9. "The New Girl in School" (Brian Wilson, Bob Norberg, Roger Christian, Jan Berry) – 2:10
  10. "You're Lookin' Good" (Chilton) – 2:54
  11. "Don't Know Anymore" (Chilton) – 3:28
  12. "Don't Stop" (Chilton) – 2:46

Personnel[edit]

  • Alex Chilton – guitar, vocals, harmonica on track 7
  • Ron Easley – bass guitar on tracks 1–6, 8–12, guitar on track 7, backing vocals on tracks 5–6, 9 & 12
  • Doug Garrison – drums on tracks 1–6, 10–11
  • Richard Dworkin – drums on tracks 7–9, 12
  • Bob Marbach – organ on tracks 2–3, 10–12
  • Al Gamble – organ on tracks 1–4, 10–11
  • Charles Hodges – organ on track 8
  • Jim Spake – horn arrangements, tenor saxophone on tracks 1–4, 10–11
  • Fred Ford – baritone saxophone on tracks 1–4, 10–11
  • Nokie Taylor – trumpet on tracks 1–4, 10–11
  • The Jackies – backing vocals on track 3
  • Recorded at Ardent Studios, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Recorded and mixed by Jeff Powell
  • Additional engineering by Jeffrey Reed
  • Assisted by Erik Flettrich and Mike Kennedy
  • Mastered by Larry Nix
  • Sleeve design by Jeff Kratschmer
  • Art direction by Claire Boger
  • Photography by Paula Burch

References[edit]

  1. ^ George-Warren, Holly (2014). A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton, from Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man. Viking. ISBN 978-0670025633. 
  2. ^ George-Warren, Holly (March 2014). A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton, from Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man. Viking. ISBN 978-0-670-02563-3. 
  3. ^ George-Warren, Holly (March 2014). A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton, from Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man. Viking. ISBN 978-0-670-02563-3.