September Gurls

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"September Gurls"
Single by Big Star
from the album Radio City
Songwriter(s)Alex Chilton
Producer(s)John Fry and Big Star

"September Gurls" is a song by the rock band Big Star. Written by Alex Chilton, it was featured on the group's second studio album Radio City. The track was released in 1974.


"September Gurls" was also released as a single.[3] While it never was a big seller, it is considered a classic song by publications such as Rolling Stone and Allmusic.[4][5]

The track was rated #180 by Rolling Stone in the magazine's top 500 songs of all time, and is described as a "power pop classic".[4]

Jason Ankeny of Allmusic describes the song as "sweetly gorgeous sound that's both familiar and novel; poignantly ragged and breathlessly reckless..." and says it "reveals a surprising tenderness, tempering its venom with achingly lovely vocals and sun-kissed harmonies".[5]


The Bangles released a cover of this song on their 1986 album Different Light. Other bands who have recorded the song include Superdrag[6] and The Searchers.[7]


The title of Katy Perry's 2010 number one hit "California Gurls" was spelled thus as a tribute to Chilton and Big Star. Perry's manager is a fan of the band, and asked her to spell "girls" with a "u".[8]


  1. ^ Lester, Paul (February 11, 2015). "Powerpop: 10 of the best". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved July 29, 2016.
  2. ^ LaBate, Steve (December 18, 2009). "Jangle Bell Rock: A Chronological (Non-Holiday) Anthology… from The Beatles and Byrds to R.E.M. and Beyond". Paste. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  3. ^ Buskin, Richard (April 2006). "CLASSIC TRACKS: Big Star: 'September Gurls'". Sound on Sound. Retrieved 2009-01-01.
  4. ^ a b "The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. December 9, 2004. Retrieved 2009-01-01.
  5. ^ a b Ankeny, Jason. "September Gurls". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-01-02.
  6. ^ "". Retrieved 2009-01-02.
  7. ^ Eder, Bruce. "allmusic ((( Love's Melodies > Overview )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-01-02.
  8. ^ "Katy Perry's 'California Gurls' Is A Nod To ... Big Star?". 2010-05-13. Retrieved 2010-08-31.

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