September Gurls

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"September Gurls"
Septembergurls.jpg
Single by Big Star
from the album Radio City
Released 1974
Recorded 1973
Genre
Length 2:41
Label Ardent
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.

Background[edit]

"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]

Covers[edit]

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]

Tributes[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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. ^ "superdrag.com". 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?". mtv.com. 2010-05-13. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 

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