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Alex Chilton doesn’t live up to early standard on latest release 'Set’
By Shelley Mika
Do you like good pop? Not manu
factured pop like that of Britney Spears
and the Backstreet Boys that’s played
so often you really do want to be hit one
more time (so as to be put out of your
What I’m talking about is honest to
goodness pop; music that comes from
the soul but doesn’t take 850 listens to
palate (or to understand for that mat
If so, Alex Chilton is a! man to be
Though you may have never heard
of him, Chilton is the king of this genre.
Since his breakthrough in 1967 at the
age of 17 with the Box Tops, Chilton
has managed to produce numerous
simple yet soul-searching tunes.
In 1970, after the split of the Box
Tops, Chilton went on to form the more
impressive but under-appreciated band
Big Star, in which Chilton’s true talents
as a musician flourished.
As a tried and true fan of Big Star, I
had high expectations for Chilton’s lat
est album “Set.” Though Chilton’s
career has been left by the wayside,
much like Big Star’s and even the Box
Tops’ were, it seemed certain that his
part-grit, part-sweet, part-sexy voice
could never disappoint.
And it hasn’t, for the most part
“Set” starts with the typical Chilton
vocals and charmingly simple lyrics
he’s known for with “Never Found a
Girl” (“You’re a poor man’s dream/And
a rich man’s prayer/But I don’t need
money honey cause you’re always
there”) and “Lipstick Traces”
(“Lipstick traces/On a cigarette/Every
memory lingers/With me yet”).
Chilton’s poppy yet original guitar riffs
make their way from the ‘70s onto
these tracks as well.
So far so good; the core of Chilton
remains, with some fresh tunes to sing
in the shower.
And then something happens. It’s
not bad, but definitely not Chilton.
With “You’s a Viper,” Chilton looks
beyond his roots and goes for more of a
Sinatra-esque vocal style. It’s not that
Chilton suddenly sucks or anything.
Rather, it’s painMly obvious this isn’t a
Chilton song. Prior to “You’s a Viper,”
the songs fit, with simple lyrics and
catchy tunes that escape the feeling of
selling out But the lyrics of “Viper” are
so out of Chilton’s dialect that it feels
out of place.
Immediately following is “I
Remember Mama,” and later, “Single
Again,” which would seem more at
home on a Wilco album than that of a
Big Star alumni.
From there, Chilton experiments
with his jazz sentiments on “April in
Paris” and “There Will Never Be
Another You,” neither of which are bad,
but neither of which are particularly
For the rest of the album, Chilton
wavers between styles but finally
redeems himself with the final track,
“Goodnight My Love.”
Don’t get me wrong. If Alex
Chilton wants to fool around with dif
ferent genres, he’s free to do so. But it’s
a little less credible when checking out
the credits, only to find that Chilton
didn’t write any of these songs. He
takes credit for production and direc
tion, but no nods go to him for any indi
Maybe that’s why this album fails
to reincarnate the underground pop
spirit Chilton so expertly evokes in his
It’s a huge disappointment that
Chilton, who once recorded an incredi
ble song he wrote at age 13, has now
officially turned his talents over to the
artistic explorations of others. “Set”
manages to be a good album to hum
along to, but not to take very seriously.
Undoubtedly, Chilton has put his own
spin on a few songs and made them
successful, but on the whole, “Set” fails
to accomplish what Chilton is (or at
least was) capable of doing.
If you’re a Big Star fanatic and want
more, “Set” will satisfy at least a few of
your cravings. But if you’ve never
heard of Alex Chilton but like indie
tT LABEL: Bar/None
FIVE WORDS: Listen to
Big Star instead.
music, on which Big Star had a huge
impact, don’t buy this CD.
Instead, do yourself a favor and
buy a Big Star album.
‘Black and White’ takes a different, meandering look at pop culture, leaves questions
By Samuel McKewon
Watching James Toback’s “Black
and White” is to witness a pop-culture
volcano erupt unmitigated. There’s rap
pers playing rappers, rappers playing
gangsters, models playing students, a
pretty baby playing a filmrqaker, Bijou
Phillips playing a pretty baby and Mike
Tyson playing himself.
It is, then, quite a good thing that
Toback’s medley of stories all portray a
rift in the pop culture this movie
immerses itself in - specifically the
hip-hop culture of black America and
its gradual embrace by white suburbia.
Long thought of as the Hunter S.
Thompson of the film industry, Toback
offers no genuine revelations on the sta
tus of race relations; rather, he takes
what is known, or thought to be accept
ed, and shoots at it from an alternate
direction Or improvises it
In other words, his is a drug-addled,
45-degree approach - a mix of scathing
and straight-faced. Unfocused and
loose-fitting, “Black and White” is an
incomplete picture with motivations
not fully known and conclusions pur
posely left undone - much unlike the
cynic-friendly, catchier brethren that
holds “American Beauty” as a charter
The result is a hodge-podge of mul
tiracial dramas - ones I’m not entirely
sure could exist in real time - about
where the pop pulse is and who’s oh it
And in Toback’s vision, the hip-hop of
New York calls the shots with a little
help from Tyson, in a strange and effec
There’s enough movie bait for three
movies, but a few major players
emerge, and most of them move
through the life of music
producer/gangster Rich Bower (rapper
Power and member of the Wu-Tang
Clan), who’s introduced in the first
scene as the male protagonist between
two white girls in a Central Park three
One of the groupies (Phillips)
heads home to luxury, complete with
black butlers and quail dinners, where
she talks smack to Daddy and plays
phone tag with male callers. Later, she
admits to a teacher her whole lifestyle
is a transitory phase: “I’ll get over it.
I’m a kid in America.”
Bower’s entourage grows larger to
include college basketball star Dean
(Allan Houston), who’s about to walk
into a point-shaving sting employed by
a cop (Ben Stiller) looking for redemp
tion. Model Claudia Schiffer is Dean’s
girlfriend, Greta, an anthropology stu
dent whose ideas of manhood leave
causalties in their wake.
On the periphery are the white
wannabes, who stake out the NYC wall
to prove their loyalty to the black code.
One brother tandem (Eddie K. Thomas
and William Lee Scott) are particularly
And much of it is caught on tape by
documentary filmmaker Sam Donager
(a game Brooke Shields), while her
obviously gay husband (Robert
Downey Jr.) tags along and has a too
close encounter with Tyson.
The pfctf evolves in bits and pieces,
until everyone is eventually thrown
together. Plot devices are hardly the
point, though - “Black and White”
cares not about a driving story.
Characters are dropped and added
along the way. Not the point. Toback’s
The movie is all feel, and individual
scenes contain hilarity and truth,
though not necessarily connected with
scenes before or after. Tyson’s appear
ances - he has three major ones - take
on a life of their own, especially in an
encounter with Power’s character, who
asks for advice.
Free-form verse, courtesy of Wu
Tang Clan member Raekwon, provides
the movie’s key monologues, filmed
voice-overs, if you will. And Shields’
hand-held camera images provide the
second filter of the film - an even high
er intensity from the whites who yearn
Black and White
STARS: Mike Tyson, Power,
Ben Stiller, Brooke Shields,
Robert Downey Jr.
DIRECTOR: James Toback
RATING: R (language,
threesome sex scene)
FIVE WORDS: “Black and
White” has vibe.
to get close to blacks.
“Black and White” bursts with too
many ideas to stay without flaw. There
are useless tangents and subplots. The
ending is abrupt. Greta makes choices
that the script cannot justify. The film
seems content, even obligated, to leave
some motivations unexplained, maybe
because they cannot be explained.
As Tyson says, “It’s an age-old tale
- deceit and treachery.” “Black and
White” plays that self-awareness out to
its very end - that in pop culture, a few
lines can sum up the entire story.
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