On August 25, Ominvore Recordings released a brand new, expanded version of Alex Chilton’s 1995 album A Man Called Destruction.
Chilton had a long legacy in a number of bands starting with the Box Tops where he was lead singer on such songs as The Letter, Cry Like a Baby and Soul Deep and followed in the 70’s with the critically acclaimed by often overlooked Big Star. Between 1979 and his death in 2010, Chilton released eight solo albums.
A Man Called Destruction was divided evenly between Chilton originals and covers of songs like Lies, You Don’t Have to Go and The New Girl in School. When it was released, the Orlando Sentinel said “Plenty of bands attempt, however feebly, to reproduce Big Star’s melancholic power-pop. But nobody else would dare try to approximate the brilliant, offhand weirdness and subtle irony of Chilton’s later solo work. Teenage Fan Club might be able to imitate Big Star’s guitar sound on September Gurls, but they couldn’t transmogrify Volare the way Chilton did on 1987’s High Priest. Destruction is very much in the tradition of High Priest — a peculiar mélange of deliriously cheesy pop.”
The new edition includes seven previously unreleased tracks along with new liner notes by Bob Mehr.