Monday, July 6, 2015

Ben Vaughn on Alex Chilton

Ben Vaughn, the South Jersey-reared multi-talented rocker based in L.A. whose syndicated radio show, The Many Moods Of Ben Vaughn (which takes its title from his 1986 debut album) airs on Saturday at 5 on WXPN, was the guy who, in his capacity as music consultant to the Fox sitcom That '70s Show, saw to it that Big Star's "In The Street," was adapted for use as the show's theme song.

Ben Vaughn on Alex Chilton

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Ben Vaughn, the South Jersey-reared multi-talented rocker based in L.A. whose syndicated radio show, The Many Moods Of Ben Vaughn (which takes its title from his 1986 debut album) airs on Saturday at 5 on WXPN, was the guy who, in his capacity as music consultant to the Fox sitcom That '70s Show, saw to it that Big Star's "In The Street," was adapted for use as the show's theme song.

In a blog post on The Next Big Thing that was reposted on the XPN site right here, Vaughn tells stories about his friendship with Chilton, who died last week of an apparent heart attack at 59,  including one about the former Box Tops leader's intense antipathy for Mel Torme. Thanks to Bruce Warren for this. Below, Vaughn does Chilton's "Paradise," from Not The Singer But The Songs: An Alex Chilton Tribute, a collection issued in 1991 by the Spanish Munster label that also includes Philly bands Pink Slip Daddy and The Wishniaks.

Previously: SXSW Photo File, Part 2

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