Chilton, Alex

Band members               Related acts

- Lisa Aldridge -- (1979)
- Lee Baker -- (1979)
- Alex Chilton (RIP 2010) -- vocals, guitar, keyboards,

- Rene Coman -- bass, keyboards, backing vocals 

- Jim Dickinson -- keyboards (1979, 82, 87)
- Richard Dworkin -- drums, percussion (1995-)
- Ron Easley -- guitar (1982, 877)
- Fred Ford -- baritone sax (1985-)
- Al Gamble -- keyboards (1982-85)
- Doug Garrison -- drums, percussion (1982-85)

- Charles Hodges -- keyboards (1985-)
- Ross Johnson -- (1979)
- Mike Ladd -- (1979)
- Jim Lancaster -- (1979)
- Bob Marbach -- keyboards (1985-)
- John Reinecke -- guitar (1982, 87)
- Jim Rosebrough -- (1979)
- Sid Selvidge -- (1979)
- Sam Sharp -- bass (1987)

- Sam Shoupe -- bass (1982)
- Jim Spake -- tenor sax (1985-)

- Nokie Taylor -- sax (1982)




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- The Box Tops





Genre: rock

Rating: ** (2 stars)

Title:  Like Flies On Sherbert

Company: Aura

Catalog: AUL 710

Year: 1980

Country/State: Memphis, Tennessee

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: UK import

Available: 1

GEMM Catalog ID: 4791

Price: $40.00




Originally released by the small Peabody label in 1979, "Like Flies On Sherbert" was worth tracking down (not an easy proposition), if only to hear a truly bad album from a very talented performer. Always a personal favorite, it was alternatingly hysterical and heartbreaking to hear Chilton thrash his way through these 11 tracks. Recorded at Memphis' Sam Phillips and Ardent Studios, sonically the set was a disaster. Co-produced by Chilton and James Dickinson, the collection sounded as if it had been recorded in a bus station (we originally thought our stylus needed to be changed - nope, the album just sounds like sh*t). Adding to the problem, reissued by the British Aura label, the company reportedly used the wrong master tapes, resulting in an even crappier sound. Creatively it didn't get much better. The thought of Chilton covering a K.C. and the Sunshine Band track ("Boogie Shoes") wasn't particularly appealing in the first place, but hearing him actually try to get it right was even more gruesome. The fact the final take sounded like Chilton was recording it in the midst of a codine overdose didn't exactly help the proceedings. Clearly recorded amidst severe personnel problems (check out the dumb Elvis-styled "Girl After Girl", or the dysfunctional, group grope cover of Roy Orbison's "I've Had It"), you still had to admire the guys balls, willing to let something like this out the door. (Anyone know the story behind the LP title, or the weird dolls-on-a-Cadillac cover?)

"Like Flies On Sherbert" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Boogie Shoes   (Howard Wayne Casey - Richard Finch)
2.) My Rival   (Alex Chilton)
3.) Hey! Little Girl   (Alex Chilton)
4.) Hook or Crook   (Alex Chilton)
5.) I've Had It   (Orbison - Wilson)

(side 2)

1.) Rock Hard   (Alex Chilton)
2.) Girl After Girl   (Shelton)
3.) Waltz Across Texas   (Tubb)
4.) Alligator Man   (Chance - Newman)
5.) Like Flies on Sherbert   (Alex Chilton)
6.) No More the Moon Shines on Lorena   (Carter)



Genre: rock

Rating: **** (3 stars)

Title:  High Priest

Company: Bigtime

Catalog: BT-6047-1

Year: 1982

Country/State: Memphis, Tennessee

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: small cut out notch in spine

Available: 2

GEMM catalog ID: 4790

Price: $20.00

Cost: $1.00


This is an album most people will either love for it's easy going, don't give a damn attitude, or despise as sloppy and unfocused.  To be honest, I've felt both ways about it.  Returning to Memphis' Ardent Studios, 1982's self-produced "High Priest" is wildly unfocused with Chilton bouncing all over the musical spectrum (geez, there's even a cover of 'Volare'). On the positive side, Chilton's seldom sounded as upbeat and enthusiastic; he actually appears to have had fun during the recording sessions.  While there are only four Chilton originals on the collection, three of them were pretty good, though 'Dalai Lama' came off as a dumb joke that probably didn't go over very well with Buddhists.  Chilton also displayed his chops as a surprisingly adept guitarist.  So what's not to like?  Much of the collection simply sounded like it was thrown together and the results occasionally came off as being not only casual, but downright sloppy.   


"High Priest" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Take It Off   (Darby) - 

2.) Let Me Get Close To You   (Gerry Goffin - Carole King) - 

3.) Dalai Lama   (Alex Chilton) - 

4.) Volare   (Migliacci - Mondugno) - 

5.) Thing For You   (Alex Chilton) - 

6.) Forbidden Love   (Alex Chilton) - 


(side 2)
1.) Make a Little Love   (Akopoff - Holiday) - 

2.) Trouble Don't Last   (Jones) - 

3.) Don't Be a Drag   (Alex Chilton) - 

4.) Nobody's Fool   (Emmons - Dan Penn) - 

5.) Come By Here   (Armstrong) - 

6.) Raunchy (instrumental)  (Bill Justis - Manker) -