Way Out West
July 19, 2010 7:18 PM   Subscribe

Andy Hummel, original bassist in Big Star, died today at age 59, just four months after the death of Alex Chilton.

Chilton died just days before the reformed Big Star was scheduled to play at SXSW, with Hummel slated to join them onstage for the first time since leaving the band in 1974. At the Chilton tribute concert that ensued, Hummel joined his old bandmate Jody Stephens to play his Big Star composition, Way Out West.
posted by scody (25 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
That's terribly sad.

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posted by dbiedny at 7:34 PM on July 19, 2010


Jody Stephens is now the Tommy Ramone of Big Star :(
posted by joey! at 7:34 PM on July 19, 2010


The best underrated band ever.
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posted by Joey Michaels at 7:45 PM on July 19, 2010


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posted by mwhybark at 8:07 PM on July 19, 2010


Two of my favorite Big Star songs are Hummel's: "Way Out West" and "The India Song." It's a shame he didn't continue writing songs or making music at all after Radio City. I hadn't known he was supposed to have joined them at the SXSW show -- man. RIP.
posted by lisa g at 8:25 PM on July 19, 2010


Way Out West is such a great song. (And interestingly, with its sparseness and about-to-fall-apart quality, seems like it would be more at home on Sister Lovers, on which Hummel did not even play.)

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posted by ardgedee at 8:37 PM on July 19, 2010


I learned of Big Star after hearing Elliott Smith's cover of Thirteen.

I've loved them ever since. When I heard of Alex Chilton's death I was truly saddened. I'm sorry to hear Andy has passed as well. much too soon.

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posted by heyethan at 8:39 PM on July 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


Wow, this makes me so sad.

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posted by punchdrunkhistory at 8:42 PM on July 19, 2010


Oh no. RIP, dear sir.
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posted by Palindromedary at 10:12 PM on July 19, 2010


Aww. And I didn't even know Chilton had died!
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