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With a few hours to absorb the news, some memories came into focus, mostly distant ones, like hearing Big Star for the first time in the early eighties in Miami, or buying Like Flies on Sherbert in college, or driving upstate with some friends some years ago and listening on the car radio to Stuff, which collected some of Chilton's songs -- you could say that they were his best songs, but it might be more accurate to say that they were the songs of his that sounded most like songs that might be on a car radio. I remembered beginning to date the woman I'd later marry, playing lots of Chilton's music for her, and trying to figure out his secret: the way his try-anything-once aesthetic was both forthright and evasive, how he could combine an anarchic sense of humor and an unironic ability to convey pain, his addiction to the brilliant throwaway, his graceless grace. He drew lines back to Slim Harpo and Ronny and the Daytonas and Danny Pearson, so many it seemed he'd get trapped in the tangle. He escaped, again and again--but escaped to what? The most recent memory was the blurriest: it was just last November when I saw him with the reconstituted Big Star (half original, half Posies) at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple. I wrote a little piece about the show for the New Yorker that now seems dismissive to me, though I didn't mean it that way. I had no idea it would be the last I'd see of him.

Meanwhile...

on the heels of Jam Master Jays recent killing, Daddy-O is trying to put togther "Self Destruction 2," calling for rappers to, among other things: "remove and denounce the names murder, violence, and ANY reference to drug dealing from their stages names, company names and lyrics"

Yeah good luck with that Daddy-O.

Daddy-O's full demands:

1. A worldwide invitation to record Self-Destruction 2.

2. A worldwide challenge to rappers, MC's, or whatever they call themselves to remove and denounce the names murder, violence, and ANY reference to drug dealing from their stages names, company names and lyrics.

3. I'm naming names. ie; Fat Joe not Joey crack. Murder Inc. were Jewish gangsters from Brooklyn, not Ja Rule & Charlie Baltimore, etc.

4. When they find the idiot that [killed Jam Master Jay], I want to see his record collection, this will prove me right.