57 Big Star vs. 72 The Cars

A battle of underappreciated bands.

Big Star is the grandfather of 80s alternative rock, blazing the path followed by R.E.M. and The Replacements. The latter even wrote a tribute to Big Star’s Alex Chilton. The 2010 deaths of Chilton and Andy Hummel  have bittersweetly increased the band’s profile.

The Cars were one of the pioneers of power pop. They came along during the punk and new wave rushes and released a string of hits. After breaking up, Ric Ocasek went on to produce many of the bands The Cars had influenced like Weezer, Fountains of Wayne, and Nada Surf.


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  1. #1 by Phil Farmer on March 22, 2011 - 8:14 am


    The Cars?

  2. #2 by Scott Parsons on March 22, 2011 - 11:03 pm

    The Cars?!

    Cheap Trick COVERED Big Star!!!! Yes, that Cheap Trick!

    I think name recognition is playing a big part in this thing. C’mon people!


  3. #4 by Phil Farmer on March 24, 2011 - 3:07 pm

  4. #6 by Phil Farmer on March 26, 2011 - 8:31 am

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