Monday, July 13, 2009

Big Star

Determine a band's leader by analyzing a publicity photo.

A band's inclusion on this blog reflects neither an endorsement nor a criticism of its music. This post is merely intended as a spotlight on the inner political workings of a collection of individuals who are in the midst of a cooperative, creative endeavor.

The Process:
You, dear reader, please answer the question, "Who's in charge here?"

After sufficient discussion has taken place, a verdict can then be passed based on a majority vote.

Band: Big Star
Genre: Pop

Voting ends on: Monday, July 20th, 9:00am CST (GMT-5)

THE VERDICT (Updated!)

Voting has ended.

Guy In The Orange Sweater, Who Might Have An "I'm Alex Chilton" t-shirt on underneath - 5 votes
The Boozer - 4 votes
Happy Guy In Vest - 1 vote
The Floating Hand - 1 vote
Feet On The Table - 1 vote

It's just like Paul Westerberg once said: "Children by the million / Sing for the Guy In The Orange Sweater / When he comes 'round."

Orange Sweater, you are in charge!


Jared X said...

As the Replacements said on my radio this morning as I drove to work: "I never travel far without a little Big Star."

To steal a phrase from the Slade post a few months back: Alex ... fucking ... Chilton.

Splotchy said...

Hey, unless there is someone in the picture wearing an "I'm Alex Chilton" t-shirt, you need to identify the person by how they look.

Splotchy said...

That reminds me, I need to take my "I'm Alex Chilton" t-shirt out of storage.

Roses said...

I vote for Boozer.
If you had to lead this group, wouldn't you hit the bottle, too?

Cellar Door said...

This is the toughest one yet! They look so happy. I'm going to go with the guy in the middle, in the vest. No particular reason.

Jared X said...

My bad: after all this time, you'd think I'd know the rules.

Orange sweaters are pretty. My vote goes to the orange sweater, which may or may not belong to Alex Chilton and which may or may not be concealing an "I'm Alex Chilton" t-shirt.

word verification: copsyn (Polish form of Chilton).

Hatless in Hattiesburg said...


far right "hey, i started this band..."

orange sweater "you guys were playing dive bars until i joined. now we've hit the big time - opening for weezer!"

big grin "being in a band is so cool!"

far left "i needsh a rephilllll."

orange sweater is in charge.

dguzman said...

Geddy Lee Wannabe in the orange sweater is sooooooo in charge.

Exit the warrior.

Dealer Man said...

Thing left the Addam's Family to start a solo career. Since the lack of vocal cords made this difficult he formed a band.

Therefore the floating hand far left of the picture is pointing out where everyone should sit and is in charge.

the misomaniac said...

this time i magnified the picture before making a judgment, and realised that the orange sweater person is female (but barely so. maybe i'm just imagining the beard, but s/he looks a lot like a man in a wig). she's not in charge for lack of sneakiness.

the guy in the middle looks like a moron, the guy with the drink looks like he's about to leave the band, and i cant really decide between the happy man with the foot on the table and the guy with the camera (?) whose hand is on the left.

i'm arbitrarily voting for the guy with the foot on the table. due to the rebellious orange patch (?!) on his pants, and the fact that i can see his face (ergo, i can determine his gender. i think.)

Hatless in Hattiesburg said...

re dguzman's "warrior" comment:

"Enter the Champion,
Prince Swea-Tor appears,
to lead forth the Big Star
from gigs for free beers.

Standing there and chatting,
Swea-Tor makes some calls.
The band is free to run now
from ugly paneled walls!"

(with an insincere apology to rush's necromancer...)

BeckEye said...

Well, I think that's Alex Chilton in the orange sweater. Holy hair.

But based on the photo, I vote for the big drinker. He kind of looks like a '70s-era Freddie Mercury, if you held a glass in front of Freddie Mercury's face.

Jay said...

White jacket on the left.

He is tolerating these guys, let them chat away and then pounce on them when they transgress.

Honestly though it's probably one of their mothers who make them wear sensible shoes and eat prunes.

Freida Bee, MD said...

Stander in orange sweater holds his or her liquor best, and so gets my vote. Plus, with style like that, this band is destined to go far... far away from the spotlight. (I know such things because my style is similar.)

A Jaded Girl said...

Im voting for the drinkin guy. I dont really know why I just am.

I apologize for my drunken vote last week. Please know that I, though a bit sleepy, am completely sober.

word veri: inginiq- i dunno just very interesting lol

The Imaginary Reviewer said...

I vote for orange sweater guy. He grasps my eyeline like an ape atop a skyscraper.