Song of the Day #4,812: ‘September Gurls’ – Big Star

Diving back into my Decades series, and specifically the year 1974, brings me to Radio City, the sophomore album by American power pop band Big Star.

This album was one of only three released by the pioneering act, who recorded between 1972 and 1978 before breaking up. Their work was hugely influential on the alternative movement, with R.E.M. and The Replacements among their biggest fans.

Three of the band’s four founding members died before reaching 60. Guitarist Chris Bell died in a car accident at 27, while lead singer Alex Chilton and bassist Andy Hummel died of heart disease and cancer, respectively, at 59. A sad postscript for a band who made a big impression in a short amount of time.

[Verse 1]
September girls do so much
I was your Butch, and you were touched
I loved you, well, never mind
I’ve been crying all the time

[Chorus]
December boys got it bad
December boys got it bad

[Verse 2]
September girls, I don’t know why
How can I deny what’s inside?
Even though I’ll keep away
They will love all our days

[Chorus]
December boys got it bad
December boys got it bad

[Bridge]
When I get to bed late at night
That’s the time she makes things right
Ooh, when she makes love to me
(Ooh)

[Guitar Solo]

[Verse 1]
September girls do so much
I was your Butch, and you were touched
I loved you, well, nevermind
I’ve been crying all the time

[Chorus]
December boys got it bad
December boys got it bad
December boys got it bad, ooh

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,812: ‘September Gurls’ – Big Star

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Today’s song sounds vaguely familiar, but I really had not heard about this band. I certainly appreciate their influence on bands I do know such as REM.

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