Big Star – Nothing Can Hurt Me...

It was once said about the Velvet Underground that while they sold very few albums during their lifetime, everyone that bought their records went on to form band. Formed in Memphis Tennessee in 1971, Big Star were a band of a similar ilk; they released two albums before disbanding in 1974 – a third album, deemed not commercial enough at the time was released posthumously. They barely registered an impact during their lifetime, but those three albums went on to influence subsequent generations of musicians and to this day, they are cited as one of the most influential acts from that era. The Replacements, REM, Teenage Fanclub Elliot Smith and Primal Scream have all paid homage to them at one time or another and their legacy has endured long after some of the more commercially successful acts of that time have disappeared from view completely. Nothing Can Hurt Me is the companion album to an upcoming documentary movie about the band. It contains twenty one previously unreleased versions of some of their best songs. It is of course, magnificent, containing some of the most beautiful songs from the slim volume of work they left behind. As an introduction to the music of Big Star, it serves its purpose well; for existing fans and completists, hearing the different mixes and versions of their wonderful songs is a fresh reminder of why we fell in love with their music in the first place. The new versions are just about different enough to make this a worthwhile purchase for those who already have their albums. Hearing the sweetly innocent ‘Thirteen’ alongside the raw and exposed ‘Holocaust’ neatly encapsulates the bands short and turbulent history –by the time they got to recording the third album, the personal and...