Behind the Velvet Underground, could Big Star be the ultimate cult band? All my favorite bands worship them, yet I never really understood their appeal. I think I liked the idea of Alex Chilton being an eccentric fringe powerpop songwriter more than I liked his actual music. But then... a few days ago, I suddenly got it. For whatever reason, I put on "3rd/Sister Lovers," and the tunes hit me like a ton of bricks. The level of neurosis, of sheer emotion, coupled with such great melodies and screwball arrangements... I'd heard nothing like it, but I instantly saw the thread of influence from them to all my favorites (Replacements, Gin Blossoms, R.E.M., etc.). It was a pretty cool moment. From there I moved on to "Radio City," which is -in my view- the only really perfect powerpop album I've heard. I'd listened to it before and I thought songs like "O My Soul" were psychotic rants... relistening now, yeah... that pretty much sums it up. But for whatever reason, I love it. It just clicks. So, any other Big Star fans here? Any haters/doubters-turned-fans?