Few bands have received greater acclaim and yet been so spectacularly unsuccessful as Big Star. Led by the early ’60s Britpop-obsessed Alex Chilton, the band released three albums in the early ’70s of genius powerpop. The albums sold poorly, to say the least, and the band broke up. Rediscovered and cited as a key influence by bands such as R.E.M., Teenage Fanclub, The Posies and The Replacements, their influence only continued to rise. Tragically, last year’s untimely death of Alex Chilton may have put the band permanently on ice.