Flashback: Big Star Classics By Beck, Wilco, Elliott Smith and More

This week the rock world lost Alex Chilton, so we’re devoting our Flashback to covers of Big Star songs by artists ranging from Beck to Wilco to the Bangles, who perform the classic “September Gurls” in the video above. As Rob Sheffield wrote in his remembrance of Chilton, the singer was “the ultimate indie cult hero”, who despite “years of hard living, always seemed indestructible — and thanks to his music, he always will be.”

Below, watch four artists — Beck, Bat for Lashes, This Mortal Coil and Jeff Buckley — take on Third/Sister Lovers’s “Kanga Roo,” while Wilco, Garbage and Elliott Smith each cover “Thirteen.”

Beck – “Kanga Roo”

Bat for Lashes – “Kanga Roo”

Jeff Buckley – “Kanga Roo”

This Mortal Coil – “Kanga Roo”

Wilco – “Thirteen”

Elliott Smith – “Thirteen”

Garbage – “Thirteen”