Big Star weren’t perfect. The word gets thrown around a lot, especially regarding to their debut, #1 Record, as if perfection were their triumph. They were a band of few, if any triumphs; theirs was a losers’ history upgraded by the passage of time and the success of those they influenced. Big Star were marked by their lack of triumph. Big Star were roiling and volatile, a freak collision between a couple of college kids and an idle teen idol, who in every regard but artistic, failed their way through a career that barely qualified as such. How far Big Star fell into that wide chasm between what they wanted to be and what they were, that is what made them great.