In what must be the most easygoing reunion of all time, the Box Tops -- including lead singer, cult figure, and Big Star dude Alex Chilton -- ended up back together a little more than 10 years ago at the behest of bassist and keyboardist Bill Cunningham. The reunion was a pure lark -- just to try out a technologically updated studio. But now, instead of churning out oldies for fat ladies in halter tops every summer -- or simply bowing to Chilton's name -- the whole band remains invested in down-home generosity and continued discovery. At the same time, their performances do help to "explain where [Chilton] came from, as well as where we come from," Cunningham says. "When you start looking at everything, and you dig deep enough, you'll see that a lot of people knew one another, and a lot of people influenced one another."
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