The title #1 Record was decided towards the end of the recording sessions and evinced, albeit as a playful hope rather than a serious expectation, the chart position to be achieved by a big star.Fry recalled how Ardent, one of the first recording studios to use a sixteen-track tape machine, worked experimentally with the band members: "We started recording the songs with the intent that if it turned out OK we'd put it out [...] I wound up being the one that primarily worked on it: I recorded all the tracks and then they would often come late at night and do overdubs.
Big Star was an American rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1971 by Alex Chilton, Chris Bell, Jody Stephens, and Andy Hummel.The group broke up in 1974, and reorganized with a new line-up nearly 20 years later.Stax, in an effort to improve its catalog's availability, signed a deal with Columbia Records, already successful distributors in the US, making Columbia responsible for the entire Stax catalog.But Columbia had no interest in dealing with the independent distributors previously used by Stax and removed even the existing copies of #1 Record from the stores.Both "Watch the Sunrise" and "Thirteen" were subsequently included on Big Star's first album, #1 Record.
The now four-piece band adopted the name Big Star when one member was given the idea from a grocery store often visited for snacks during recording sessions.Like #1 Record, the album contains a mix of rock, power pop, and acoustic reflection, but is more pop-oriented than either #1 Record or Third.This song is an example of the band's most highly acclaimed power pop.Drums take on a different role in a three-piece band, so it was a lot of fun.[...] Radio City was really more spontaneous, and the performances were pretty close to live performances." He was replaced by John Lightman for a short tenure prior to the band dissolving.In 1992, interest was further stimulated by Rykodisc's reissues of the band's albums, complemented by a collection of Bell's solo work.