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July 27th, 2011

Dwight Twilley Band

Dwight Twilley and Phil Seymour (who comprised the Dwight Twilley Band) are the missing link after the Beatles and ELO. However, even that is an unfair oversimplification. What makes their music all the more enticing is that they both seem to draw more upon the most sharp and jaded elements of the Plastic Ono band rather than the post-dream Beatles state that ELO pretty much remained within. For no other reason than complete mismanagement and unfortunate luck they remain mostly unknown despite one hitish single. While having their own unique voices I can’t help but file them under ‘this is where I wish John Lennon was in 1977.’ The criminally underrated/serendipitously sprung at Sun Records, Sincerely:

Dwight TwilleyBaby Let’s Cruise [1976]

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So coherent yet comes off the rails entirely at just the right point throughout.

Dwight Twilley – Sincerely [1976]

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They’re optimistic I swear… I was torn whether or not to put this track first. Fucking cunningly brilliant.

Dwight TwilleyI’m losing you [1976]

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Eat your heart out Jeff Lynne

4 Comments »

  1. Good stuff. “Eat your heart out Jeff Lynne”, however, is laughable. Let’s not get too carried away.

    Comment by bndn — July 27, 2011 @ 1:00 pm
  2. Huh,
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9BQX9IWYgY

    Comment by Ryan — July 27, 2011 @ 7:57 pm
  3. “Doin that Crazy Thing” just reaffirms my conviction that Jeff Lynne is amazing.

    Comment by bndn — July 29, 2011 @ 1:02 pm
  4. I loved this Dwight Twilley stuff when it first came out and played it a lot, managed to make a few converts among my friends too, but not many. Haven’t heard them for a while but listening to these mp3’s they still sound fine. I didn’t really make a connection between this music and ELO back then but I can see what you’re saying. I like some of ELO’s stuff although I never played the albums much, but I can see how they were both fashioning a re-tooled post-Beatles sound for their own purposes. But for me there’s a more direct, raw quality with Dwight Twilley and an Alex Chilton-like eccentricity. Their more stripped down pop has an emotional tug that ELO could never achieve with their (admittedly brilliant) layered lushness. Thanks for the post, brings back some good memories.

    Comment by Gilbert — August 26, 2011 @ 6:19 am

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