The Dwight Twilley Band really rocks with originality and vitality. . like Greg Kihn, the Flamin’ Groovies, Todd, Nils, Eric Carmen, Jonathan Rickman & the Modern Lovers, the Ramonesspecial musicians who have all released special albums within the past twelve months. Dwight and his companions, Phil Seymour, Bill Pitcock, and Johnny Johnson had released two, hard-to-find singles prior to cutting the LP. The first, “I’m On Fire”, was heavily raved about among the word-of- mouth cognoscenti. . .1 never heard it ’til the album. The second release (which I did get), “You Were So Warm” b/w “Sincerely”, floored me immediately. . .the drum rolls were “boom-boom”—the voices, harmonious and pretty/tough—the guitars, fierce and bouncy. . .so far, so good. I put them on my list of rock & rollers to pull for and plug, if possible. . .a real contender, with an instinct for great singles.. .
Then, out of Tulsa came the album. . .so good, so far. Twilley’s band combines the exuberance of the Sixties’ heroes with the pop sensibilities of the Seventies. There is almost a Spectorish quality to many of the cuts dealing with romance and adolescent triumphs or traumas. Some of the songs even remind me of the early Elvis or the Everly Brothers, which is not intended as comparison, but mainly as an indication of their temperment and feel. It is to the band’s credit that they do maintain their own style while delivering the credo of “good-time rock & roll”. Music like this cannot be ignored. And, for our benefit, the Dwight Twilley Band will become even better. Watch out for/listen to this very talented group. . .they, too, are imminent.
Sincere recommendations: “You Were So Warm”, “I’m On Fire”, “Sincerely”, “Release Me”, “Three Persons”, etc… etc…