OISTER: Pre-Dwight Twilley Band 73-74: LP

This double LP document contains loads of raw demos from the power pop dream duo Dwight Twilley and Phil Seymour. Dwight and Phil collaborated for years, culminating into the creation of their best-known project The Dwight Twilley Band. TDTB’s first two albums are knotted in the blueprint of power pop. These demos document the years before the band really honed their edge. They’re great demos, but maybe too eclectic for the casual fan. There’s a lot of pleasure to be had for fans. Twilley and Seymour can spin a chorus. “Lovin’ Me” has the sentiment and catchy chorus. “Pop Bottle” picks up the pace a bit. The choogaloo pace makes for an easy T. Rex comparison. These songs showcase the artistry but tell little of the karate chop they would develop in their springy song structures down the road. If you’re going down this path, I’d recommend the second Dwight Twilley Band record Twilley Don’t Mind. But if you’re into them already, this affordable double album of demos has loads of good songs and enjoyable listening. Hozac always does a good job with their archive series. The jacket contains good notes and shirtless pictures. Both Twilley and Seymour went on to have successful solo careers. Seymour’s first solo album is a dollar bin classic to look out for. Bit of trivia: Seymour is the magic second voice on the chorus of Tom Petty’s “American Girl.” –Billups Allen (Hozac)