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- Shark / Burnin' Sand by Dwight Twilley Band
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You really have to picture the 16 year old me for this one. A lanky useless git, escaping work experience at Natwest to scour the bargain bins of Leeds back street record shops. You could usually get a few Dwight Twilley albums for about 10p back then so having heard that they were the missing link between Big Star and Tom Petty, I gave them a go. Despite a couple of great moments, ‘I’m on Fire’ is particularly haunting, it was all a little honky tonk for me and so I continued with my Shoes obsession and left Twilley alone.
This is backed up by this belated release of their cancelled second single. ‘Shark’ is mid 70’s bar band glam rock, somewhere betwixt late period T Rex and some Elton John honkathon. Its on B side ‘Burning Sand’ where you could really hear the Big Star influences take shape. This is a really odd take on 70’s rock. It has the glammy stomp of ‘Feel’ and ‘In The Street’ with complex song structures and lashings of harmonies. Its kind of Big Star meets Wizzard performing a half remembered version of ‘Ballroom Blitz’. Perhaps too bar-band for Byrds and Big Star Lovers yet way too odd for the glam-rock mainstream, Twilley never did fit in anywhere but its great to see this stuff being unearthed after so many years.
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