Songfacts – Songwriter Interview – Dwight Twilley
September 15, 2010
Along with his collaborator and follow Tulsan Phil Seymour, who succumbed to cancer in 1993, Dwight Twilley scored a hit with his first single, “I’m On Fire,” which went to #16 in 1975. The typical record industry drama kept him from achieving his commercial potential, but despite what the charts suggest, it hasn’t stopped the music. How do you describe his sound? As Dwight points out, he’s been called “The Father of New Wave,” but Power Pop also seems to fit.
We had a chance to talk with Twilley about his 2010 album Green Blimp, his old songs, and some of his famous friends. The man sounds just as enthusiastic today as he did the first time he heard The Beatles on the radio and started making music of his own.