Friday, January 13, 2017

"Little Bit of Love" by Dwight Twilley

Song#:  1909
Date:  05/19/1984
Debut:  84
Peak:  77
Weeks:  4
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Twilley's third solo LP, Jungle, would be his best charting effort (#39) thanks to the album's #2 Rock track "Girls." The single would also do well at Pop reaching #16. This follow-up tune wouldn't catch on as well. It only managed a #44 showing at Rock while not making it out of the bottom quarter of the Pop chart. The success of "Girls" and the LP should have led to another platter for EMI, but it didn't happen. Twilley left the label and signed on to the indie Private I imprint. He recorded an album for them, but bad luck hit when the label folded prior to the LP's release. Epic picked up Wild Dogs and got it out, but coming two years after Jungle, the momentum was gone and the album quickly disappeared. Label and distribution issues continued to plague the artist, but in later years he continued to record and was able to get his works released.

ReduxReview:  This song has a very dramatic opening that really draws attention. If it had been orchestrated a bit more, I'd almost say it was in the Alan Parsons Project realm. It then moves into a dark, rock groove that I like quite a bit. The brighter chorus is a nice change and works quite well. I don't think it's as Pop radio hooky or friendly as "Girls," but I actually like the song slightly better. It should have gone higher on both the Pop and Rock charts.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  In addition to being a musician, Twilley was also a divorced parent. His pre-teen daughter lived with her mom and stepdad and due to Twilley's touring schedule, he didn't get to spend a lot of time with her. In order to keep things interesting and active between father and daughter, Twilley came up with an idea. He would write his daughter letters that included a series of questions. Some would be basic while others would be humorous, creative, or introspective. His first letter had thirty-seven questions and his daughter responded. Over the years, he would send her more questions and she would respond. The communications kept their relationship close and going. It worked out so well that in 1994 Twilley wrote a parenting book based on the experience titled Questions from Dad that was well-received.


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