Famous Names Shine on Twilight Singers

By Larry Nager
The Cincinnati Enquirer

The first Twilight Singers was an alt-rock cabaret with Greg Dulli as the chain-smoking master of ceremonies.

The new incarnation is a rock band with Dulli as frontman, singing and playing guitar and keyboards.

The rest: Mathias Schneeberger (Blackberry Belle co-producer), keyboards; Jon Skibic (of Gigolo Aunts), guitar; Scott Ford, bass and Bobby McIntyre, drums.

Dulli’s favorite Twilight Singers-related brush with fame:

“Bobby McIntyre is the godson of Barry Gibb (of the Bee Gees), he’s from Miami Beach. He put me on the phone with Barry Gibb and I just about peed my pants. He couldn’t have been a nicer guy and I would say to him (goofy, starstruck voice), ‘I think you’re great! What were you thinking about when you wrote ‘Jive Talkin’ ‘?”

“Blackberry Belle” brushes with fame:

“I got all kinds of people (on the new album). I’m rockin’ with (jazz bassist) Charlie Haden and Prince, at least their proteges or prodigy, as it were.” (Note: Prince protege Apollonia Kotero sang backup; Petra Haden, Charlie’s daughter, played violin and sang backup.)

The first Twilight Singers album was on Sony. “Blackberry Belle” is on indie label Birdman. How many labels have you been on?

“I was checking this out the other day, but including like all the guest appearances and stuff I’ve done through the years, I’ve been on every major label and I’ve been on 10, 15 of the indies.”

What was that unreleased Twilight Singers record like?

“It’s very rock ‘n’ roll. It’s very swaggery, pimpy, and when (Ted Demme) died, I felt completely different about life and I just torpedoed that record and re-wrote one.

I wrote and recorded like 50 songs in the past two years.”

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