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America’s Best Live Jukebox

Alive & Kicking – The Twilight Singers
August 2004
Molotow, Hamburg, Germany

Paul Stinson

All you need is love, and Hamburg, love is what you shall receive.” So began Twilight Singers frontman and part-time Marlboro spokesman Greg Dulli.

With an endless supply of burning cigarettes in one hand and a red Telecaster in the other, Motown made a date with the crunchy wah-wah intensity of Dulli’s earlier Sub Pop glory. With his sense of guilt and remorse -i.e. Afghan Whigs songs- checked at customs, the Cincinnati native didn’t seem to mind being back where he started, filling a small club with a big sound.

Although at times, the club was just a little too cosy. ‘What are you guys talking about?’, asked Dulli, stopping midway through a Hope Saandoval cover. ‘I can wait until you’re finished.’ With that, Molotow achieved library-grade silence out of respect.

Standing in the back, Dulli clapped and beckoned for his own encore, before returning to the stage and enlisting the help of a female fan to hold his cigarette as he settled in behind the piano. ”Smoking is bad for you but you look hot with that thing.” Always the charmer cynical romanticist, Dulli skillfully showed his chameleon colors, covering Outkast’s latest hit, “Roses” with a sense or humor and growling conviction that only America’s greatest live jukebox could achieve.

Note: Paul Stinson is a regular contributor who’s currently living in Germany.

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