Dulli Shows His 'Love' For Oddball Covers
A self-professed proclivity for performing other people's material with a personalized flair is the driving force behind Greg Dulli's upcoming Twilight Singers ...A self-professed proclivity for performing other people's material with a personalized flair is the driving force behind Greg Dulli's upcoming Twilight Singers covers album "She Loves You," due Aug. 24 via One Little Indian.
"Interpretation for me is like falling out of bed and I love taking a song that I already love and putting my spin on it," Dulli tells Billboard.com. "If you don't bring your own spin to it, there is really no sense for you to be doing it, especially if it is already a great song. All 11 songs on that album are great songs that I personally love, so for me to just cover them verbatim would have been a waste of time and I would never do that."
For Dulli, the former Afghan Whigs visionary whose penchant for improvising cover songs into his live shows is well documented, the trend continued on the latest Twilight Singers' tour earlier this year. The singer/songwriter would perform often nearly indiscernible versions of John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" and Marvin Gaye's "Please Stay (Once You Go Away)." Both songs made it onto the new album, which features an equally eclectic track listing that ranges from Mary J. Blige ("Real Love") to Fleetwood Mac ("What Makes You Think").
Dulli says the only touring he'll do for the upcoming album will be a few dates next month in Europe. From there, the Ohio native plans on returning to Sicily to finish up producing Italian band After Hours before heading Stateside to complete production of the next Twilight Singers album, due in March 2005.
In addition, the singer will also be finishing up another covers set, which includes Chaka Khan's "Ain't Nobody" with Apollonia and is due out sometime in 2005. Plans then call for completing the debut release from longtime side project the Gutter Twins, featuring Dulli and former Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan. That album, which he hopes will be out next summer, takes Dulli into yet another direction as a singer/songwriter.
"It is kind of different," he says. "I have to say we share similar sensibilities but when we write together, we draw from a vast repertoire of influences."
Also in the mix is a Twilight Singers DVD project, "Black Out the Windows -- The Twilight Singers Live," due in September. Recorded earlier this year, the concert set features a guest appearance by a former Afghan Whigs member. Dulli wouldn't divulge a name: "It's either Rick (McCollum) or John (Curley)," he says.
Whigs fans should take note that there's plenty of unreleased material that could eventually see the light of day. "I have a ton," says Dulli. "But I'm waiting to see what my best option is for that."