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Dwight Twilley

Wild Dogs

Expanded Edition Remastered CD with Bonus Tracks | ICON 1054

  • Originally released 1986
  • First time on CD worldwide!
  • Produced by Val Garay (Linda Ronstadt, The Motels, Kim Carnes)
  • Original album digitally remastered
  • Plus 9 bonus tracks, including Dwight's original demos
  • Liner notes by power pop aficionado Ken Sharp (Cheap Trick, The Raspberries)
  • Never before seen photos from the original cover shoot
  • Street Date: 7/29/22
Pre Order

Track Listing

  • 1. Sexual
  • 2. Wild Dogs
  • 3. You Don't Care
  • 4. Hold On
  • 5. Shooting Stars
  • 6. Baby Girl
  • 7. Ticket to My Dream
  • 8. Secret Place
  • 9. Radio
  • 10. Spider & The Fly

Bonus Tracks

  • 11. Sexual ('New Edit' 7" version)
  • 12. You Don't Care (demo)
  • 13. Wild Dogs (demo)
  • 14. Ticket to My Dream (demo)
  • 15. Baby Girl (demo)
  • 16. Radio (demo)
  • 17. Secret Place (demo)
  • 18. Spider & the Fly (demo)
  • 19. Sexual (demo)

Lineup

  • Dwight Twilley - Lead Vocals, Background Vocals, Harmony Vocals
  • Susan Cowsill - Harmony Vocals, Background Vocals
  • Craig Krampf - Drums and Percussion
  • Noah Shark - Linn 9000 Programming
  • Jerry Scheff - Bass
  • Bill Pitcock IV - Electric & Acoustic Guitar
  • Craig Hull - Electric Guitar
  • Kenny Lee Lewis - Acoustic & Electric Guitar
  • Waddy Wachtel - Guitar
  • Steve Goldstein - Linn 9000 Programming, Synthesized Bass, Piano, Keyboards, Arranged and Conducted Strings

Special Guests

  • Phil Seymour - Background Vocals on Shooting Stars
  • Kim Carnes - Background Vocals on Hold On
  • Jerry Peterson - Saxophone Solo on Sexual
  • Jimmy Haskell - Arranged and Conducted Strings on Sexual

Dwight Twilley’s fourth solo album, and sixth release overall, Wild Dogs is a brilliant pop/rock album that never got a fair chance — until now. Twilley achieved a long-awaited breakthrough in 1984 when his single “Girls” (featuring his one-time Shelter labelmate and friend Tom Petty on support vocals) hit the Top 20. Parent album Jungle went Top 40. The stage was set for Twilley’s next album to put him over the top. Filled with inspiration and confidence, Dwight wrote one of his strongest, most commercial and most consistent batches of new songs for the album that would become Wild Dogs. Hit producer Val Garay (Linda Ronstadt, Kim Carnes, The Motels) was onboard, along with Twilley regulars Bill Pitcock IV (guitar), Susan Cowsill (harmony vocals) and a guest appearance from his Dwight Twilley Band partner Phil Seymour (backing vocals).

Twilley even had a new label strongly behind him, helmed by one of the top indie radio promoters of the era. But it all came crashing down when his label head was implicated in a major payola scandal (read Fredric Dannen’s book Hit Men) and the label collapsed on the eve of Wild Dogs‘ 1986 release. As Dwight ruefully put it, “He was later cleared from charges. Wild Dogs wasn’t.” Twilley was punted over to CBS Associated Records and Wild Dogs given a token release. But there was no music video, little promotion, not even a CD pressing, and Wild Dogs sank without a trace.

If ever an artist and album deserved better, it’s this one. For its first-ever CD release, Iconoclassic Records presents the original Wild Dogs album remastered, plus 9 bonus tracks that not only double the disc’s length but present Dwight’s original demos for the album. Longtime Twilley art director Zox has contributed never-before-seen photos from the cover shoot, and power pop authority Ken Sharp’s liner notes are based on 2022 interviews with Dwight Twilley, Val Garay, Susan Cowsill and Zox.

36 years after its botched original release, Wild Dogs finally gets the treatment it has always deserved. If you enjoy melodic, lush, dreamy, heartfelt, fun and playful pop/rock songwriting, any of Dwight Twilley’s previous records, or the mid-’80s music of Tom Petty, Lindsey Buckingham, Jeff Lynne or Marshall Crenshaw, you’re going to LOVE Wild Dogs.