THE TWILIGHTS - "9:50" / "What's Wrong With The Way I Live" (Columbia DO-4764) February 1967
The Twilights have featured on my blog once before when I highlighted their psychedelic single "Time and Motion Study Man" so I thought it about time to write about them again. They hailed from a small Town in Australia called Elizabeth, which is not too far away from Adelaide and they had a very talented songwriter in Terry Britten.
In 1966 The Twilights won a music competition "The Hoadley's Battle Of The Sounds", the first prize being a trip to England. They set off in September 1966, checked out Carnaby Street for mod clobber and the sights and sounds of London. Also working a residency for a week at The Cavern in Liverpool.
The highlight of their visit to England however, was recording some songs at Abbey Road Studios with Beatles engineer Norman Smith, and if you didn't already know he also produced Pink Floyd's "Piper At The Gates Of Dawn" and The Pretty Things "S.F. Sorrow" among many other psych classics.
"9:50" is a sensational psychedelic rocker with a pounding riff, harmonies and a gritty guitar sound. It's been said that Vanda and Young used the song as an inspiration for their big hit "Friday On My Mind" with The Easybeats.
The other side is a wonderful cover version of The Hollies tune "What's Wrong With The Way I Live."
During the mid 80s Terry Britten co-wrote "What's Love Got To Do With It" and "We Don't Need Another Hero" for Tina Turner. But the only songs of his I want to hear are those he wrote for The Twilights.