After a promising start with his 1975 debut single "I'm On Fire
," Dwight Twilley was the victim of record company problems that stalled his career, but he got back on the charts with "Girls" in 1984. In our 2010 interview with Dwight Twilley
, he told us: "I'm a songwriter, so I'm always thinking about what is a song, what does a songwriter do, and really, a person who writes songs is just a communicator. A song is a communication. Sometimes it's the simplest way that you can say something that everybody knows but hasn't been said quite the same way. And so it catches their attention, and you make that little bit of communication.
I remember at one point thinking to myself, it's so basic, but how many people have ever said just 'girls'? And what is that all about? What are all the good and bad and the problems, and what is that whole really confusing but really simple problem all about? And after maybe two or three weeks of going around and asking people in a dumb way, 'What's this about? What's that about?', it was like summing the whole thing up to three and a half minutes. And so it's sometimes just that simple."