The very first thing I did after finally purchasing Twilley Don't Mind
(1977) this past Saturday at the CHIRP Record Fair was come home, joyously crack my windows—it was a balmy 70 degrees, if you've already forgotten—and blast today's 12 O'Clock Track
, the album's hard-strutting title track. Twilley, who visited town last year
as a part of HoZac's Blackout fest—tying in with the label's release of the single "Shark"
—famously never garnered the fame he was owed for being a power-pop trailblazer. After the kerplunk of the aforementioned, he and his partner, Phil Seymour, split and Twilley went on to some success as a solo act. But that doesn't negate gems like this. Not one bit. The track's attitude kicks in from the get-go with an undeniable, twangy guitar lick and driving rhythm, both of which are then bolstered by sweaty, charismatic vocal harmonies. It's three minutes of perfect.