Bobby Long is famous for a song he doesn’t even sing.
The British singer and songwriter’s 15 minutes (so far) have come courtesy of “Let Me Sign,” the hit from last year’s “Twilight” film soundtrack that was sung by the film’s co-star Robert Pattinson, a friend of Long’s in England. But Long says he feels no need to perform it himself.
“To be honest, it was a bit of a throwaway song at first,” Long, 22, says of “Let Me Sign,” which was included on the iTunes digital edition of the soundtrack. “So I’ve never played it at all, never played it live. If people want to hear it, they can hear it in the film, which is a much better context.
“When I started coming to American in April, I was quite worried that people would be calling for it and I’d have to decline; ‘Sorry, I want to play my own stuff.’ But I’ve been very lucky. People have been more interested to hear my other songs, which is something I’m really thankful for. That’s a good omen for the future.”
Long has used the notoriety from “Twilight” to put out “Dirty Pond Songs,” a demo-style collection of other songs he’s written that he’s more vested in performing. The next move, of course, is making a proper album, but the recent graduate of London Metropolitan University — where he majored in film sound recording — is not in any hurry to make that happen.
“I’ve got a publishing deal, and we’ve been having a lot of meetings and stuff,” Long says. “I need to start thinking about my first album, but right now I’m doing my own thing and my own tours. I’m not going to sign with somebody until I have to, until I make the record I want to make and feel like it’s great and ready to come out.
“I want it to make an impact and be great, and that will happen in its own time, I think.”
Bobby Long performs Sunday (Aug. 30) at Small’s, 10339 Conant, Hamtramck. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 at the door. Call (313) 873-1117 or visit www.smallsbardetroit.com.
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