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Interview:
Plain White T's Getting New Life For Old Song
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Chicago’s Plain White T’s are winning new fans with an old song. The quintet’s latest single, “Hey There Delilah” — a Top 10 hit on the alternative rock charts — first appeared on its 2005 album “All That We Needed.” But after seeing the fan reaction to the song, executives at Plain White T’s current label, Disney-owned Hollywood Records, decided to graft it onto the band’s latest release, “Every Second Counts,” and give it a new life.

“It’s one of my favorite songs, and it was never able to have any kind of shot like this before, so it feels good,” says frontman Tom Higgenson, who founded the group in 1997 and wrote “Delilah” for a fan who asked him to write a song about her.

“If it’s a hit, then let it be a hit; we don’t care that it’s been out before or that it was on our last record. It never got the chance, so let it be heard.”

Higgenson says that “Delilah’s” success is indicative of why Plain White T’s switch to a major label after releasing its first album, 2002’s “Stop,” independently and “All That We Needed” on the smaller Fearless Records imprint. But he adds that while the group is aware of what’s going on, its own perspective is a bit more insular.

“We’re just on a bus playing shows every night,” Higgenson notes. “We don’t hear the song on the radio. We don’t see it on TV. We don’t know all that’s going on, actually.

“To an outsider, to a fan of ours, they’re probably like, ‘Oh my God, they’re blowing up! They’re getting so huge!’ But we don’t even comprehend that, I don’t think ... although the shows have been awesome. We do notice that.”



Plain White T’s, Boys Night Out, Lovedrug, Dear and the Headlights perform at 8 p.m. Sunday (April 29th) at St. Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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