Thursday, June 22, 2006

Grant-Lee Phillips Takes Blame And Credit For ’80s Album

BURBANK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If cult hero and singer- songwriter Grant-Lee Phillips gets his first mainstream, smash hit from his upcoming album of ’80s covers, he’ll have to suck it up.

Phillips has toiled for a decade in almost famous limbo, but his small but hip circle of fans and critics may grow with nineteeneighties, which features his versions of 11 songs by ’80s icons like Echo & The Bunnymen, The Cure, New Order, Psychedelic Furs and The Smiths, among others.

If one of the new songs turns him into a crossover hit, Phillips says he doesn’t know how he’ll feel about superstardom based on a song that’s not really his.

In his words, “I’ve heard of other songwriters like Harry Nilsson who were haunted by their biggest hit being someone else’s, so it’s a cross to bear probably.”

Phillips says he’s willing to give big-time fame a shot, anyway.

“If it brings me huge success – and it’s not my song – oh well, I’ll have to take the pain, I guess.”

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