The Wallflowers return to the music scene -- It's been four years since the band's, headed by Jakob Dylan, last album

By Andrew Essex
Updated January 22, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

PROJECT The Wallflowers’ return, due this summer.
THE DETAILS After recording the Grammy-nominated cover of David Bowie’s ”Heroes,” the love theme from Godzilla, Jakob Dylan and band mates Michael Ward, Rami Jaffee, Mario Calire, and Greg Richling have spent the past few months in an L.A. studio, putting the finishing touches on their latest opus. ”I’m looking for the last couple of songs at this point,” says Dylan. ”I have more than enough. I’m just trying to figure out which ones aren’t horrible.”
THE NEW SOUND Working with producer Julian Raymond (Fastball), Dylan promises a few changes. ”It’s been four years since the last record, so things are gonna evolve. Have I gone glam? I haven’t jumped on any bandwagons, if that’s what you mean. I’m doing my best to create one.”
AT STAKE Bragging rights in the newly unified UniGram.
WHAT ABOUT BOB? Like Dad, Jakob is placing new importance on his lyrics. ”I didn’t imagine anyone would hear the last two albums. You tend to write from a different place when you know people are gonna listen.”
WHY MTV WANTS ITS JDTV ”Jakob’s a great face for this channel,” says Tom Calderone, MTV’s senior VP of music. After a 1998 filled with can’t-pick-’em-out-of-a-lineup rock bands, ”Jakob definitely brings star quality to MTV,” says Calderone. ”There’s real power there.”