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The Glove is a supergroup that was a side-project of Robert Smith (from British alt-rock band The Cure) and Steven Severin (from British gothic rock band Siouxsie & the Banshees). They recorded only one album, Blue Sunshine (1983), considered by many an overlooked jewel. In the late 1960s, the term supergroup was coined to describe music groups comprising members who had already achieved fame or respect in other groups or as individual artists. ... In popular music, a side-project is a project undertaken by one (or several) person already known for their involvement in another band. ... Robert Smith Robert James Smith (born April 21, 1959 in Blackpool, England), a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, has been the lead singer and driving force behind English post-punk band The Cure since its founding in 1976. ... The term alternative rock or alternative music1 was coined in the early 1980s to describe bands which didnt fit into the mainstream genres of the time. ... The Cure is a British band widely seen as one of the leading pioneers of the British alternative rock scene of the 1980s. ... Steven Severin (born Steven John Bailey, on September 25, 1955, in London), sometimes written Steve Severin, is bassist and founding member of Siouxsie & the Banshees. ... Siouxsie and the Banshees were a British gothic rock band. ...

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Overview

The Glove project was founded in 1983 as a diversion when both Smith and Severin were under heavy stress in their respective bands. Smith was on the verge of breakdown, drained from production of The Cure's bleakest album, 1982's Pornography, and its exhausting tour, from substance abuse, and from band infighting that had led to a member's departure. Smith and Severin had already worked together when Smith filled in as guitarist with the Banshees, and they knew each other well. Pornography is the fourth studio album by British gothic rock/alternative rock band The Cure, which was released in 1982 (see 1982 in music). ...


The band's name refers to the Glove in The Beatles' 1968 animated movie Yellow Submarine (itself made at a time The Beatles were breaking apart), and the album's title refers to a little-known eponymous horror film in which people who took the so-called "Blue Sunshine" strain of LSD became murderers ten years later. The Beatles were a pop and rock music group from Liverpool, England, who continue to be held in the very highest regard for their artistic achievements, their huge commercial success, and their groundbreaking role in the history of popular music. ... Yellow Submarine can refer to: Yellow Submarine (song), Original song by The Beatles, released in 1966. ... For other uses, see LSD (disambiguation). ...


The Glove recorded only one album, 1983's Blue Sunshine, from which two singles were released. Since Robert Smith was contractually prohibited from singing with another band (one of the reasons he cited for the recent split from The Cure's longtime label), former dancer Jeanette Landray (Budgie's then girlfriend) was recruited as the lead singer. Her performance is considered by some a weak point of the album; others consider her vocals perfect for this one-off project. Smith sings on two of the songs, "Mr. Alphabet Says" and "Perfect Murder." 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Musically, the album's dark psychedelia is both consistent and eclectic, being quite varied and semi-experimental: there is little in common between standout tracks such as the ironically paranoid "Mr. Alphabet Says" with piano and violin à la Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby", the dreamy intrumental piano "A Blues in Drag", the David Lynch-weird "Sex-Eye-Make-Up", the hypnotic looped samples of "Relax", the goth rock of "This Green City", the oriental psychedelism of "Orgy", or the strange pop of "Punish Me with Kisses" and "Like an Animal". Many of the songs were said to be inspired by sleep deprivation and drug use. Eleanor Rigby is a song by the Beatles, originally released on the album Revolver by EMI/Parlophone Records. ... David Lynch at Cannes in 2001 David Keith Lynch (born January 20, 1946, in Missoula, Montana) is an American filmmaker. ...


In 2005, Steven Severin showed interest in re-releasing Blue Sunshine. This is due to Robert Smith gradually re-releasing all of The Cure's albums (of which several have already been re-released) remastered with unreleased tracks, studio outtakes, live versions and b-sides of each album's era. Severin proposed the idea to remaster Blue Sunshine as well, and Smith happily agreed. The remaster is slated to release on June 5th, 2006 (with three Cure re-releases to follow in July). 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The re-release bonus disc is set to include an alternative version of the whole album, but featuring Robert Smith on vocals instead of Jeanette Landray.


Discography

  • (1983) Blue Sunshine

Track listing

(1983) Blue Sunshine
  1. (04:44) "Like an Animal"
  2. (04:56) "Looking Glass Girl"
  3. (04:24) "Sex-Eye-Make-Up"
  4. (03:50) "Mr. Alphabet Says"
  5. (03:12) "A Blues in Drag"
  6. (03:12) "Punish Me with Kisses"
  7. (04:34) "This Green City"
  8. (03:19) "Orgy"
  9. (04:28) "Perfect Murder"
  10. (06:03) "Relax"
    Bonus tracks on the 1990 CD reissue:
  11. (05:35) "Mouth to Mouth" - B-side from Like an Animal single
  12. (03:12) "The Tightrope" - B-side from Punish Me with Kisses single
  13. (06:36) "Like an Animal (Club? What club?)" - remix from 12" version of Like an Animal

Personnel

(1983) Blue Sunshine
All tracks: lyrics and music written, arranged, played by Steven Severin and Robert Smith.
  • Steve Severin - bass
  • Robert Smith - guitar, vocals on #4,9
  • Jeanette Landray - vocals on #1-3,6-8,11,13
  • Martin McCarrick - keyboards, real strings (later joined Siouxsie and the Banshees)
  • Ginny Heyes - real strings
  • Anne Stephenson - real strings
  • Andy Anderson - real drums (later joined The Cure)
  • The Man From Nowhere - musical interludes between tracks

Steven Severin (born September 25, 1955), sometimes written Steve Severin, is a bassist and founding member of Siouxsie & The Banshees. ... Robert Smith Robert James Smith (born April 21, 1959 in Blackpool, England), a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, has been the lead singer and driving force behind English post-punk band The Cure since its founding in 1976. ... Martin McCarrick is best known for playing guitar, and the cello, with the hard-rock band Therapy?. He joined them in 1996, having previously supplied guest cello work on their albums Troublegum, and Infernal Love. ... Andy Anderson was born in London, England on January 30th, 1951. ... The Cure is a British band widely seen as one of the leading pioneers of the British alternative rock scene of the 1980s. ...

External links

  • Blue Sunshine's lyrics
  • Influences for the tracks lyrics
  • The Cure / The Glove - Livejournal Community
  • All vinyl, cassette, CD versions
  • A Pink Dream - International Forum
  • Official The Cure Fan Club For Spain

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