Hidden Treasures - The Glove’s Blue Sunshine (1983)
Recorded - 1983 / Style: Post punk, neo psychedelia / Vocals: Jeanette Landray, Robert Smith / Country: England
Critically acclaimed but overlooked considering Robert Smith’s involvement, The Glove was a side project by Robert from The Cure
and Siouxsie & The Banshees’ bassist Steven Severin in 1983. Robert
Smith wasn’t allowed to sing with another band by his label so they
hired Budgie’s ex-girlfriend, Jeanette Landray, to sing most songs.
The Glove is a project much weirder than the usual Cure fare and
psychedelic around the level of Siouxsie’s Kiss In The Dreamhouse.
There’s a lot of intriguing songs here that are unique even for post-punk: “A Blues In
Drag” is an instrumental curio with slo-mo, lovely piano from Smith, “Mr.
Alphabet Says” is a paranoid, Wonderland-ish march decorated with
strings, and my personal favorite “Perfect Murder” (which features a
fantastic addition of xylophone) is like a surreal trek in a virtual
rainforest. Jeanette’s voice really suits the music and gives the songs
an interesting twist (it makes me wish she could’ve sung with Siouxsie on a Banshees song). Overall,
Blue Sunshine (named after the cult horror film) is an album bound to interest fans of The Cure and the
Banshees and it’s one of my favorite things to arise from the post-punk