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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 era.

anonymous asked:

what are your most favourite books?

the books that have crossed continents and back with me are: rosencrantz and guildenstern are dead by tom stoppard, under milk wood by dylan thomas, gaudy night by dorothy l sayers, the collected sherlock holmes by arthur conan doyle, the collected letters of vincent van gogh, the bloody chamber by angela carter, and the waste land and other poems by ts eliot

an incomplete (and always growing) list of other favourites would include mr fox (and everything else by helen oyeyemi), everything is illuminated by jonathan safran foer, the master and margarita by mikhail bulgakov, the savage detectives (and everything else) by roberto bolano, white teeth by zadie smith, 100 years of solitude by gabriel garcia marquez, the passion (and everything else by) jeanette winterson, the unbearable lightness of being by milan kundera, kafka’s stories, the house on mango street by sandra cisneros, anil’s ghost by michael ondaatje, his dark materials by philip pullman, the dark is rising by susan cooper, who fears death by nnedi okorafor, waking the moon by elizabeth hand, tam lin by pamela dean, among others by jo walton, the inheritance trilogy by nk jemisin, alif the unseen by g willow wilson, lolly willowes by sylvia townsend warner, hopscotch by julio cortazar, history of my life by giacomo casanova, magic for beginners by kelly link, giovanni’s room by james baldwin, and arcadia by tom stoppard

if someone were to hold me to a more concise list, i would only manage it by giving my favourite authors, who are helen oyeyemi, jeanette winterson, zadie smith, and roberto bolano.