July 31, 2010

Blue Sunshine - The Glove

A small group of Stanford college grads take mucho dodgy batch of LSD called Blue Sunshine and start feeling the side-effects ten years later: hair loss and swift deterioration into erratic, sweaty, screaming, zombie killers (that hate loud sounds). The concept from this 1978 movie clearly tickled the cerebella of Messrs. Severin, Steven and Smith, Robert who snaffled the title for The Glove's one-off 1983 outing.

It is an odd record. According to the Banshees' Budgie, he and Siouxsie "looked in on a couple of sessions, and couldn't believe what was going on...a situation obviously fuelled by parties and various substances."

A shame that the project was overshadowed by the profile of Banshees and Cure output that year as both groups were enjoying smash hit singles - Dear Prudence; The Lovecats. A shame because the psychedelic pop and accessible experimentalism on Blue Sunshine is a delight from start to finish. Give it a go.

(Spooky to note out how in the years since our two protagonists have been no strangers to hair loss, and erratic, sweaty, screaming behaviour. The evils of drugs kids....)

Oddi wrth y brawd
orange sunshine


Pastaman Vibration (ye-ah!) said...

Yes, good call! Apparently Fat Bob (as he wasn't at the time)was limited to singing on just two tracks because of some contractual niggles. Some might say this was a good thing but anyway it led to them using someone else -a female vocalist, much to the chagrin of Siouxie Sioux herself because as we all know, there can only be one queen in the hive. Hence much sniffiness and many disparaging comments. It was probably all a bit too outlandish for its time and as I recall didn't make too much of a dent in people's consciousness. But then again I don't recall that much these days.

I wouldn't bother with the deluxe remaster, it suffers from the now all-too-common tendency and, in fact, a Smith obsession for lobbing in all the demos and alt-takes which 99% of the time is a total waste of time and money.

By the way Y Brawd I'm going to have to spend a bit of time listening to some of the more left-field and lesser known stuff you posted in the week. All sounds very intriguing.

Mr Alphabet sez, keep them esoteric freaks a rolling

Y Brawd said...

Go left, young(-ish) man.