The Glove’s 1983 Blue Sunshine will be reissued as an individually numbered 2LP set on blue vinyl for Record Store Day next month, featuring not just the full album but the 16 demos originally included on the 2006 expanded CD reissue.
Severin, the former Siouxsie and the Banshees bassist, had posted cryptically on his Facebook page in late January that “there is GLOVELINESS for collectors coming in April,” referring to the short-lived band he formed with The Cure’s Robert Smith in the early ’80s.
The Cure’s Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me also is due for a red-vinyl reissue for Record Store Day.
Part two of a five part series.
Just as Bauhaus was breaking up, a place in England opened up whose gothic importance cannot be overstated. Beginning in 1982, the Batcave intended to bring about a revival of the glam scene using bands more in line with T. Rex and Bowie. By 1983, it had transformed into the hub of gothic culture.
The Batcave became a haven for people who were tired of the New Romantic movement and up for something a little darker. Peter Murphy, Nick Cave, Robert Smith and Siouxsie Sioux were all regulars at the club, and eventually its rather unique culture began to get exported.
Robert Smith and Steve Severin formed – briefly – “the Glove” around 1983. Their only LP “Blue Sunshine” features six tracks sung by Jeanette Landray and here she celebrates 30 years of the Glove.
(This video was produced by the guys behind Post-Punk Magazine.)
If you like the Cure and Siouxsie and the Banshees, 1983/1984 was an absolute golden period. Robert Smith was playing guitar with the Banshees (one of several stints), appearing on Nocturne (the Banshees live from the Royal Albert Hall – a stunning gig released on double vinyl and VHS!) and on the studio LP Hyaena; Robert Smith and Steve Severin had formed the Glove with Jeanette Landray (then girlfriend of Severin’s band mate Budgie) and Siouxsie and Budgie had formed the Creatures.
1984 was also a golden era for live music TV with the Tube, the Old Grey Whistle Test and, briefly “Play at Home” – a series of documentaries about leading rock bands made by themselves… what could go wrong?