And that’s the blunt end of another recalcitrant year finished with. Quite a few years ago I pondered writing some kind of short story featuring some sad, lonely someone. Someone possibly (maybe definitely) male, sitting in a room on New Year’s Eve all alone, nothing for company other than his favourite records from the dark hulks of the early to mid 1980’s. First And Last And Always, perhaps – the rather fine début album by The Sisters Of Mercy; dark (to apply the most obvious of adjective) but stripped back, gifting the sound a refined elegance missing on their later recordings. Something by Siouxsie And The Banshees (1982’s A Kiss In The Dreamhouse) – or better still, The Glove, the somewhat strange and often overlooked side project from Banshee Steve Severin and Cure frontman / occasional Banshee Robert Smith. Sole album Blue Sunshine was released in 1983, many of the vocals performed by Jeanette Landray because (according to record company edict) Smith wasn’t supposed to be moonlighting. The 2006 re-release however contains an extra disc of Smith’s distinctive voice draped across the exotica of song; very much worth a listen, if you’re yet to encounter.
But back to the original story for a moment; if I recall correctly (the notebook in question has alas vanished along the way), not much of the action was actually action – rather, the plan was some kind of meditation upon urban living. The individual reflected against society, yadda yadda yawn yawn… only at the climax, the protagonist would be celebrating the arrival of 1986, whilst the rest of the world was welcoming in a year way into the future.
So yeah, I’d like to point out that the above wasn’t me; I’m so rock ‘n’ roll that I spent the New Year watching all of the BBC’s excellent adaptation of Great Expectations amid mainlining all that Courvoissier. And now with veins well and truly buggered, I should be back in a position to resume normal service hereabouts. This week featuring the next FuckedUpFestiveFifty, the climax of all that Morrissey stuff I’ve been rattling on about, and an exclusive interview with Mama Cass. Here’s The Glove:
The Glove / Like An Animal