“Don’t Take Us For Fools”
Sweden. If you’re a fan of The Dirty Glove, you are a fan of Sweden. Lidstrom was from Sweden. And Nik Lidstrom was the god damn Man. Graveyard is also some Sweden and coincidentally awesome, like Lidstrom.
To label this song as a political song is to not do it justice. This is an anti-establishment song. It is a song of resounding freedom. And that freedom lies in the “fuck you!” belted out on guitar. And that is something everyone can relate to on some level. Independent thinkers break limits. We push boundaries. But we listen. We observe. We try to comprehend. Blind-leading-blind society is not one of sustainability.
We love this song because it bodies all that we support. It embodies the desire to create a more independent and universal Glove.
Austin Born Blues
“I’ve Got a Feeling”
Let it Be (1970), but performed here live on the rooftop of the Apple Corp. building (not the Steve Jobs Apple)
Let it Be is one of the most perfectly put together albums in music history. And the fact that The Beatles played this on a rooftop, prior to the album release, makes the whole performance even more spectacular. A song that is saturated in raw emotion, you can’t help but feel better after you listen to it. The dynamics and differences between Paul and John can also be found in the lyrics (Lennon’s verse containing far less optimism).
If you don’t got a feeling, you will after listening to this song.
A Night at the Opera (1975)
You’ve all sang it. Or at least tried to. The fact of the matter is, no one is going to match the vocals of Freddie Mercury on this one. Not much needs to be said on this one. Just a great jam to sing to when you are on vacation and have very little inhibitions.
Live at Massey Hall (1971)
Neil Young’s Live at Massey Hall is near the summit of what a live folk experience could be. He gives a solo, instrumental, and vocal ensemble that is both tremendous and subtle. He is able to take the ageless lyrics and adapted it into his own version, without the harmony.
And he did it just how we at The Glove like it. Stripped down, real, and dirty.
“See My Jumper Hanging on the Line”
Alan Lomax Archives (1978)
RL Burnside was folk. He was soul. He is blues.
And Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long did the world a huge favor by filming this in 1978. Keep in mind this was shot over 30 years ago, and the man looked old then. RL Burnside claims to have gone to prison in his early years. He said he never killed a man, but he shot a man in the head once and that him dying was between him and the Lord.
Whatever the case, we aren’t going to try to put Mr. Burnside on any type of societal pedastal. We just want to listen to the music.
“Same Boy You’ve Always Known”
The White Stripes
White Blood Cells (2001)
It was winter, 2001, and I was sitting in a 1987 Toyota Corolla in a K-Mart parking lot (yes, K-Mart) in Brighton, Michigan. While waiting for my father to come out of the store, I turned on 89x, and it became clear that not only was meaningful rock still alive and well, its pistons were pumping straight out of the Motor City.
Simple, raw, and chock-full of emotion, White Blood Cells highlights and epitomizes the garage-blues roots of The White Stripes rise to fame, and Jack White’s establishment as rock royalty. “Same Boy You’ve Always Known” is the best example, in our opinion, of capturing the tone of this phenomenal album. With it’s mixture of violent beats and subtle lyrics, we are reminded that despite the different paths that the members of The White Stripes have gone, the Cass Tech High alum is still most certainly the same boy we always knew.
“My Soul’s in Louisiana”
White African (2001)
If you like eerie, acoustic, and soul-wrenching blues, Otis Taylor is your man. “My Soul’s in Louisiana” opens the album which won “Best Artist Debut” for at the 2001 Blues Music Awards with a ghostly story of a misplaced soul. Though not complex in either sound or structure, this song and album reverberate with the duality that it’s title would suggest. A true gem among more contemporary blues-seekers.
“Just Got Back From Baby’s”
ZZ Top’s First Album (1971)
Before the beards, before the synthesized sell-out, and before the 80s yet again claimed another great and pure blues-fused sound, there was a band called ZZ Top. That band had an album. And it was really fucking good. “Just Got Back From Baby’s,” as well as the rest of this fine album, vibes to tracks reminiscent of many of the greats that preceded them. Similar to our views on Journey without Steve Perry, The Glove is a fan of the pre-beard, pre-Reagan ZZ Top. Beards are great, but blues is better.
Most people know the “Don’t Stop Believing” band for their frontman Steve Perry.
Fuck Steve Perry.
Before Steve Perry, before 80’s glam rock songs were turned into mullet-whippin’ anthems in various tiki-bars across the Mid-Atlantic, and before Ronald Reagan sucked the last drop of marrow remaining from the bones of artistic possibility with his War on Drugs, there was a Perry-less Journey.
And that Journey rocked. Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie were the captains of a psychedelic jazz space ship that was lost in 1977.
From their self-titled debut album (check out that album cover!),
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