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The Glove

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The Glove was a 1983 musical collaboration and recording project by The Cure's Robert Smith and Siouxsie and the Banshees' Steven Severin.


Smith and Severin founded The Glove during a period when they were under heavy stress in their respective bands, The Cure and Siouxsie and the Banshees.

In June 1982 Robert Smith was on the verge of breakdown, drained from production of The Cure's bleakest album, 1982's Pornography, its tour, substance abuse and band infighting, that led to the departure of bassist Simon Gallup.

In October 1982, guitarist John McGeoch left Siouxsie and the Banshees due to illness, shortly before the start of an important European tour. Smith was asked to fill in and officially became a member of Siouxsie & the Banshees in November 1982. He had previously played live with the band in 1979 on their "Join Hands" tour when he replaced guitarist John McKay who walked out at the start of the tour. The Cure were the support band for the whole tour with Smith therefore playing two sets per night.

Two months later, in January 1983, Siouxsie and drummer Budgie left England to record an album on their own as The Creatures.

Meanwhile, Severin and Smith both started to work on a project called The Glove. The band's name refers to the enormous flying glove in The Beatles' 1968 animated movie Yellow Submarine, and the album's title Blue Sunshine refers to the horror film Blue Sunshine, in which people who took the fictional "Blue Sunshine" variety of LSD became psychotic murderers ten years later.

Since Smith was contractually prohibited from singing with another band (one of the reasons he cited for the 2001 split from The Cure's longtime label), former dancer Jeanette Landray (then-girlfriend of Severin's bandmate Budgie) was recruited as the lead singer. Smith sings on two of the songs, "Mr. Alphabet Says" and "Perfect Murder."

In 2005, Severin proposed re-releasing Blue Sunshine. (Smith is gradually re-releasing The Cure's back catalogue, remastered with unreleased tracks, studio outtakes, live versions and B-sides of each album's era.) Smith agreed and the remaster was released as a two-CD set on August 8, 2006 alongside three Cure re-releases. On the second disc, a dozen unreleased demo versions sung by Robert Smith appeared for the first time.


  • Robert Smith - Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Various
  • Steven Severin - Bass, Keyboards, Various[1]
  • Jeanette Landray - Vocals






The Glove. 2006 Rhino Records CD Re-Release booklet.

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