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Robert Smith, Jeanette Landray, and Steven Severin
|Associated acts||Siouxsie and the Banshees
|Past members||Robert Smith
In June 1982 Robert Smith was on the verge of a breakdown, drained from the production of The Cure's bleakest album, 1982's Pornography and 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 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 had walked out at the start of the tour. The Cure were the support band for the whole tour, and Smith therefore played two sets per night.
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. Their 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 10 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 Zoo 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
- Jeanette Landray - Vocals
- Andy Anderson - Drums
The Glove. 2006 Rhino Records CD Re-Release booklet.