Review Revue: Glass Eye ‒ Hello Young Lovers

Over the past few years there have been a rash of reunions from much-loved bands of the 80s and early 90s, but it hasn’t just been confined to the big names like The Pixies, Slint, Polvo, and so on; smaller bands with no national recognition, but with reputations and scores of nostalgic fans in their own towns, have gotten in on the act as well. Austin band Glass Eye — whom I had not heard of before pulling their album off the shelf – reunited a few years ago to play some shows in their hometown in celebration of the release of a long-lost album called Every Woman’s Fantasy. Looks like they haven’t done much since 2006, but I’m sure this reunion and album release was a thrill for their fans. (I know I could come up with a pretty long list of 80s and 90s Boston bands you’ve never heard of that I would love to see reunite for a show or two.)

I’m listening to Hello Young Lovers for the first time right now*, and digging it. There are at least two singers — a man and a woman — with very different styles and approaches both to songwriting and singing, resulting in a diverse sound that I imagine rewards repeated listens. (If I said “Was (Not Was) meets Throwing Muses,” would that turn you off? OK, then forget I said that.) Looks like most of the KCMU posse were big fans; maybe some of them made it to Austin for the reunion?

* Pro tip: for many of these posts, especially the more obscure ones, if you do a web search for “band name” and “album title” in quotes, you will most likely find a blog that has posted the album for free download. Given that most of these albums are literally impossible to find physical copies of, I don’t see an ethical problem with that.

“KCMU welcomes Glass Eye to the Central Tavern: March 3rd 1990.”

“The odd and delightful sounds of Glass Eye return to KCMU.”

“Hard not to like these guys. Let’s keep ‘em in H for a while.”

“This band has one of the most creative approaches to rock ‘n’ roll. They’re back to the original line-up – not that you could find any real difference in sound between any of them. The same, complex drumming and bass work. Beattie’s and McCarty’s songwriting + singing still contrasts like mad so you can find a great variety. [I swear I wrote my part before I read this!] ‘Charhead’ is great, but there’s not a weak track to be found. Have fun.”

“Lyrics can still be quite creepy (‘The Penguin’); overall, jazzier than before. More horns (& piano).”

“Never cared too much for ‘em + still don’t.”

“Too bad!”

“I will buy any of these people a beer anytime, anywhere!”

“‘Charhead’ utmost in rockin’ — Glass Eye Style.”

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One Comment

  1. Damon Creed
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    Tremendous find! Glass Eye an absolute stone cold staple of the KCMU days. You will not go wrong with Glass Eye. Great folks, always friendly when they dropped by the station for pre-gig visits. Killer version of “Minnie The Moocher” from their album 1986 “Huge.” Put a bug in Mr. Richards’ ear next time he has a hankering for an ’80s oriented morning show like today. Put on some Glass Eye!!

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