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Glueleg – Heroic Doses

Guelph’s Glueleg dropped this (their second and most successful) record in 1995 and it took over the stereos of a lot of folks I knew. The big songs were the title track, Come With Me, and Mister Pink. 

For those who didn’t indulge in this band like we did back in the day, what did they sound like? Grunge, rap-rock, metal, Primus, and all with a horn section. Yes! I always cheer for the horns. 

Get yourself some Heroic Doses and crank it the hell up. Playing this now in 2018 was still freakin’ great, I loved it all over again.



Cool Story: We went to a 3-day festival (in the summer of 1996) called Edenfest, and Glueleg played the first day! I remember enjoying them quite a bit. We probably heard quite a few of these tracks at that show, as this would have been the most current album. Cool beans.

Glueleg – Clodhopper

I Wanna Taranna Pt. 13: BMV #13 (3-For-$10 #5) Glueleg – Clodhopper

1994’s Heroic Doses was the album I knew better, But songs from 1997’s Clodhopper were probably what they were touring when we saw them play at Edenfest. So, this band as a live act? Kick ass. And how does Clodhopper sound?

Totally 90s, of course, and in all the best ways. Heavy, progressive, sometimes bluesy, rap-rock, more often grunge-y hard rock, but always visceral and right there in your face. Think Jane’s Addiction, Alice In Chains, rage against the machine and Soundgarden (and maybe Helmet sometimes, with some Ministry-like electronics occasionally) having a love child and naming it Glueleg… BUT WITH A HORN SECTION. Have I ever told you about how I love horn sections? Haha of course I have. That Glueleg has a horn section on some tracks pleases me to no end. It takes what could have been typical for the era and makes it a whole new ball game. 

There were two singles off this one, album lead-off track Pistons, and buried at track 9 was Dragonfly. I remember them both and they only begin to sum up the band’s sound. Really, you have to hear the whole thing to get a sense of how far (and ably) they ranged across this sound they created.

I don’t think Glueleg ever achieved the notoriety and success that they obviously should have, and that’s a damn shame. They were really on to something.

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