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.