338. Glide – “Shrink Wrapped Real Thing”

And thus we return to the third and sadly final instalment in the Glide series.

I say ‘sadly final’, as the major creative force behind the band, William Arthus passed away in 1999.

He left behind an impressive legacy, and this album is the best of the lot. It is the most confident (it’s borderline sassy!!) set, with the indie Britpop jangle sound.

This is the album you’d get if you crossed Oasis, James and the Jesus and Mary Chain, and then toned down the pretension.

Have a listen to Thin-faced Man and tell me a Gallagher wouldn’t have nailed this on Top of The Pops:

Interestingly this album is mainly a patching together of the tracks from EPs (including the one above) that predate the band’s first album, plus four newies. I don’t have the CD cover at hand, so I can’t discern if (a) they were re-recorded, or (b) which are the newbies. It certainly seems the band hit their stride early.

I remain astounded that this material didn’t lead the band to fame and fortune, and that I didn’t find myself shaking and shimmying to some of these tracks at the Lizard Lounge back in the day.

File under: Gift worthy

3 responses to “338. Glide – “Shrink Wrapped Real Thing”

  1. Dearest Sir,

    You made me sad as I read your Glide reviews as I too am a huge fan and think this is some of the finest Australian music going down which doesn’t tire with repeated listens. I even carry Shrink Wrapped album with me as I travel the world. You reminded me that I went to a William Arthur tribute gig at the Evelyn one night with no lesser person than Sean Fleming. Tribute gigs aren’t as good as having the real thing. Thin faced man is a cracker and I sing it even above all the prayer going on around me. Yay to you for having your collection

  2. Your prayers have been answered:

    Fri 13 Aug: East Brunswick Club: GLIDE with TOBY MARTIN ($18+bf)

    The heyday for Sydney based Glide saw the band connect with a generation of music lovers in the 1990s – who loved the band in large part for the gifted song writing, guitar playing and singing of front man William Arthur. His untimely passing in 1999 left behind a musical legacy that will be acknowledged with the iTunes release of Glide’s entire back catalogue on July 30th 2010. Throughout the lifetime of Glide, William Arthur was the creative leader behind the band renowned for his incisive and challenging lyrics, and a wall of harmony guitar sound. Acknowledged at the time as one of Australia’s most accomplished and original songwriters, his talent and influence has long been held dear to a devoted group of music fans. The lack of availability of the band’s full catalogue for the past ten years has long kept his light hidden under a bushel but now with the re-release of the full Glide catalogue, there is finally chance for a wider audience to appreciate exactly how immense William Arthur’s song writing talents were. For the first time since the late 90s, Glide will perform two very special shows in Melbourne and Sydney. In celebration of twenty years since the band’s formation, the original line up comprising Jason Kingshott on drums, Marc Lynch on bass, and Tim Scott on guitar will play on stage together with Andy Kelly on second guitar and will be joined on vocals by Youth Group’s Toby Martin, a long time fan and devotee of the work of William Arthur. The shows will take in Arthur’s classic songs from all eras of the band’s life and it is their hope is that these shows and reissues will reignite a new appreciation and understanding of the breathtaking song writing talent of one of Australia’s most under-rated musicians, William Arthur.


  3. The four new tracks recorded for ‘Shrink Wrapped Real Thing’ are the first four stunners. The rest of the record is culled from EPs predating their debut album, ‘Open Up and Croon’, (one of the best releases of the ’90s by far). for more information please visit: http://www.glidetheband.com
    R.I.P. William Arthur

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