Tuesday, 7 April 2015

REWIND: Portishead - 'Glory Box'

Because I review the charts from 1995 every week, I've been posting a lot of 'Rewind' entries that charted 20 years ago. This one made the Top 40 in January 1995 and is taken from Portishead's debut album 'Dummy', which was released the previous year in 1994. The song samples "Ike's Rap II" by Isaac Hayes, as does Tricky's 'Hell Is Around The Corner',another song from a Bristol-based act released the same year. Apparently, the main repeating melody of the song is sampled from the theme tune to 1960s TV series The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. As soon as I've finished wrting this article, I'm going to be comparing the two pieces of music...

Geoff Barrow has recently hinted at plans for the band's long awaited follow-up to 2008's 'Third', which itself followed on from 1997's self-titled release. Speaking to Rolling Stone, Barrow said: "I am calibrating my brain to Portishead mode and got some ideas of what I want to do there — at long last." Adrian Utley revealed last year that "We're clearing our schedules so we can get on with it, otherwise it will be another 10 years," he commented, referencing how busy individual members are with other projects. Utley added that he had recently discussed plans for a new LP with Barrow. "We were both really enthusiastic, and enthusiasm counts for a lot in Portishead world," he said. 


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