Here is the other article in Julyâ€™s â€œClassic Rockâ€? magazine.
Get the funk out!
Glenn Hughes returns to his roots (quite literally) and rediscovers rock.
Thereâ€™s a song on DÃ©jÃ* vu, the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young album from 1970, with the lyric: â€œalmost cut my hair/It happened just the other day/Itâ€™s getting kinda longâ€¦â€?.
David Crosby wrote those words because he was cheesed off with being harassed by authority figures such as the police who didnâ€™t like hippies and their long, greasy barnets.
Crosby didnâ€™t cut his hair in the end, however, because he said he felt like â€œletting my freak flag flyâ€?. And who could argue with that? Instead he decided to wait for a while and let it fall out naturally.
Glenn Hughes, on the other hand, did cut his hair. And thatâ€™s when everything started to go pear-shaped. His career as well as his physique.
â€œWhen I cut my hair short I found myself wearing silk shirts, slacks and loafers â€“ you cant rock in clothes like that!â€? Hughes exclaims. â€œIâ€™ve got a video of myself singing Deep Purple songs wearing an Armani suit. It didnâ€™t look right.â€?
Hughes is growing his hair again now. Because heâ€™s worth itâ€™ His luxuriant dark locks â€“ pretty good for someone who turns 51 on august 21 â€“ are skimming his shoulders, and he feels like a new man.
Hughes hasnâ€™t been â€œthis grotesque, behemoth-looking fellow,â€? for a long while now, not since he got sober 11 years ago and â€œlost 75 pounds overnightâ€?. And also lost the sobriquet â€œGlenn Hugeâ€?.
The new, tousled-tresses tactic appears to be paying off for Hughes, the bass player and vocalist from Trapeze who first found serious fame as the replacement for Roger Glover on Deep Purpleâ€™s 1974 album, â€œBurnâ€?. Now Hughes is trying to recreate that 1970â€™s vibe with his latest offering, â€œSIKTORâ€?.
â€œI found out the longer my hair gets, I can scream better and throw more shapes, as they say,â€? he declares. â€œSo said to myself, if I was in Deep Purple today, what kind of songs would I write? For the new album, I got in old Marshalls, old Strats, I had that Hammond organ thing going on, I got acoustic-sounding drums, older synths like the ARPs Jon Lord hadâ€¦.â€?.
Hughes made a monumental effort to beat a 20-year addiction to alcohol and cocaine back in 1991. A year later, the British dance band the KLF asked him to do vocals on their single â€œAmerica: What time is love?â€?.
The KLF immediately christened him â€œthe Voice of Rockâ€? â€“ but Hughes says itâ€™s taken him â€œyears and yearsâ€? to come to terms with such an accolade. â€œI was in Deep Purple and I made a lot of successful records but I shunned it by trying to be rebellious and artisticâ€¦. By trying to be this horrible soul fanatic freak,â€? he complains. â€œBut then, wow! The light bulb finally came on. I love to play funk, I love to play all that soul stuff, but if I want to be on stage under the name Glenn Hughes, ex-Deep Purple member et ceteraâ€¦ Well, â€œI yam what I yamâ€? as Popeye would say.â€?
Tossing his head back and ruffling his black curls defiantly, Hughes proclaims: â€œItâ€™s taken me a long time, but Iâ€™ve finally realised that the Voice of Rock must rock. He must do his thingâ€?.
As you can see, the rag made no mention of the fact the album was reviewed elsewhere and got a 4 star rating. They reviewed 35 new albums, only 10 of which got that much and 2 of those were â€œVarious Artistsâ€?.
â€œCrazyâ€? Grace, you can email Jerry Ewing - the â€œreviewerâ€? of SIKTOR that I posted on Tuesday - at email@example.com
I have, but I donâ€™t expect to see it on the letters page.