Below The Velvet

by Jeremy Gloff

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I Am A Boy 02:41
You can have your varsity letter Some bitch with your name on her sweater You can have your run of your hall Your banquets for basketball Cause I am a boy Even if I choose to wear skirts You have no weapons against me Except some fist and some names that don’t hurt You can have your arms of steel Your inability to feel Go ahead smash my head into the wall Teacher’s kids get away with it all Cause I am a boy A boy I will remain Just there’s more to me Than how long my erections sustain I pledge allegiance to the flag Of the United States of America And to the republic… Where I cannot stand without being pushed down Lacerated by the homecoming crown Tired of feeling sick at the sound of your bell Tired of your little don’t ask don’t tell Cause I am a boy And I date the same My name is not faggot Mothers don’t give kids those names I am a boy
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Speedlover 04:58
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No Questions 04:23
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Unjustified 04:59
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Replaceable 04:00
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Bar Scenario 03:46
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Static 03:15
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about

By the time BELOW THE VELVET came out I'd established myself in Buffalo. I was basking in city life and active in gay subculture. I set out to write a topical album. Throughout BELOW THE VELVET I talk about AIDS, the degradation of working in the fast food industry, the chicken/hawk experience at the gay clubs, and a boyfriend who was struggling with the evils of herion. Musically, this album had that acoustic-punk thing going on. Being that I lived in Buffalo and was gay the male Ani DiFranco comparisons were inevitable. My favorite part of recording this album and was the opportunity utilize my friend's new sampler. Many of the drum tracks were sampled from my favorite 80s songs.

When asked in an interview to name a favorite moment from my career I thought back to BELOW THE VELVET'S release party. Buffalo's top drag queen hosted the event dressed as her best Annie-Lennox. A Buffalo rapper and I did a duet that brought the room to its feet. And I remember looking into my crowd and seeing cross-dressers, thugs, punks, lesbian couples, middle aged conservatives, hippies, ravers, strangers, and friends. My music brought these worlds together and it felt like a million bucks.

credits

released February 14, 1996

CREDITS:
Written, performed, produced, and arranged by Jeremy Gloff
Intro “Prelude To My Life” written by Anne Fearman and Another Dead Sharon
“Static” add’l lyrics by Anne Fearman
THE BAND:
Jeremy: Tamborine, vocals, guitar, keys, percussion
Aaron: Bass, lead guitar on “Replaceable”
Anne: Vocals on intro, “Speedlover”, and “You Could Never Love Me”
Other voices: The Joker, Sarah Santoro
Intro performed by A.D.S.
Production manager: Sadie Jay
Recorded and mixed by Josh at Mothball Eyes Studio

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Jeremy Gloff Tampa, Florida

Jeremy Gloff is an independent musician and writer residing in Tampa, Florida. Since his first album in 1993 Gloff has released 22 solo albums.

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