TRUE STORIES (1993)

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(released December 1993)
(reissued as tracks 1-10 on the CD  Jeremy Gloff – THE FIRST TWO ALBUMS)

TRACKLIST:
You Could Never Love Me (lyrics)
I Sleep Alone (lyrics)
Song About Katie (lyrics)
I Wish You Were My Child (lyrics)
The Latch On The Door (lyrics)
Child (lyrics)
Over and Over Everyday (lyrics)
True Stories (lyrics)
Hollow Elation (lyrics)
Winter (lyrics)

THE STORY:
TRUE STORIES was my very first album, recorded on 4-track in the bedroom of the house I grew up in. I remember at the time being so very proud of this album. It was such a thrill to go down to the copy store, photocopy the cassette covers, (CDS weren’t really available to the underground for a few years yet…) and to buy those cheap-ass cassette tapes and high speed duplicate for hours on end. I had yet to come to terms with my sexuality, but in the lyrics to these songs I sent out the first hint to my friends that something queer was going on in Jeremy-villle. The big moment came at the end of the album, when I say “I wish he was here again.” My friends were shocked when they heard this, and I did a quick cover-up job, saying it was only meant for a friend. Yea right, the friend in question was this guy I was totally in love with. Many of the themes I explored in my music over the following decade first make their appearance here: unrequited love from straight boys, guilt over being sexually active, and my tendency to obsess over unhealthy, destructive people. Looking back on it all I have written some of the most beautiful songs about people who treated me in a very ugly way. Sonically, I will admit that this album is somewhat of a tough listen. My vocals were very raw, and all I had for instrumentation was a cheap keyboard and drum machine. I think “I Wish You Were My Child” is a pretty obvious Madonna tribute, but lyrically and aesthetically I was very much inspired by Sinead O’Connor. I took the genuine, contemporary, naked emotion of Sinead’s music as a challenege-I strove to write songs as soul-bearing and personal as hers. At the time, I couldn’t believe I was actually releasing some of the stuff I was writing about. But this was only the starting point – throughout the next decade I would always try to expose and unearth what I was truly thinking and feeling via my song lyrics.

CREDITS:
All music and lyrics written, produced, arranged, and performed by Jeremy Gloff
Copyright 1993 Riotboy Music ASCAP
Front Cover Photo: Melanie Smith
Shaved Head Photo: Kristen Spinks
Cover Design: JG