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Album Review

Pam Barry, whose many activities include co-editing Chickfactor magazine and singing in the bands Black Tambourine and Belmondo, is the vocalist for the charming pop trio Glo-Worm. Glimmer collects the band's various 7" singles and compilation contributions, including a cover of "Friday I'm in Love" from a Cure tribute album. Glo-Worm's light, strummy bubblegum is comparable to Courtney Love (the band, not the person), or — going back even farther in the pop tradition — Patience & Prudence, the whispery sister duo of the '50s. That this appealing, accessible, and very traditional pop music was considered alternative says something about the marketing of music in the '90s. In any case, Glimmer is a pleasant and breezy must-have for devotees of twee pop.

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

Glo-Worm began in the winter of 1993 as a two-piece ensemble with Terry on guitar and Pam on vocals. With Dan rounding out the lineup on drums, the Washington, D.C. trio soon embarked on a lo-fi indie pop collaboration and barely left its practice space. Two EPs were released in 1994, but the following year saw the abrupt halt of the Worms after they opened for the Magnetic Fields and the Legendary Jim Ruiz Group. After issuing the goodbye...
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