Rob Glaser is the stage name of one Robert Glaser, born in Chicago in1952.
At the age of 13 he took up the guitar and without even learning how to
tune it, wrote his first song. Fortunately, he quickly outgrew this experimental
period, and most of his subsequent work was written with at least partially
After listlessly passing through high school, writing endless songs about
being a horny teenager (too bad he outgrew that phase, as it probably would
have been better for his career if he'd stuck to it), he decided to skip that
silly college stuff and go straight to New York City to make his fortune as a
folk/rock artist. Realizing that his birth name, Robert Glaser, was much too
ordinary and forgettable for the flashy world of pop/rock music, he decided to
boldly take on the stage name Rob Glaser, and the rest, sad to say, is
Showing more integrity than brains,
Rob decided to listen to the beat of his
own drummer, and write music for thoughtful, intelligent people. Having thus
alienated 98% of his potential audience, Rob found acceptance hard to come
by. Probably being an arrogant young prick didn't help either. But the pattern
for a career had been forged, and Rob would stick to it through the ebb and ebb
of his fortunes as the years went by.
Sometimes playing solo, sometimes forming short-lived bands with forgettable
names that often never even played a single gig, Rob lived the American Dream
of the early 70's in New York City, taking lots of recreational drugs (for experimental
purposes only), and not really caring a whole lot that his career was basically
When financial pressures and weariness with NYC summers drove him back to
the city of his birth in the late 70's, Rob went from being a small fish in a big pond to
being a tiny fish in a slightly smaller big pond. But he just kept writing and recording
anyway, seemingly oblivious to the fact that no one cared in the least. At least he
wasn't an arrogant young prick anymore. He had grown to be a sensitive, caring,
slightly older prick, and along with this increased maturity came songs of deeper
themes and a whole lot of words. During this era, Rob used to say, "Never say in 3
minutes what you can drag out to 7 minutes", and the results, along with the phenomenal,
yet indiscernible, success that followed showed the wisdom of this approach.
As he entered middle age, Rob continued to hone his skills, stopped using quite
so many words, and managed to get a decent home recording studio together so he
could at least amuse himself with higher quality sound, suitable to someday grace an
obscure website. He also began collecting rejection letters from record companies,
producers, and just random people on the street, and to this day has a truly amazing
collection of reasons why people thought his music could never be commercially
successful or just plain hated it. On the other hand, and there is some controversy
about this, he did finally stop being such a prick.
A couple of other forgettable bands were formed in this era, and gigs were
played to sparse and sparser audiences. But Rob was too dense to be discouraged,
so he kept at it, now mostly closeted in his home studio, like some deranged shell of
a human being, writing long songs, short songs, poppy songs, art rock songs, even an
instrumental suite (just because he wasn't such a
prick anymore didn't mean he couldn't
still be pretentious), anything that came into his fevered little head.
On this site, the only songs recorded by an "official" band are from Rob's last band
project irRationAl VelvEt. This group played around Chicago in the mid-90's, and the
fact that it was his most successful project and yet no one has ever heard of it was the
crown of Rob's career. But it was fun, sometimes, and some good music came out of
the collaboration, so what the heck?
Nowadays Rob is back in the home studio, continuing his life of artistic futility, and
yet, and yet, once in awhile someone connects with this music, and now through the
magic of the internet, Rob hopes yet to be an Occult Figure, or is that Cult Figure? Will it
happen? Well, for someone who has the courage to ignore all the good advice he's ever
gotten, anything is possible. Keep coming back for new songs each month, and decide
for yourself whether this is a talented and wrongly overlooked writer/performer or
someone who had exactly the career he deserved.