By Metal Dave Glessner

When Kim and I drove to the hospital to welcome our son into the world three years ago, the soundtrack to our journey was Jesse Malin’s “Glitter in the Gutter.” As Jesse sings in that album’s opening track, it was indeed a “beautiful day.”

As a fan of Jesse’s since his earlier days as the sneering glam-punk singer for New York’s DGeneration, I’ve always looked forward to his albums and concerts. Catching up with him again recently as a reformed singer/songwriter at SXSW 2011 was more special than usual, however, as I was able to share the story of how “Glitter in the Gutter” will forever hold a special place in the hearts of my family. He was obviously touched by the tale.

Rather than simply having him autograph “Glitter in the Gutter,” I asked Jesse to personalize it to our son. He happily obliged and thanks to Jesse, “Dash” got his first rock-star autograph at SXSW 2011. One day, he’ll appreciate the story behind the signature. His Mommy and Daddy already do.

Thanks, Jesse, for another beautiful day!
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Thanks also to guitarist Todd Youth and bassist Johnny Martin for the great conversation and company. Check out their other band The Chelsea Smiles here.

For the latest Jesse Malin music videos, click here.

  1. Very cool story. Todd Youth was around? I saw the first show he did with Motorhead some years back when Campbell took a brief hiatus after the passing of his mum. Todd did a great job filling in.

    • metal dave says:

      Yes, Todd is in Jesse’s band. Great guy with an amazing resume. He told me he’s also played with Cheap Trick and Glen Campbell besides Motorhead, Danzig, Chelsea Smiles, Murphy’s Law, Michael Monroe, etc., etc.

  2. patidle says:

    Ahh Jesse Malin, I fell in love with a girl right around the time i bought the first record and by the time Glitter in the Gutter came out I fell out of love.. Thanks Jesse Malin.

    • metal dave says:

      Ha.. thanks for posting Pat. There’s some cool footage of jesse with Billie Joe from Green Day doing a Bad Brains tune. Saw it on facebook, but prolly on youtube also