Sunday, February 10, 2008

490. The Gun Club - Fire Of Love (1981)

Track Listing

1. Sex Beat
2. Preaching the Blues
3. Promise Me
4. She's Like Heroin to Me
5. For the Love of Ivy
6. Fire Spirit
7. Ghost on the Highway
8. Jack on Fire
9. Black Train
10. Cool Drink of Water Blues
11. Goodbye Johnny


If you like the Cramps you'll love this, if you didn't like The Cramps this is much, much better. The rockabilly sound is much more developed here to include some interesting elements form country and frankly the songs are musch more distinct from each other.

The Gun Club makes some really great music which is pretty much unlike anything on the list until now and I imagine after this. It is not however, strange, its just different. Also make sure that you give this album enough time to sink down into your mind, it needs many repeated listenings. I am really liking it now, but the first 3 or 4 times left me kind of cold.

Suddenly, however the music clicks somewhere in your brain and you know that you got there and you really like The Gun Club. Do listen to it.

Track Highlights

1. She's Like Heroin To Me
2. Jack On Fire
3. For The Love Of Ivy
4. Sex Beat

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

The Gun Club was formed by Jeffrey Lee Pierce, former head of the Blondie fan club in Los Angeles, who sang lead and played guitar, Brian Tristan, who later renamed himself Kid Congo Powers, lead guitar, Don Snowden (who was at the time a music critic for the Los Angeles Times) played bass; and Brad Dunning who was on drums. The core members of the original group (Pierce, Tristan/Powers and Dunning) had parted ways with Pleasant Gehman who was the lead singer for their short lived rockabilly band The Cyclones to form the band. The group was initially called The Creeping Ritual before settling on "The Gun Club", a name suggested by Circle Jerks singer Keith Morris.

Jack on Fire, also check out the Blanche version of this:

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