The Gun Club
Fire of Love


5.0
classic

Review

by jinxlennon USER (1 Reviews)
November 29th, 2006 | 16 replies


Release Date: 1981 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Punk rock discovering truth in the blues of the likes of Charlie Patton and Robert Johnson The mighty howl of Jeffrey Lee Pierce still scorches and sounds every bit contemporary in the late 00's.The Gun Club's classic 81 album was manna for the likes o

PERSONNEL

Jeffrey Lee Pierce,vocals,slide guitar
Ward Dotson guitar,slide guitar
Rob Ritter,bass
Terry Graham,drums

Fire of love is the sound of punk rock rediscovering its roots,its a solid slice of rock and
roll the way its meant to be played .Jeffrey Lee Pierce the Blondie fan club man way way back sounds like the blues are coating his epidermis like napalm for the forty odd minutes of this record. Like X from the same era Gun Club were a mighty burst of electricity in the era of Journey and REO Speedwagon .

SEX BEAT is Almost Ramones like in its manner until the atonal Tom Verlaine-ish whine of Pierce cuts in ,the lyrics are like the hot clammy swamps that the songs seem to be set in."they're stupid like i told ya,they're stupid like a saw,they're stupid like the simple thought of ever thinkin at all".

PREACHING THE BLUES Robert Johnson number which the band make all their own.At this stage you can see the formula that the band are using minimal but effective stuff like the slide guitars that coat the songs like teflon jackets.There is a definate similarity in sound between this album and the Fall's "Dragnet"tour de force lyrics that are full of images that hook you into the stories and characters lots of E chord mantra tunes.

PROMISE ME Reminds me of "Mr Rain "by the Velvets cos of the one chord violin,there's a great sound like someone shaking their car keys every few beats .Slow moody a bit like Elvis spending purgatory in "heartbreak Hotel "or Jack Nicholson wandering round the ballroom in" The Shining".

SHE'S LIKE HEROIN TO ME"She's like heroin to me,She cannot miss a vein"This hellfire number must have started a thousand "cowpunk"bands so popular in the mid eighties and it resonates even more when you know that Pierce had been spending his own time with this one particular dragon.

FOR THE LOVE OF IVY "I'm gonna find me a graveyard of my own ,and kill everyone thats ever done me wrong" was definately borrowed from an ancient blues number.This song is like being tied up on a chair and Pierce walking round with a knife moving back and forth towards you cutting bits off your ear when you least expect it.There's a bit of very un PC-like lyric in the song which may make you wince ,yet i feel that Pierce is only speaking in the voice of a deep south racist mindset character that you would find in a William Faulkner novel.

FIRE SPIRIT The cover off this album makes you think of restless spirits and voodoo dolls and this song is like a passage in Stephen King's "Pet Cemetary" going up the mountain to do unholy deeds after dark .Black Francis was definately taking notes.

GHOST ON THE HIGHWAY.Definately a hint of "Mystery Train"the Elvis version but this
locomotive is definately unhinged, Alan Vega's "Jukebox Baby"released the same time also shares that reverby rockabilly spirit.

JACK ON FIRE The centrepiece of the album this is a psychodrama that takes place in the mardi gras in New Orleans,very cinematic,a murder story about a southern psychopath maybe like Max in Cape Fear.Very Fall -like bass line but that crazy slide guitar keeps things in check.Great build up very early Doors-ish feel in Pierce's voice .

BLACK TRAIN Great drums in this one ,great bluesy howling by Pierce ,the ghost of another Sun Studios rocker echos up from hades.

COOL DRINK OF WATER Another cover Tommy Johnson this time goes on maybe a bit too long ,nice slide guitar though

GOODBYE JOHNNY Very Alan Vega the way Pierce sings the word "Johnny "more images of doomed rockers the lyrics make me think of Jimmy Dean in "Rebel",this is more of a bookend and not as good as the earlier numbers but its still a great sound and Pierce's voice and the slide guitar keeps the momentum steady.


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AlienEater
January 17th 2007


716 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I didn't know this album was reviewed

fauxtrot
October 5th 2007


3 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

If the entire world ignited on fire, this would be the only punk album that would light like a torch and then extinguish itself to perfect condition. One of the best.

TBrown87
April 2nd 2008


52 Comments


Wierd review. Have to check this stuff out.

Tits McGee
June 10th 2010


1876 Comments


such a fucking awesome album

xfearbefore
November 19th 2010


1246 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is a sweet review. This album needs more attention, it's absolutely brilliant. Psychobilly punk blues has NEVER been done better.

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salival13
June 19th 2011


264 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Fucking yes. More please.

BigHans
December 30th 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Porch do you like this?

BigHans
December 30th 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ive heard pieces of this gonna jam it today

porch
December 30th 2011


8460 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah haven't listened to them in ages but this is good, only record of theirs that i liked

BigHans
December 30th 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This rules hard

Azazzel
June 11th 2012


139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think a lot of users would love this if they only knew about it.
So good.

YankeeDudel
August 3rd 2012


9313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Another classic album. Prob the best psychobilly.

This site is fuckin horrible with anything before 1995 that isnt on VH1 or some shit.

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Cygnatti
January 1st 2013


21895 Comments


sweet album

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Propose
January 19th 2013


821 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good punk

jefflebowski
October 13th 2013


8257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

incredible album

Pheromone
July 29th 2014


3788 Comments


Best artwork ever

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