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Fire of Love

12 Oct. 2010 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 12 Oct. 2010
  • Release Date: 12 Oct. 2010
  • Label: Last call records
  • Copyright: (c) Slash Records
  • Total Length: 39:58
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  • ASIN: B001N9W7TE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,836 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By HE Duns on 16 Jan. 2011
Format: Audio CD
When I first stumbled across The Gun Club's music about six years ago - whilst randomly browsing music on Myspace, of all places - I couldn't believe that I hadn't heard of them before. I immediately ordered their entire back catalgoue and spent the next few weeks listening on repeat. Fire Of Love, the group's 1981 debut and the subject of this review, is the standout album for me; the fact that it doesn't make regular appearances in those now-ubiquitous 'Best Albums EVER' lists is a travesty.

The Los Angeles four piece were led by Jeffrey Lee Pierce, who tragically died in 1996 after years of battling drug addiction, alcoholism and HIV. I'm not one for hero worshipping self-destructive stars - I detest the cult of celebrity mediocrities such as Pete Doherty - but in Pierce's case, his personal problems are poignantly relevant when discussing his musical output.

The Gun Club are sometimes described as proto psychobillies; in reality their sound has more in common with punk and blues than rockabilly, but ultimately genre tags can't accurately describe their music. Simply put, Fire Of Love has a sound of its own that no band has quite touched upon before or since - I intend that as a big compliment, especially in a world that is now chock full of derivative, overly familiar sounding records. The Gun Club clearly draw inspiration from the blues tradition, but never fall into the trap of being overly reverential to the point pastiche - unlike The Rolling Stones and countless other white blues revivalists. The swampy, stripped-down roots elements are augmented by a primitive punk fury redolent of early-period Stooges at their best.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 17 July 2001
Format: Audio CD
'Fire of Love' is a criminally overlooked album. It was the first great record by Blondie fan club president, the late Jeffrey Lee Pierce and whoever was in his backing band at the time (often the great Kid Congo Powers).
'Sex Beat' sets out the theme of this LP- the sexual fires, the passions- close to American mytholigers, William Faulkner-Flannery O'Connor-Carson McCullers-Cormac McCarthy...A heady brew of Robert Johnson delta blues (he did sell his soul to the devil!) and Post-Punk; 'Preaching the Blues' is the EXACT meeting point of this fusion.
The songs are as catchy as Blondie- 'She is like Heroin to Me' & 'Ghost on the Highway'prime examples. 'For the Love of Ivy', written with Kid Congo (then in 'Psychedelic Jungle'-era Cramps)has an awesome thrashing centre- the primal blues found in acts like Screaming Trees, Lift to Experience and 16 Horsepower...The imagery is fantastic- from the stop-start of 'Fire Spirit' (covered by 16 Horsepower) and the faithful rendition of 'Cool Drink of Water'. 'Jack on Fire' reminds me of The Fall for some reason- perhaps the twisted rockabilly of the similarly titled 'Fiery Jack'...'Goodbye Johnny' concludes one of the best releases of the Eighties- this would become a live classic (along with 'Sexbeat')and showcases the cutting guitars with Pierce's melancholic whine...This record would stand well next to the first Grant Lee Buffalo album, 'Fables of the reconstruction of the fables' by REM and 'Songs the Lord Taught Us' by The Cramps...Bands such as Buffalo Tom, Primal Scream & Spiritualized/Spacemen 3 would find this an influence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Sept. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Another body blow to those who decry the talent of the 80's. This just burst out of nowhere, a burning bright ball of flame searing across the nightsky landing with a loud dull thud. Sizzling and scorching this meteorite cracked open the 80's dried barren musical dustbowl. All around this sound vegetation turned to a cinder, emerging from the inner core were creatures from the black swamp gator lagoon making noise to connect to mankind with simple patterns learnt listening to old blues records.

Musical simple detuned A slid up and down the fret with maniacal energy. Slowly the blast emitted from Mr. Fender had the tightness of a python in its last clasp grasp on its victims collapsing lung. Soon it appeared these creatures were mining the very substrata of their souls to bring this to the surface. A howl of sensuality and depravity conjuring up the mystique of primitive sexual rites as the viewer slides by motels, freeways, neon lights and celestial agnostic dreams. Wayward Faulknerian southern life becomes magical backdrops in these rites of passage.

This group of stalwarts captured a mixture of all that is best in America, the sense of endless freedom across a large decluttered landscape but JLP knows how the west was won. The blood of the indigenous ghosts cry out with the howl of hades haunting the recording.

In between the grooves the bed wobbles creaks and groans as JLP releases his pent up sexual fury. His form of release was the devil's favorite, the blues, the anithesis of the goody two shoes Wesleyan hymn.

Morning has broken and Robert Johnsons' blues whirls around his head. As he rises dreams of banging the rhythm to sex beat with visions of Ivy as he declaims the tiger in his hips.

JLP's blues travels directly to the original spirit.
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