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Fire of Love Original recording reissued, Import

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  • Audio CD (16 Jan. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Import
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00004YLBI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 361,548 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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'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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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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The greatest rock and roll album ever made. With the standard makeup of vocals, guitar, bass, and drums, The Gun Club stripped away the fluffy production of the 70s that had infected even LA Punk bands and reached through the fog of corn whisky to the very swamp culture of depravity that inspired rock and roll in the first place. This is the album Panther Burns and Alex Chilton hoped to record, but never approached, and only the Cramps ever become a worthy satellite of. This is the Elvis we all always knew was underneath the jumpsuit when he said his backup singers "smell like catfish." Let us hold in abeyance the current faux-worship of Jeffrey Lee Pierce that has become a pedestrian given for dead rock figures. On the internet he has been elevated to the Jim Morison Throne of insightful poet. He never was, and I could care less, for the raw animal sensuality that the simple lyrics, beat, and illustrations Fire of Love offers are the only poetics one needs. Here is the invitation to the Bacchanal, with both Ivy and wine present, a mystery religion whose rites are held in the dark, we are lured there by the sounds of the lyre and drums of animal skin, but it all ends in a primal scream, and is as inevitable and as welcome as our own death.
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Yes, the greatest rock 'n' roll album ever made. A black train ride through the soil in which rock grew, the dreamlike and nightmarish landscapes of the North American south. Jeffrey Lee Pierce, The Gun Club's prime mover, saw first what no one has ever expressed better: Robert Johnson and Hank Williams, Strange Fruit and the KKK, firebrand Christianity and a demonology of voodoo, will-o'-the-wisps and folk devils - all this belonged together, filtered through the poetic sensibility of Faulkner and the stripped down attack of Bo Diddley, shot through with mysticism and sexual violence. Sung, spoken and screeched in Pierce's unmannered middle-American voice, it transcended pastiche like none of the cartoon possessed who trod this furrow after Pierce ploughed it. The feral animi of blues and country had always contained the germ of this ferocious punk apotheosis, and punk, in finding the venomous undercurrent in its prehistory, discovered the source of its own power.

And yes, it's worth buying for the lyrics alone.
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