Search Results for:

THE GUN CLUB

The Gun Club

Fire Of Love - 2022 Reissue

    Reissue of the legendary and unbeatable first Gun Club LP, originally released on Ruby Records in 1981.

    Jeffrey Lee Pierce - reggae enthusiast, heroin addict, and former president of the Blondie fan club - suffered a lonely, depressing death on March 31st, 1996 of a brain hemorrhage, after untold years of drug use and alcoholism. Why this event mattered much to anyone lay in a fantastic record by his band. The Gun Club recorded 16 years earlier, the masterful "Fire Of Love". A visionary and fierce moment in time when The Gun Club took the raw, dripping meat of shopworn delta blues and infused it with the energy and fire of the LA punk rock scene.

    Inspired by bands like X, Television, the Cramps, he met Kid Congo Powers (who will later play with Nick Cave and Cramps) and they formed the Creeping Ritual in 1979, soon to be renamed The Gun Club. Pierce was already a notorious drunk, exhibitionist, poet and fanboy. The Gun Club were quickly a dangerous new spoke on the spinning wheel of dynamic LA alt-culture. By 1980, Jeffrey Lee had moved into a deep reverence for Mississippi delta blues. The Gun Club paid more than passing homage: they wholeheartedly swiped complete riffs, words and attitude from the masters. Pierce participated in the great blues singer tradition by cobbling together distinct lines from other people's songs to create new ones. Snatches of Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Robert Johnson can be heard throughout this debut LP –released in 1981 on Slash’s Ruby Records.

    What makes "Fire Of Love" such a brilliant listen long after its time is that this blatant homage to the blues was amplified, energized and kicked into overdrive - in a new style that combined the ghostliness of the original model with a FAST, unwound and supremely energetic beat. The engineering feats of Pat Burnette contributed to that sound: he wielded his Quad-Teck studios like a weapon, and mastered some of the greatest sides in LA music history (such as Germs’ “GI”). Pure fullness of sound and the raw hot throb of records that were made to stand the test of time.

    From the immensely dark and aggressive sexuality of "Sex Beat", Gun Club's most recognizable number, to the fetishistic salute to fellow traveler Poison Ivy of The Cramps in “For The Love Of Ivy”, including the hellfire classic “She’s Like Heroin To Me”, a 2:33 masterpiece in which everything comes together; “Fire Of Love” is pure perfection. They would never reach this level again. No one would, either. "Fire of Love " stands among the greatest classics of Rock history, and shows the genius of the great Jeffrey, whose haunted singing has never been replaced. It proved out to be one of
    the most influential records of the 80’s, with countless musicians declaring their love for the Club. Can’t be recomended enough, this album is a real classic that has been criminally underrated. The beginning of a legend. Let's give the devil his due for this one, and ask him to take real good care of Jeffrey.


    The Gun Club

    The Las Vegas Story - Super Deluxe Edition

      Blixa Sounds release a deluxe edition of The Las Vegas Story, the classic 1984 album by punk rock legends The Gun Club - This Deluxe Edition includes a second LP of the unearthed 1984 concert at Scorgie's in Rochester, NY, and a download link to previously unreleased footage – 1984 Home Movie: The Gun Club On The Road.

      The Las Vegas Story has been digitally remastered and comes in beautiful gatefold packaging. The Deluxe Editionof this classic 1984 album features extensive liner notes written by Gun Club members Terry Graham, Kid Congo Powers, and Patricia Morrison, as well as guest musicians Dave Alvin, Phast Phreddie Patterson, and producer Jeff Eyrich. The LP includes gatefold packaging and printed sleeves that feature rare Gun Club photography. This classic line-up only stayed together for this one album, featuring original drummer Terry Graham, as well as guitar from Kid Congo Powers (The Cramps, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds) and bassist Patricia Morrison (Sisters Of Mercy). This is considered by many to be the most iconic Gun Club line-up and was only together for this one album and tour!

      TRACK LISTING

      The Las Vegas Story
      Walkin With The Beast
      Eternally Is Here / The
      Stranger In Our Town
      My Dreams
      The Master Plan
      My Man's Gone Now
      Bad America
      Moonlight Motel
      Give Up The Sun
      Secret Fires
      Brother And Sister
      Walkin' With The Beast
      Eternally Is Here
      The Stranger In Our Town
      Moonlight Motel 
      Like Calling Up Thunder
      Sleeping In Blood City
      Goodbye Johnny
      The House On Highland Avenue
      Give Up The Sun

      Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

      The Screaming Gun Demos

        This stand alone companion album to the deluxe self-titled album reissue collects demo versions from the 1999 Screaming Gun sessions which have never before seen release. The tracks "Sulk", "Soul Searching" and "Motor Bass" have never been released period. The other tracks are different versions of the tracks from the Self Titled album and from the original Screaming Gun, which also have never been released. These tracks are mastered for this release, sourced from the original DAT masters, and curated by BRMC.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Wasting Away (Demo)
        2. Weight Of The World (Midrats Mix)
        3. Soul Searching (Demo)
        4. Wasting Reprise (Demo)
        5. Screaming Gun
        6. Fail Safe (9 9' Mix)
        7. Sulk (Demo)
        8. Too Real (Acoustic Demo)
        9. Motor Bass (Demo)

        The Gun Club

        Live At The Hacienda '83 (RSD22 EDITION)

          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2022 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

          This recording has NEVER been released on vinyl. Led by the charismatic late/great frontman Jeffrey Lee Pierce... The Gun Club are hailed as the initiators of the "US wave of cow-punk". Live At The Hacienda '84 has only been released on DVD and NEVER on CD or vinyl. This cult US band "trod the boards" at Manchester's Hacienda in 1984. Their 13-song set captured for posterity was not released on DVD untill 1994 and now being released on vinyl for the first time in 2022 as a Record Store Day limited edition exclsuive. This deluxe package will include an OBI strip, double album jacket, printed inner sleeves, record labels and a "Quatdro" Red & White Splatter vinyl. Limited QUADRO RED & WHITE SPLATTER Vinyl

          The Gun Club

          Preaching The Blues

            Limited deluxe 7 x 7” singles box set featuring the phenomenal original run of singles with two bonus singles exclusive to this set. All housed inside a lift-off lid box with a booklet featuring an essay by Clinton Heylin, reminisces from Thurston Moore, Henry Rollins, Mark Lanegan, X and Dan Stuart, rare photographs and flyers, new exclusive issue of the ‘Fire of Love’ fanzine, Ruby Records postcard and a ‘Gun’ button badge. Limited availability.

            If ever there was a band seemingly determined to come from nowhere and go straight back there, it was The Gun Club. Jeffrey Lee Pierce’s search and destroy combo was spawned by the L.A. punk scene in 1979. Two years later their first LP, the incendiary Fire Of Love, was spewed out by Slash Records, a matter of months after the punk zine Pierce wrote for, and the label named itself after, breathed its last. Fire Of Love was one of the 80s’ genuinely shape-shifting US debuts, igniting post-punk depth and minting genres including blues, psychobilly and Americana.

            Jeffrey Lee Pierce was an extraordinary character. Learning to play guitar at the age of 10, he quickly immersed himself firstly in reggae and later the Delta Blues, particularly works by Tommy Johnson & Robert Johnson. By 1976, he had become obsessed with Blondie, going on to become President of the West Coast Blondie Fan Club. It was Jeffrey Lee Pierce who suggested to the band they cover ‘Hanging On The Telephone’. The Blondie connection would later resurface in 1982 when Chris Stein signed and produced The Gun Club for his Animal Records label. In 1996 after releasing seven studio albums, 37 year old Jeffrey Lee Pierce sadly passed away following a stroke. What he left behind is a legacy of work that has had a prolific effect on some of the most distinguished rock acts of the past 20+ years, these include Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Sonic Youth, The White Stripes, Mark Lanegan, Primal Scream and The Black Keys.


            6 x 7” singles reprinted with original artwork

            Additional ‘Miami Demos’ 7” exclusive to this box set

            All singles remastered especially for these vinyl editions

            Booklet featuring never-before-seen photographs, flyers and rare ephemera.

            In-depth liner notes from acclaimed author Clinton Heylin, as well as exclusive reminisces and words from Thurston Moore, Henry Rollins, John Doe & DJ Bonebrake of X, Dan Stewart of Green On Red plus more

            Exclusive-to-this-box issue of ‘Fire Of Love’ Fanzine by Mike Mastrangelo

            Rare Ruby Records Promotional Postcard

            Bonus Gun Club ‘Gun’ Badge

            All housed in a lift-off lid box with stunning never-before-seen Jeffrey Lee Pierce cover photo

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Ghost On The Highway (1982) - Ghost On The Highway/Sex Beat
            2. Fire Of Love 1982 – Fire Of Love/Walking With The Beast
            3. Miami Demos (1982) – Carry Home/Brother And Sister
            4. Death Party EP (1983) – The House On Highland Ave./ The Lie/Death Party
            5. The Great Divide (1990) – The Great Divide/Crabdance
            6. Pastoral Hide And Seek (1990) - Pastoral Hide And Seek/Black Hole/Emily’s Changed (Live In Paris, 91)
            7. Cry To Me (1993) – Cry To Me/Give Up The Sun

            The Gun Club

            Miami - Special Edition

              This Special Edition not only features a remastered version of the original classic album, but also includes a 2nd disc featuring the Miami demos.

              This classic 1982 album has been digitally re-mastered and comes in beautiful gatefold packaging with extensive liner notes and archival photos and other collectable images.

              The Gun Club recorded a few albums after Miami, but this one with the original band is the one that is considered their masterpiece!

              TRACK LISTING

              Album Tracklisting
              LP 1:

              Carry Home
              Like Calling Up Thunder
              Brother And Sister
              Run Through the Jungle
              Devil In The Woods
              Texas Serenade
              Watermelon Man
              Bad Indian
              John Hardy
              Fire Of Love
              Sleeping In Blood City
              Mother Of Earth

              LP 2:
              Carry Home (Demo)
              Like Calling Up Thunder (Demo)
              Brother And Sister (Demo)
              Run Through The Jungle (Demo)
              Devil In The Woods (Demo)
              Texas Serenade (Demo)
              Watermelon Man (Demo)
              Bad Indian (Demo)
              John Hardy (Demo)
              Fire Of Love (Demo)
              Sleeping In Blood City (Demo)
              Mother Of Earth (Demo)

              CD Tracklisting
              CD 1:

              Carry Home / Like Calling Up Thunder
              Brother And Sister
              Run Through the Jungle
              Devil In The Woods
              Texas Serenade
              Watermelon Man
              Bad Indian
              John Hardy
              Fire Of Love
              Sleeping In Blood City
              Mother Of Earth

              CD2:
              Carry Home (Demo)
              Like Calling Up Thunder (Demo)
              Brother And Sister (Demo)
              Run Through The Jungle (Demo)
              Devil In The Woods (Demo)
              Texas Serenade (Demo)
              Watermelon Man (Demo)
              Bad Indian (Demo)
              John Hardy (Demo)
              Fire Of Love (Demo)
              Sleeping In Blood City (Demo)
              Mother Of Earth (Demo)
              Walkin’ With The Beast (Demo
              Prune Dicks From Mars (Demo)
              Vampires (Demo) / Journey To Zatar (Demo)
              Blue Hair (Demo)
              Pig Boys (Demo)

              The Gun Club

              Lucky Jim

                This is the very last album Jeffrey Lee Pierce recorded in 1994 and probably the darkest record he ever recorded. The most telling track on the album is A House Is Not a Home, an electric scorcher with Pierce telling his, and his band's, life story; by the end they were a band without a country, dismissed in America and met with indifference everywhere else except in the Netherlands.

                TRACK LISTING

                1. Lucky Jim
                2. A House Is Not A Home
                3. Cry To Me
                4. Kamata Hollywood City
                5. Ride
                6. Idiot Waltz
                7. Up Above The World
                8. Day Turn To Night
                9. Blue Monsoons
                10. Desire
                11. Anger Blues


                Latest Pre-Sales

                198 NEW ITEMS

                PRESALE: @dinkededition Archive 09 @CateLeBon 'Cyrk & Cyrk I' • 'Cyrk' & 'Cyrk II' both on white vinyl. • A4 hand… https://t.co/T0gO051E0r
                Fri 30th - 11:00
                Brand new banners up today from @YYYs @denzelcurry and @OFFofficial all of these albums are out today.… https://t.co/5pAHqdwEk5
                Fri 30th - 10:55
                The date was wrong on the further info page - the correct date is Friday FEB 3RD. Apologies for the mistake! https://t.co/PRF8ONmOXs
                Fri 30th - 9:36
                New music Friday has swung around again 🙌 plenty of great albums, compilations and reissues out today. Come and see… https://t.co/2SYZzzDKsk
                Fri 30th - 9:01
                E-newsletter —
                Sign up
                Back to top