The Gun Club “Fire of Love”

At one time I might have put this on the list of my favorite albums of all time. I got this record in my store when it came out (1981) in an order from Slash Records. It was awhile before we listened to it, and when we did we were all blown away by it. It was a kind of intense, psycho blues that sounded somewhat traditional, but totally new.

The lyrics are pretty extraordinary, and there are too many good lines to paraphrase here to do it all justice. The only bad song is– you guessed it– the train song.  They had to go and do the half-hearted, obligatory train song. But there are so many good songs on this record– there’s like three records worth of killer songs: “Sex Beat,” “For the Love of Ivy,” “She’s Like Heroin to Me,” ” Jack on Fire,” “Fire Spirit,” and even more.

I saw them play in Tucson in early 1982, and they were pretty intense. It was worth the trip to Tucson. This guy Jeffrey Lee Pierce was my hero for awhile.


4 Responses to “The Gun Club “Fire of Love””

  1. July 3, 2007 at 10:35 pm

    this record totally is still on the list of my favorite albums of all time – in fact their first 3 albums all were really great and still sound timelessly great. I even bought at least one of them at your store, but not this one (though I think I knew a girl who did buy this one from there..) I even like the train song! I think I also saw them in 1982, but it was at JB’s Down in Kent. I taped the show too, but that tape was cursed. First, only about the last 10 minutes of the show made it onto the tape, and then later, the tape was stolen out of my car when I was working at Kinko’s. I still vividly remember the dhow though, and yes, they were very intense. DId you travel to Tucson just to see them play? Or was that part of Keith Stewart’s trip to get a 66 Mustang?

  2. July 4, 2007 at 10:29 am

    I went to Tucson with Keith Stewart to buy a Mustang, which he did, and then I was going to live there, and my girlfriend was going to move out there with me. I could’t find a job, though, and the place I was living was really depressing and bug infested. I decided to move back to Ohio, but I had to stay a couple of days so I could see the Gun Club show. I had no money and no food, and so I left right after the show and drove back straight through.

  3. August 24, 2007 at 8:00 am

    Still on my list of all time faves, and not just because I got to pla it on an AM radio station in Normal Illinois, but that’s probably part of it. God rest JLP.

  4. August 24, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    As I was driving through Ohio in the night, with radio stations fading in and out, suddenly your voice came through as clearly as if you were in the back seat. I guess it was carried through the upper atmosphere somehow, because it was much too far away for reception. (this when when you were on the radio in Oxford.) (Ohio.) And later, in time, not 1982, but 1989.

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