Le DISQUE DU LUNDI: The Gun Club — Fire of Love (Ruby Records, 1981)

February 10th, 2014 · No Comments · By

Given the richness of the music since the last few weeks (months?), let’s return again to the past: If the English of the ‘British Boom’ 60’s were inspired by electrified blues in the southern US and Chicago, 80’s PUNK had no choice but to take its own blues inspiration from something harder and more primal. The most successful of these inspirations is called Fire of Love (most beautiful album title ever with ‘Satellite of Love’ as the most beautiful of song titles…) The Gun Club married Punk with Delta Blues and gave birth to songs that were gritty, rugged, humid, alcohol-drenched and where there was pain, pain and more pain.

Jeffrey Lee Pierce, being the preacher of this gospel, sold his soul even more to the devil when he brought in Kid Congo (Cramps) to accompany his incantations. Their’s is the kind of sound that we long to discover in (let’s face it) today’s relative musical desert. And if anyone’s interested in this particular recommendation, I’d also suggest you check out Thee Milkshakes, The Prisoners, The Vibes, The Cramps, Thee Mighty Caesars and The Meteors.

Ed. Note: Melody Supreme, located at 115 4th St. SE off the Downtown Mall, is Charlottesville’s best record store. The owner Gwen Berthy has impeccable taste and a curatorial hunger matched by few. One of my favorite parts of the store is Gwen’s handwritten notes on records. Le DISQUE DU LUNDI is Gwen’s online version of those recommendation gems–posted on Nailgun and available for purchase at Melody Supreme.

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