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The Gun Club: Miami

Review by j. poet, Creem, February 1983

THE GUN CLUB plays for keeps. Their songs crackle like dry corpse skin turning to parchment under the caress of a rattlesnake belly. Jeffrey Lee ...

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The Gun Club's Jeffrey Lee Pierce and Jim Duckworth (1983)

Interview by John Tobler, Rock's Backpages audio, 18 April 1983

Jeffrey Lee Pierce talks about writing for Slash magazine; tells possible lies about his "Texas upbringing"; forming the band in Los Angeles; on people like Phast Phreddie Patterson, Alex Chilton, and the Panther Burns; running the Blondie fan club; Geoff Travis editing Duckworth off the Panther Burns album; why the band keeps changing personel; bass player Patricia Morrison, and on being produced by Chris Stein.

File format: mp3; total file size: 29.2mb, total interview length: 30' 22" sound quality: *****

Gun Club's Jeffrey Lee Pierce (1983)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages audio, 28 April 1983

The Gun Club head honcho talks about the revolving door band membership, the Death Party EP and more, accompanied by yawns, drumming of fingers and spinning coins on the table.

File format: mp3; file size: 23.2mb, interview length: 25' 19" sound quality: ***

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The Gun Club

Interview by Danny (Shredder) Weizmann, Flipside, 1981

THE GUN CLUB don’t give a shit. Born and bred under the scorching suns of Dallas, El Paso and (yuk yuk) Los Angeles, rifle in ...

The Gun Club: Miami (Animal Records)

Review by Mark Leviton, Music Connection, 6 January 1982

I LOVE AMERICA. It's a land with a heart as big as all outdoors, willing to clasp to its bosom all sorts of crazies — ...

The Gun Club: Fire Of Love (New Rose Records)

Review by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, 6 February 1982

FIRST THERE was The Flesheaters, carving Americana with a lurid libido and off-colour arcana. Now the same frame of mind and music has thrown up ...

Gun Fun: The Gun Club: Fire Of Love (Beggars Banquet)

Review by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, 19 June 1982

THE GUN CLUB are direct descendants of a ferociously-subversive rock 'n' roll tradition fired by the Velvet Underground and the Stooges, and most successfully embodied ...

The Jam, The Gun Club: Palladium, New York NY

Live Review by Karen Schlosberg, Trouser Press, September 1982

UNDER A WIDE banner that said "Trans-Global Unity Express," the Jam played an intense 80-minute set to a half-empty Palladium. Songwriter/guitarist Paul Weller, with his ...

Gun Club: Miami (Animal) *****

Review by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, 18 September 1982

IN A MUSICAL world that is forever being bedevilled and picked at by the bland spirits of so called 'new pop', the emergence of a ...

The Gun Club: The Venue, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, The Guardian, 7 October 1982

WHILE THE new guard of British pop cultivate sophistication, artifice and detachment, the American avant garde continue to celebrate the more basic virtues of rawness ...

The Gun Club: The Venue, London

Live Review by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, 16 October 1982

IF YOU'VE ever heard Charley Patton's 'Mississippi Boll Weavil Blues' then you'll be aware of the kind of high lonesome wail that blows through the ...

Gun Club: Calling On Thunder

Interview by Edwin Pouncey, Sounds, 23 October 1982

IN THE beginning Jeffrey Lee Pierce was born in Texas and raised in Los Angeles. ...

For Hire: The Gun Club

Interview by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, 7 May 1983

Last year Jeffery Lee Pierce was a chronic depressive and a shithead full of venom. But since then he's sorted out his personal life, and ...

Eleganza: Daughters Of Darkness

Column by John Mendelsohn, Creem, November 1983

NATURE ABHORS a vacuum, but Eleganza adores someone who dares to dress with panache, elan, and all the other French nouns that mean pizzazz. You might not ...

Gun Club: Guns For Hire

Interview by Lindsay Hutton, Sounds, 17 December 1983

IT'S ALMOST three years to the day since I encountered the Gun Club. After the Cramps' 1980 Lyceum Show, Lux Interior introduced me to the ...

The Gun Club

Interview by Blake Gumprecht, Alternative America, Winter 1983

JEFFREY LEE PIERCE is the Gun Club. He writes the music, sings, plays guitar, does the talking, and since the band's rise from nowhere with ...

The Gun Club: The Birth, The Death, The Ghost (ABC)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 25 February 1984

BLOOD, BOOZE, and Host: midway through a mess of ‘Preachin’ The Blues’ on this sub-bootleg memento of pre-Fire Of Love Gun Club, Jeffrey Lee Pierce, ...

Gun Club: Idiot Savants In a Cruel and Unusual World

Interview by Danny (Shredder) Weizmann, L.A. Weekly, 10 August 1984

You know... IDIOT SAVANTS. Those people who can’t complete a simple sentence or add two and two but effortlessly create anatomically PERFECT works of art. ...

The Gun Club: I Left My Hat In San Francisco

Interview by Richard Kick, ZigZag, September 1984


The Gun Club: Hoochie Coochie Club, Edinburgh

Live Review by Lindsay Hutton, Sounds, 3 November 1984

PRACTICALLY A FULL year after coming down hard on the Batcave quotient at the Lyceum, the Gun Club finally rolled into Scotland to prove that ...

Trigger Happy: Jeffrey Lee Pierce Goes Solo

Profile and Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, March 1985

AND SO the Gun Club was finally laid to rest. That majestic, thrashing animal with its tail in the blues, foot in the garage and ...

The Gun Club Loads Up

Interview by Jon Young, Creem, April 1985

NEW YORK — Singer-guitarist Jeffrey Lee Pierce can't stop playing a part, but he does admit that he's one satisfied ghoul these days: "My problem ...

The Gun Club: Mother Juno (Red Rhino REDLP 84/CD) *****

Review by Robin Gibson, Sounds, 24 October 1987


The Gun Club: Harlesden Mean Fiddler, London

Live Review by Robin Gibson, Sounds, 9 January 1988


The Gun Club: Battlezone Casualty

Interview by Robin Gibson, Sounds, 5 March 1988

Rifles reloaded THE GUN CLUB are back in the battlefield. Singer JEFFREY LEE PIERCE nurses his war wounds and talks tactics with a shellshocked ROBIN ...

Reloaded Gun Club Takes Aim Again

Interview by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 3 April 1988

SITTING AT the coffee table at his mother's West Hollywood apartment, Jeffrey Lee Pierce keeps jumping up to change records. Sly & the Family Stone's ...

Gun Club: You Can't Go Home Again

Interview by Phast Phreddie Patterson, L.A. Weekly, 7 April 1988

STRANGERS IN their own land, expatriates Jeffrey Lee Pierce and Kid Congo Powers — of that wondrous raucous-and-rhythm ensemble, the Gun Club — were recently ...

After erratic career, Gun Club's Pierce dies

Report by Jim Sullivan, The Boston Globe, 5 April 1996

JEFFREY LEE PIERCE, leader of the band the Gun Club, died Sunday after surgery to treat a blood clot in his brain. He was 37. ...

Jeffrey Lee Pierce 1958-1996

Obituary by Mark Kemp, Rolling Stone, 16 May 1996

AS THE guitarist and singer for the Gun Club, Jeffrey Lee Pierce unleashed the primal passion of the blues onto Los Angeles' thriving early '80s ...

Gun Club: Members Only

Retrospective and Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, January 2005

AAHHRRROOOOUUUUU!!! All heads in a Chapel Hill, N.C. club jerk stageward as the frontman for L.A.'s latest punk export summons up an ear-splitting howl. Part ...

The Ballad Of Jeffrey Lee Pierce

Retrospective by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, March 2005

He coulda been a contender. Instead, the Gun Club's avatar of prescient, blues-blasted voodoo rock destroyed himself in a shower of drugs and booze. Sylvie ...

The Gun Club: Mother Juno

Review by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, December 2005

THE PASSING OF Jeffrey Lee Pierce in 1996 after a brain haemorrhage robbed the music world of a true original. A wildman psychobilly blues howler ...

Kid Congo Powers

Profile and Interview by Ted Drozdowski, The Boston Phoenix, 14 September 2006

THE LATE 1970s were a time of ignition. Punk rock set a fuse that burned through every aspect of the arts, and the lives of ...

Kid Congo Powers: From Gun Play To Monkey Business

Interview by Julian Marszalek, The Quietus, 17 December 2009

KID CONGO Powers is a talkative man. Almost every song that he plays tonight at the rammed 100 Club with his new band, the Pink ...

Remembering Jeffrey, Not Jeffrey Lee Pierce

Sleeve notes by Don Snowden, Six Stream Sermon (Bang Records) , 2010

NOW, THE FIRST THING you should understand is that I never knew Jeffrey Lee Pierce. But I did know that same person as Jeffrey for ...

"You Can't Escape Your Influences" Mark Lanegan's Favourite Albums

Interview by Julian Marszalek, The Quietus, 26 January 2012

In one of our best Baker's Dozens yet, Mark Lanegan talks Julian Marszalek through the most-played discs in his collection. ...

Locals Only: The Flesh Eaters and The Gun Club

Retrospective by Don Snowden, Rock's Backpages, July 2014

NO ONE ON the L.A. scene in 1981 got enough of the version of the Flesh Eaters featured on A Minute to Pray, A Second ...

see also Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds


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