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Jeffrey Lee Pierce

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Jeffrey Lee Pierce (June 27, 1958 - March 31, 1996) was one of the founding members of the 1980s punk band The Gun Club, along with Kid Congo Powers (of Kid Congo Powers and the Pink Monkey Birds, who later joined The Cramps. Pierce died in 1996.

In the 1980s Pierce and his band released a number of albums, of which the first one can be regarded as a lasting achievement and one of the best punk albums of the early 1980s: “Fire of Love” contained several songs that won critical acclaim, above all “Sex Beat” and “She’s Like Heroin To Me”. The next two albums “Miami” and “The Las Vegas Story” are both highly original, the music being a unique mixture of punk, country elements and blues.

In the early stages of his career, Pierce was supported by Debbie Harry of Blondie, who was convinced of his potential as musician and artist. He originally met Harry as well as Chris Stein through his position as the president of Blondie’s US fan club. The group also paid tribute to him in their song “Under The Gun” from the 1999 album No Exit.

Jeffrey Lee Pierce is honored by the Swedish rock star Thåström in a song from 2005. The World/Inferno Friendship Society also payed tribute to Jeffrey Lee in their song by the same title.

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