Label
Cooking Vinyl
Release date
26 Oct 2009
Running length
24 tracks
Running time
89:58

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Carry Home 3:11 18,402
2 Like Calling Up Thunder 2:26 15,397
3 Brother and Sister 2:57 14,125
4 Run Through the Jungle 6:50 13,866
5 A Devil in the Woods 3:05 9,915
6 Texas Serenade 4:41 12,388
7 Watermelon Man 4:06 13,337
8 Bad Indian 2:35 13,924
9 John Hardy 3:24 11,734
10 The Fire of Love 2:08 9,510
11 Sleeping in Blood City 3:28 11,697
12 Mother of Earth 3:24 20,231
1 Ghost on the Highway (Live Continental Club NY 1982) 2:49 90
2 Walkin' With the Beast (Live Continental Club NY 1982) 4:19 81
3 I Hear Your Heart Singing (Live Continental Club NY 1982) 3:06 79
4 Devil in the Woods (Live Continental Club NY 1982) 2:59 77
5 Goodbye Johnny (Live Continental Club NY 1982) 3:43 63
6 For the Love of Ivy (Live Continental Club NY 1982) 7:20 64
7 Bad Indian (Live Continental Club NY 1982) 2:42 68
8 Strange Fruit (Live Continental Club NY 1982) 4:55 59
9 Carry Home (Live Continental Club NY 1982) 3:12 61
10 Preachin' the Blues (Live Continental Club NY 1982) 5:22 68
11 Sexbeat (Live Continental Club NY 1982) 2:46 71
12 Jack on Fire (Live Continental Club NY 1982) 4:30 66

About this album

The sophomore record by the Gun Club bore the curse of having to follow a monolith of their own making. Fire of Love sold extremely well for an independent; it was a favorite of virtually every critic who heard it in 1981. Miami showcased a different lineup as well. Ward Dotson replaced Congo Powers (temporarily, at least) on guitar, and there were a ton of guest performances, including Debbie Harry and Chris Stein. Stein produced the album. Off the bat the disc suffers from a thin mix. Going for a rougher sound, Stein left the instruments at one level and boosted Pierce’s vocal. There is plenty of guitar here, screaming and moping like a drunken orphan from the Texas flatlands, but next to its predecessor it sounds drier and reedier. Ultimately it hardly matters. Going for a higher, more desolate sound, frontman and slide player Jeffrey Lee Pierce and his band were literally on fire. The songs here, from “Carry Me,” “Like Calling Up Thunder,” “Devil in the Woods,” “Watermelon Man,” “Bad Indian,” and “Texas Serenade,” among others, centered themselves on a mutant form of country music that met the post-punk ethos in the desert, fought and bloodied each other, and decided to stay together. This is hardcore snake-charming music (as in water moccasins not cobras), evil, smoky, brash, and libidinally uttered. Their spooky version of an already creepy tune by Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Run Through the Jungle” runs the gamut from sexual nightmare to voodoo ritual gone awry.

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  • white_lemur

    Second the best album of The Gun Club. I love it!

    12 May 2014 Reply
  • jeemajamajimma

    Strangely, soothing album.

    15 Apr 2013 Reply
  • EndsWithTheSea

    holy mother of christ of mother I should listen to this album more often

    28 Nov 2011 Reply
  • SillyRabbit24

    carry home to run through the jungle is one my favourite runs on an album ever... fucking great stuff.

    1 Jun 2011 Reply
  • mattmacneil

    absolutely fucking incredible album

    29 Mar 2011 Reply
  • an_outlaw

    good album

    10 May 2010 Reply
  • ashrafoe

    me too zoobird. When I first listened, I was disappointed. But after listening, over time, this one is way more interesting. I have on the blue vinyl re-issue from about 5 yrs ago.

    25 Apr 2010 Reply
  • zoobird

    for some reason i dig this album even more than Fire of Love.

    29 Mar 2010 Reply
  • albinoskarsson

    all time favourite

    12 Jan 2009 Reply
  • safe-as-milk

    dont care what u say about the mix, this is their strongest set of songs

    1 Dec 2007 Reply

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