THE GUN CLUB – Splendid Mixed Emotions Comeback Album ‘MOTHER JUNO’ Came Out 30 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history…

16 October 2017

Band: Californian gripping blues rockers THE GUN CLUB led by the great,
late (only 37) JEFFREY LEE PIERCE (27 June 1958 – Salt Lake City, 31 March 1996)
Album: MOTHER JUNO – first album after the band split three years before, in 1984…
Released: 17 October 1987 – 30 years ago..
All Music wrote: ” ‘The Gun Club’ collapsed within a year of the release of 1984’s ‘The Las Vegas Story’, so more than a few fans were surprised in 1987 when Jeffrey Lee Pierce and Kid Congo Powers returned with a new version of the band. Even more startling was that the group’s comeback album, ‘Mother Juno’, was produced by Cocteau Twins’ Robin Guthrie, who would hardly have seemed a likely choice to channel the Gun Club’s fiery blues-punk assault onto vinyl. But against the odds, ‘Mother Juno’ turned out to be one of the band’s best albums; the hard rock overtones of ‘The Las Vegas Story’ were replaced by a more direct, streamlined sound that suggested ‘Miami’ without the twangy undertow. entering into new musical territory, as evidenced by the slow, slinky R&B of “Yellow Eyes,” the atmospheric carnival-pop of “The Breaking Hands,” and the contemplative “Port of Souls.” And as a vocalist, Pierce’s trademark just-off-pitch style had gained no small amount of nuance in the six years since ‘Fire of Love’, and whether he’s shouting the blues or crooning sadly, Pierce shows he’d moved into a whole new class as a singer. Sadly, ‘Mother Juno’ didn’t earn a United States release until the 1990s, which is a shame, it not only made clear that ‘The Gun Club’ were still alive and kicking, it showed they had lost none of their old power as they cleared out some new territory…
My impression: an impressive, wholehearted album remarkable for its varied, emotional impact – from fired up blues electricity to gloomy heart & soul ballads – and Jeffrey Lee Pierce‘s committed intensity and tortured songwriting qualities that proved clearly that
his musical journey was far from over…

Here’s MOTHER JUNO in full…

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THE GUN CLUB: Facebook – Biography – Discography


JLP photographed by Chris Stein (Blondie) in 1981

One comment

  1. hotfox63 · October 16

    An amazing crash between punk rock, blues, country and pure rock’n’roll.

    Liked by 1 person

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