The Late Legend JEFFREY LEE PIERCE And The GUN CLUB Released Masterpiece ‘MIAMI’ 40 Years Ago Today

Back In Time

20 September 2022

Infamous Los Angeles psych-rockers led by
troubled mastermind Jeffrey Lee Pierce
who passed away in 1996 (only 37).

Active: 1979-1996 / 5 studio LPs

Anniversary LP: MIAMI – their 2nd one
Released: 20 September 1982 – 40 years ago today

AllMusic/Thom Jurek said: “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. The band 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.” Score: 4.5/5.

Did you know that

That the LP was produced by Blondie‘s Chris Stein.
That Debbie Harry did some backing vocals under
the pseudonym D.H. Laurence Jr.
That bassist Rob Ritter wasn’t on the cover
as he just left the band.

Stream MIAMI on Spotify

THE GUN CLUB: Bio – Discography


Remarkable longplayers from the past

‘The Las Vegas Story’

Released: 15 June 1984
Third album

ALL MUSIC wrote: “Late frontman /guitarist Jeffrey Lee Pierce was writing feverish rock & roll songs that took their inspiration from Southern blues and West Texas country music all framed by an angular, jagged post-punk energy. The screaming rawness at the heart of the band’s debut, Fire of Love, had been replaced by a dry, moaning lonesome, percussion heavy desert sound, space and echo float through the mix like a ghost through Pierce’s slide guitar playing. Bass drum and tom-toms fuel the attack with a basic, primitive nocturnal energy. Topics ranged from personal disintegration in “Walkin’ with the Beast,” and the country-blues-drenched “Eternally Is Here,” and the shambolic, two-step country confusion of “My Dreams” that quotes directly from Television’s “Marquee Moon” to the disappearance of the nation in “Bad America”‘s edgy guitar wrangle. There are a couple of covers on the set tossed right in the center of the album: “The Master Plan,” a spooky, brooding, rock read of Pharoah Sanders’ and Leon Thomas’ “The Creator Has a Master Plan,” and a slovenly, funereal version of “My Man’s Gone Now,” by George and Ira Gershwin from Porgy and Bess. The Las Vegas Story is a provocative record that reveals the Gun Club was pulled in many directions at once, and though the tension is in evidence on every track, it nonetheless holds together. After ‘Fire of Love’, ‘The Las Vegas
Story’ is their most satisfying album and is, perhaps, the band’s most visionary offering.”

TURN UP THE VOLUME‘s favorite track: My Dreams

Album in full (original track list: #1 – #10)…

THE GUN CLUB: Facebook – Discography

The late, great Jeffrey Lee Pierce