I first bought this album in '85 or '86 having read something in NME about Jeffrey Lee Pierce and his self-destructive ways. I made the purchase at the local record shop in Bishop Auckland, Brothertons Music, at the time an old fashioned place that also sold sheet music. David, the shop assistant always wore a suit and the other assistant, Ruby, was good friends with my grandmother. Strange that this dusty place should have held so many weird and wonderful records and played such a crucial part in my musical education. I would regularly spend my paper round money in there and around the same time I bought Captain Beefheart's Safe as Milk on cassette and Fresh by Sly and the Family Stone.
In the mid '90s when I moved South, many of my records were sold and this was one of those that went, but its also long been one of the records that I regretted selling so I was very pleased to find it again recently, and you'll be pleased too as I'm now able to share it here.
The Gun Club were a seminal '80s blues-punk band who, despite a number of line-up changes, managed to channel the spirits of all the dead outlaw rock 'n' rollers through their primal rockabilly howl. This is a stunning live recording of a band at the height of their powers. This line-up sees The Cramps' Kid Congo Powers taking most of the lead guitar and Patricia Morrison (later of the Sisters of Mercy) on bass duty. The performances are electric from start to finish.
Here's some live footage from 1984:
01 Eternally Is Here 02 Bad America 03 Stranger In Town 04 Gila Monster, New Mexico / Preaching Blues 05 Sleeping In Blood City 06 Goodbye Johnny 07 Give Up The Sun