This Don Snowden take on the new Flesh Eaters & Gun Club reissues is actually worth registering on “Rock’s Back Pages” for. The man was there, and has a good perspective on both bands – particularly the latter.
Excellent lineup on August 28th in San Francisco, courtesy of TheSavageBeat. This would have been about 1982, right? Red Cross, not Redd Kross; Mutants were still around.
Here’s a new edition of the Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio Show Podcast, our eighth, recorded at home on a Saturday afternoon while the rest of the world was doing more important things. Download it, stream it, do whatever the hell you want with it – but do listen to it, as you’ll hear an hour of righteous sounds from some pretty gnarly artists, including The Scientists, Grass Widow, Big Blood, the Gun Club, The Door and The Window, Look Blue Go Purple, Sally Skull, the Black Jaspers, Clothilde, the Flesh Eaters and As Mercenarias.
Playlist for the show:
THE SCIENTISTS – There’s a Monster in Me
SALLY SKULL – Raven
ABE FROMAN – Russian 101
BLACK JASPERS – Smart Car
HEAVY TIMES – Ice Age
A-FRAMES – Neutron Bomb
LOOK BLUE GO PURPLE – Safety in Crosswords
BURNT ONES – Protection Circle
CLOTHILDE – Je T’ai Voulu et Je T’ai Bien Eu
GRASS WIDOW – Advice
THE HOMOSEXUALS – Technique Street
THE DOOR AND THE WINDOW – Dads
FLESH EATERS – Dynamite Hemorrhage
THE GUN CLUB – Devil in the Woods
GOLDEN STARLET – Baby
THE NIXE – You Say
AS MERCENARIAS – Policia
THE MASTER’S APPRENTICES – Undecided
THE BIRDS – You’re on my Mind
THE BREAKERS – Jet Stream
THE GORLS – TV’s On
THE MONTELLS – You Can’t Make Me
BIG BLOOD – Sovereignty You Bitch
Stunning, echo-laden, slide guitar-murder, low-fidelity version of “Devil in the Woods” by THE GUN CLUB from the Keats Rides a Harley multi-artist compilation from 1981, the same year as “Fire of Love”. A lesser version of this track came out on the Gun Club’s (lesser) second album a year later.
I always thought the 1983 “Death Party” EP from THE GUN CLUB was pretty much their last gasp, and I don’t believe I’d get too many dissenters. In fact, I think it’s the best thing they did outside of their genius first album, as both the “Miami” and “The Las Vegas Story” LPs were fatally flawed.
Take a listen to this intense, wrenching bottle-blues beloved by goths, punks, rootsy Americana lovers and death cultists alike when it came out in ‘83.
Jeffrey Lee Pierce of THE GUN CLUB & Linda “Texacala” Jones of TEX & THE HORSEHEADS in an early incarnation of the Horseheads.
Here’s an article I wrote in January 2002 about one of my all-time faves, The Gun Club’s “Fire of Love” album, for Perfect Sound Forever online mag.