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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Gun Club Revisited 1 - Sex Beat

The Gun Club released their first album, Fire of Love, in late summer of 1981. Over the course of a decade and a half or so until the death of core member, Jeffrey Lee Pierce, their output included seven studio albums and an EP, assorted and sundry bootlegs and a smattering of this, that and the other. While there's plenty of good stuff to be found in all of this, some (myself included) would make the argument that their debut album was also their finest moment.

Lots of ink has been spilled trying to describe what The Gun Club actually did. My take would be punked-up blues with a decidedly dark bent, though the overt blues influences seemed to dwindle a bit as the years passed.

Sex Beat - the opener on the album and The Gun Club song your grandma and other non-fans are probably most likely to have heard - owes a great deal to punk and not so much to blues. The stop and go bits provide a bit of drama and the lyrics, well...they're lyrics. Overall I find that the appeal of this one has waned some as the years have passed, while songs on the album that I used to skip over have become much more appealing.


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