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Fire Of Love

The Gun Club

1981

Fire Of Love

Album Summary

Fire of Love is the debut album of the American punk band the Gun Club, released in 1981 on Ruby Records.

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Rating

3

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4724

Genres

  • Post Punk
  • Punk
  • Rock
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Mon Oct 25 2021
5

The Gun Club's newest inductee Alec Baldwin joined us for our daily shooting this morning. The stats were: Animals killed 89 People killed 13 Not bad for a Sunday morning's shooting, but we must improve tomorrow.

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Mon May 24 2021
1

A right load of pretentious bollocks has been written about this band "there's never been music like this, before or since". Well good, because it's shit.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
5

The Gun Club's debut is the watermark for all post-punk roots music. With Pierce's wailing high lonesome slide guitar twinned with Ward Dotson's spine-shaking riffs and the solid yet off-the-rails rhythm section of bassist Rob Ritter and drummer Terry Graham, the Gun Club burst out of L.A. Nobody has heard music like this before or since. Pierce's songs were rooted in his land of Texas. Fire of Love may be just what the doctor ordered, but to cure or kill is anybody's guess.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
5

Man, what a great album. Everything you love about Iggy, Violent Femmes, and all of the great american punk/post-punk bands is on display here. It's clever, fresh, different and, at the same time, oh-so familiar. Loved everything about it.

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Sun Jun 13 2021
4

Incredibly fun early punk album. Enjoyable lyrics, memorable riffs (especially the few times they edged towards surfer punk), and an album that is impeccably paced for punk. It was an absolute blast to listen to.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
2

The more I listen to it, the more the vocals really start to put me off. Between a 2 and a 3, but gets a 2 because it was more annoying than enjoyable.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

Great post-punk blues-y stuff. I already know this band influenced Japandroids ("For the Love of Ivy") and Jack White immeasurably, but they really do the impossible and make rockabilly sound cool.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Pure punk-a-billy, can hear their influence in a lot of punk and indie bands that followed

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Wed Feb 10 2021
5

Liked this

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Thu Jun 03 2021
5

Muy chido. Qué gran sorpresa descubrir esta banda. Me gustó todo el disco pero sobretodo she's like heroin to me y ghost on the highway que tienen ese efecto desenfrenado, torpe, estresa de algún modo. Mood: Amsiedad

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

El post punk angelino es siempre un SÍ. Además tienen grandes canciones y una producción que ya le gustaría a Dream Syndicate en sus primeros discos. Sí rotundo

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Thu Jun 03 2021
5

Me gusta mucho la música que suena peligrosa. Y sucia. De sudor sexoroso y sudor de cruda. Uno de mis discos favoritos.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
5

Like some of the best albums we've heard so far, this one feels so ahead of its time. Really lays the foundation for a myriad of garage punk acts to follow. I can hear the influence on Japandroids, the White Stripes, and loads more.

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Sat May 08 2021
5

I like a lot of post-punk, but somehow never checked out this band. Psychobilly, "punk blues", and cowpunk are all things I don't care about - so maybe those labels put me off. But holy shit this is good. And holy holy shit, it sounds so much like Pixies. I mean, you could say it sounds like Pixies ripped off Gun Club... or more positively, it's like discovering a Pixies album I never knew existed. I surprisingly enjoyed the punk energy given an Americana tinge, and I definitely enjoyed the Black Francis-esque vocals. I haven't had a chance for a second listen, but I'll stick my neck out and say 5/5, because this is seriously good.

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Tue Aug 03 2021
5

August 2, 2021 This is really cool! I had no idea this band existed but this album combines some of my favourite musical influences (punk & blues, apparently?)

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Sun Sep 05 2021
5

Very good! Love the blues-punk fusion.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
5

One of those groups I've heard mentioned but I don't think actually listened to before now. Definitely motivated to check out more. Can I assume Black Francis was a fan?

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

So this starts off polished punk. Then bluesy. Then - wow - Led Zeppelin, a bit 'Doors'y - and i'm taking this in wide eyed. This is amazing. This is why I'm doing this - to be introduced to great music I'm not familiar with. As someone else said "the magnitude of discovering The Gun Club cannot be understated" and it could well be my words. Thank you!

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Sun Jan 09 2022
5

A very fun album; I like how they mixed several styles together.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
5

Really fucking good stuff. Cow-punk rocks.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
5

Jack White asking "Why are these songs not taught in schools?" completely sums up my feelings on this album. Absolutely incredible.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
5

I am very familiar with THE GUN CLUB’s FIRE OF LOVE, which I have and liked very much. After re-listening to FIRE OF LOVE, I’ve grown to appreciate it more, however, I feel that MIAMI is the superior release and should be the second GUN CLUB album in the list. In 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, THE GUN CLUB’s FIRE OF LOVE Is the only album listed. Rate Artist: THE GUN CLUB (5.0) Rate Album (Year): FIRE OF LOVE (UK 1988 Original) (5.0) Rate Album (Year): FIRE OF LOVE (US 2004 Expanded) (5.0) Ranking of THE GUN CLUB - FIRE OF LOVE songs No. Title Length Ranking 1-01 Sex Beat 2:48 09.5/10 1-02 Preaching The Blues 4:01 10.0/10 1-03 Promise Me 2:38 09.5/10 1-04 She's Like Heroin To Me 2:35 09.0/10 1-05 For The Love Of Ivy 5:37 10.0/10 1-06 Fire Spirit 2:49 09.5/10 1-07 Ghost On The Highway 2:46 10.0/10 1-08 Jack On Fire 4:45 10.0/10 1-09 Black Train 2:13 10.0/10 1-10 Cool Drink Of Water 6:19 10.0/10 1-11 Goodbye Johnny 3:47 09.5/10 US 1988 Original Release 107.0/110 = 9.73 / 2 = 4.86 Bonus Tracks: 1-12 Bad Indian (Alternate Version) 2:25 10.0/10 1-13 Cool Drink Of Water (Alternate Version) 1:00 08.0/10 1-14 Fire Of Love (Alternate Version) 1:49 10.0/10 1-15 For The Love Of Ivy (Alternate Version) 5:33 10.0/10 1-16 Ghost On The Highway (Alternate Version) 2:47 10.0/10 US Deluxe 2020 (% Bonus) Release 155.0/180 = 9.69 / 2 = 4.84

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Fri Feb 18 2022
5

2/16/22

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Fri Feb 18 2022
5

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Mon Jul 04 2022
5

The first four Gun Club albums are all classics - always liked The Las Vegas Story the most - less blues and more new wave / post-punk -I guess it is not on the list but really should- but in any case Fire Of Love is great too, punk-blues might be the best qualification. It is quite intense and needs to be played as loud as possible.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
5

Classic punk!

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Fri Oct 21 2022
5

Might I suggest if you have never heard this album put it on your list of things to do today. You'll not be disappointed.

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Wed Nov 30 2022
5

such a fun, awesome, creative take on punk might be a bit repetitive and times but I loved every second 10/10

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Mon May 17 2021
4

great punk rock!

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

Really good punky stuff, I like it.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
4

Great!

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Fri May 07 2021
4

pixies vibes. very nice. 4.5

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Sun Apr 04 2021
4

Sounded generic on first listen but I really liked it after the second

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

Esto es como un punk que suena ya más producido. O es la impresión que tuve, como todo punk casi, son cosas que escucho y pueden emocionarme, pero a las que difícilmente me engancho con cotidianidad. Este es un disco medio ligero, con una que otra parte descollante y hasta ahí. La portada me gusta mucho, eso sí, puse poca atención a sus letras. Me gustaron "For the Love of Ivy" y "Black Train". 7.5/10

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Tue May 18 2021
4

This just solidified my western pride as a whole.

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Never heard of this mob but v enjoyable

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Tue May 18 2021
4

A pretty groundbreaking combo of punk and blues, it's really cool to hear the origin of this sound.

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Fri May 14 2021
4

No way, first track Sex Beat was an instrumental track that I really liked off Earthed 2, but that version was by Two Lone Swordsman. Had no idea this was the orginal. Sounds kinda like 80s punk but mixed with blues. Really enjoying it. 4

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Tue Apr 27 2021
4

I had never listened to this album and it was fun to listen to. I even looked the band up and everything!

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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

I was familiar with a couple songs through covers, but never heard the original or this whole album. Really enjoyed it.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

This was a good album and I would listen to it again.

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Wed May 19 2021
4

Nothing wrong with the album, but it didn't really do anything for me

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Wed Jul 28 2021
4

Nota: 4/5 No coneixia el grup i m'ha semblat molt fàcil d'escoltar. M'ha recordat a The Cure. L'àlbum m'ha passat volant.

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Fri Aug 13 2021
4

Cool blues/roots punk. Sex Beat is a treat of an opener. great formational album of a lot of the grunge and alt rock.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
4

great stuff - good racket and actually tuneful unlike some early yank punk. 4

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Fri Aug 20 2021
4

I love discovering punk/protopunk/postpunk/garage bands that I wasn't familiar with before, and this was a really good one. Shades of the Velvet Underground, The Stooges, Television, with a little blues and cowpunk thrown in for good measure. Pretty unique. 4 stars, will definitely listen again.

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Fri Aug 27 2021
4

Decent punk. The energy in the first half was really good but it dragged a little by the end. 7/10

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Fri Aug 27 2021
4

7/10. Pretty revolutionary to take punk music and merge it with genres that sound good. I can see how it was influential.

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Fri Aug 27 2021
4

Sounded very ahead of this time, often funny! It was definitely stronger towards the beginning. 7/10

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Sun Sep 05 2021
4

Makes you wish that blues and post punk was a more common combination, especially in the hands of musicians who know to use dynamics in rock music

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Wed Sep 22 2021
4

Classic new wave punk, surprised I hadn’t heard before

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Thu Sep 23 2021
4

Surprised by how much I enjoyed this. Punk albums on this list have been very hit or miss (mostly miss), but this one is cool. The blues/roots side of things is really cool. I'm a bit concerned though; the vocalist employs a few choice slurs and he is not black. Not a good look given the violent, Southern-themed nature of the lyrics, even if it's a reflection of a character he's embodying. It's jarring and makes me bristle, but fortunately the music surrounding is still strong. I guess that's just part of the darkness. Great album overall, excellent punk riffs and melodies. I can hear how this would have influenced tons of bands that followed. Favorite tracks: Sex Beat, She's Like Heroin to Me, Cool Drink of Water, For the Love of Ivy, Jack on Fire. Album art: This is a cool one. Nice bold colors, startling imagery. Does a lot with a little. Seems very homemade. 4/5

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

Was not expecting this at all

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Thu Oct 07 2021
4

Frábær, tímalaus blanda pönks, blúss og rokkabillí. Greinilega áhrifavaldar fyrir ýmsa artista sem komu á eftir. Þessi plata hefði getað komið út á hvaða áratug sem er eftir 70s.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

Sex Beat is pure punk, but Preaching the Blues is solid blues. Preaching the Blues feels very current even today, ironically it even sounds commercial! It's a love letter to punk but also a pioneer album for punk. 80s punk need look no further than this album. I am not too well versed in punk, but this is probably the best punk album I have heard. Songs are great, ranging for life, drugs, love, lust, music, freedom, all the punk tropes! Cool Drink of Water is a blast! Just bayou, haunted, strange, bluesy punk.

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Mon Oct 25 2021
4

What does SHACK eat for breakfast? Lamb chops.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

way better than below, more musical

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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

Yeah, this was pretty good. Totally not familiar with these guys, but it sounds like I should be.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

Fucking cool, like a proto-Pixies

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

Sort of dreary but I still enjoyed it

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

Awesome foot tapper album. Enjoyed

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Fri Dec 24 2021
4

cool!

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Fri Dec 24 2021
4

good punk

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

Punk blues muy curioso. Un 4.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

weird punk ftw

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

7.1

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

Dobar energični punky-blues? Može proć taj naziv a... Inače, za njih znam jer mi je slučajno u spotify daily mix upala njihova "Mother of Earth" (odlična stvar btw) sa albuma "Miami" - taj sam album jedino onako površno poslušao od njih, ali mi nije bio loš što sam čuo. Isto tako je i ovaj album. Dosta dobar, sviđa mi se, nije savršen, ali ima ono nešta što men' paše.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

Nekako sam htjela da mi se ne svidi album al mi se svidio nažalost UGH. Jack on fire mi je banger

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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

Ok, this is not a first timer. I've heard this record a few times but had experienced it in two different ways: it either blew me away or it was just too tinny sounding for my taste. I guess this was one of those bands you needed to see live in order to really appreciate their music. Anyhow, you can tell that they were really wild and thunderous. UPDATE: The more I listen to it the more I like it. So bad that I need to pass to the next record. Crossing my fingers!

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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

Excellent stuff! Why have I never heard of this before? Can't believe it's from 1981!!

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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

Very interesting - a sound that is of the blues, but not blues; of country, but not country; yet these two elements are blended in too thickly to to allow this to be simply called post-punk. This is wiry, haunted music sometimes played with the lope of Bob Wills or the prowl of a Howlin' Wolf. The main characteristic, though, is how organic and alive the band sounds, shifting and shuffling tempos and dynamics with none of the lockstep niceties of a metronome. Peculiar, singular, rootsy, a little gothic even. Hard to recall hearing too much like this before now.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

I wasn't aware of The Gun Club at all before this and I gotta say, I really liked this. For the Love of Ivy is a great song. I don't know a ton about who they're pulling from, but I'm gonna do a dive on them. Good stuff.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
4

One of the best things in following this 1001 albums challenge is this kind of discovery. I never heard about "The Gun club" before, but this early post-punk is becoming one of my preferred things to listen to these days. Great discovery!

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Wed May 11 2022
4

This record immediately caught my attention and kept it throughout. An excellent debut with original guitarist, Ward Dotson that's catchy and interesting. Ward went on to a fine career with the Pontiac Brothers and Liquor Giants and he really shines on this album.

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Sun May 29 2022
4

Pretty good fun. Can hear how a lot of later bands would be influenced

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Mon Jun 06 2022
4

Love the post-punk stuff, highlights are: Preaching the Blues, She's Like Heroin

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Wed Jun 22 2022
4

not too shabby

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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

I was familiar with the gun club before listening, but I don’t think I’ve ever listen to a full album of theirs. I really enjoyed it, especially driving around.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

Not bad for old punk.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

Mad fusion of post-punk and blues. Tight musicianship and an endearing vocalist. I get a bit bored during the blues breakdowns. Kind of reminds me of a proto-white stripes. All in all a great album and a band I was completely unaware of before.

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Sun Oct 02 2022
4

I had never heard of this before and I had a great time. Like a proto-Pixies noisefest

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Tue Oct 18 2022
4

Very enjoyable! I will definitely return to this one later on.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
3

6.5/10 FT:Sex Beat

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Wed Sep 16 2020
3

Not really my style.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
3

Decent but nothing remarkable or to remember

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Mon Jun 28 2021
3

I'm generally not a fan of the rockabilly aesthetic (I find it a little cringy), but this is fun as a primordial source of it. The first track is incredible.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

не зашло, на троечку

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Sun Feb 14 2021
3

Mostly standard punk. Not my favorite but could definitely hear the blues influence on some songs.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
3

Average

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

Stuk beter album dan de vorige, best wel interessant

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Tue May 11 2021
3

Is this good? Essential? What differentiates this from a thousand other roots rock records?

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Fri Feb 26 2021
3

Not bad

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Sun Apr 25 2021
3

It was fine, I guess. Not an especially memorable album in my opinion. Not sure why it made it on this list instead of any of a million other rock albums.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
3

Its a great genre for concert, but as a listening experience, the songs themselves don't offer anything bad or great.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
3

I like sex beat best, and not just because of the name

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Mon May 24 2021
3

Faded into the background. I could enjoy the beats & guitar but I don’t see any reason to recommend. “Ghost on the Highway” stuck out though

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Fri Feb 26 2021
3

It was fine but I probably won’t listen again.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

Was decent, not amazing but not terrible. Kept me entertained

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Mon Mar 22 2021
3

Plezant punk-album, maar geen uitblinker in het genre

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Mon Mar 22 2021
3

Paar goede nummers, paar minder goede nummers.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
3

I don't have any strong opinions about this. It was good. I liked it.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
3

3/5 didn't stuck to my head

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

No fue pa mí

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Wed Apr 21 2021
3

It’s pretty punky and raw

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Sun May 02 2021
3

A solid blues-influenced punk album. 7.9/10

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Mon Jun 28 2021
3

really good early punk. would listen again.

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Fri May 14 2021
3

Decent lo-fi punk rock with country vibes.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
3

Rating: 6/10 Best songs: She’s like heroin to me, Black train

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Wed May 12 2021
3

Gave me major Presidents of the United States of America vibes. Fun, albeit slightly shouty rock

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Thu Jul 15 2021
3

Really good album from a band I hadn’t heard of. I will put them into my rotation

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Thu Jul 01 2021
3

Dark. I like it.

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Fri May 14 2021
3

Enjoyed this more than thought I would.

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Wed May 19 2021
3

Couple of points I did enjoy, but on the whole there are some far more interesting punk records out there

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Wed May 19 2021
3

Decent enough driving music

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Wed May 19 2021
3

Could only listen to half the album but seemed alright

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Sun Jul 11 2021
3

All right.

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Sat Aug 07 2021
3

Erträglicher Punk

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Sat Aug 07 2021
3

Lustiger Punk nur das erste und 3. Lied gut - sonst nix besonderes

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Tue Aug 10 2021
3

Punk que diverte.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
3

Didn’t hate it! Interesting album.

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Sun Sep 05 2021
3

Bangor

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Sat Sep 11 2021
3

The band and their music are both new to me. Add this to the list of music I'm glad this project has introduced me to. I like this band's sound and style. Much as I appreciate punk as a musical and cultural movement, I don't listen to much punk, but these guys weave in some nice elements of rockabilly, surf rock (which is kind of punk ancestor, I think, right?), blues, etc. I can also hear in The Gun Club's music a lot of things that definitely show up in a whole lot of acts that followed. Overall, I found this album to be more interesting musically than most punk music. Great energy, too. I like it.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

I’m not super well-versed in rockabilly but I liked this one quite a bit. I dig the cover too.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
3

this was cool, but sadly forgettable. i listened maybe an hour ago, and haven't heard anything else since...and i couldn't tell you one thing or use about this album. that's too bad, because i have a vague recollection of liking something about it, but i have no idea now what it might've been.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
3

Punk. No mal del todo.

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Mon Oct 25 2021
3

alright, pretty rad for the 80s.

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Mon Nov 08 2021
3

Un album punk rock qui ne m’a pas beaucouP excite. 3

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Mon Nov 15 2021
3

I don't have much to say about this one. I can immediately recognize the importance of this album to the punk and psychobilly genres, but I was left enjoying what I had heard, not loving it.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

A party record, good for easy listening

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Thu Nov 25 2021
3

What guns and how many, they never said

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Mon Nov 29 2021
3

‘‘Twas alright.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
3

Lmao, that cover is hilarious. It looked like something that eight year old me would have done if he discovered photoshop during that time. Is it terrible? I don't know. It's a bit unsettling. Greyscale tribal people on bright pink background. I think it's pretty good. It catches the sound of this album. So I discovered a new specie of punk: post-punk. It's basically punk going avant-garde. This album screams tribal energy and I liked the Doors-y sound that it made in some places. As usual the louder tracks didn't do anything to me. But the overall unique sound is pretty impressive. I guess American roots music is perfect for punk.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

As far as punk goes this isnt too bad

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Mon Dec 13 2021
3

This was cool, punkabilly country punk or whatever you call it.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
3

fine

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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

Average but enjoyable enough

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Wed Feb 16 2022
3

Not bad at all. Worth a deeper dive into their other albums.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
3

Interesting - I think this album was very influential in the Sydney live music scene in the 80s. Not quite my thing now, but I would have loved it then

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Fri Mar 04 2022
3

Another punk album on this list.. Not as bad as some of the others, but also didn't particularly enjoy this album. Would say 2.5..

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Sun Mar 06 2022
3

There was some punk

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Sun Mar 13 2022
3

La dernière piste de cet album a provoqué une situation que nous aurions tous souhaité éviter. En effet, dans la dernière chanson de leur album plus que moyen, les Gun Club invitent Jony à se retirer, l'invectivant à de multiples reprises à l'aide de "Goodbye" prononcés tantôt d'une voix douce, tantôt d'une voix plus ferme. Seulement, le caractère sulfureux de Jony est connu de tous. A l'écoute de cette outro, il devient absolument furieux et intenable, fracassant tout sur son passage. On peut entendre sur les deux dernières minutes de la piste les chaises voler et les murs se briser. Une véritbale cacophonie qui ne vient pas servir un album déjà trèS limite.

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Sun Mar 13 2022
3

Bien qu'ayant écouté cet album seulement hier et dans des conditions optimales (sur une chaise longue et sous le soleil), je serais incapable de vous dire ce qu'il contenait à part peut-être l'annonce d'une décennie musicale extrêmement poussive (je parle bien sûr des années 80). Vous savez désormais que Robert a récemment gelé mon enceinte JBL, et ce pour me sanctionner de violer son septième commandements lors de soirées karaoké. J'ai donc du me résoudre à acheter une paire d'écouteurs bon marché. Un énorme problème se pose toutefois depuis hier : l'embout de l'écouteur droit s'est volatilisé, me laissant dans un pétrin inimaginable quelques heures plus tôt et remettant sérieusement en question la suite de l'aventure. Je vous tiendrai informés dès que j'aurai de nouvelles informations.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

Genre: Punk Blues 3/5 Some standard fare punk rock, with more obvious elements and influence from blues rock and rockabilly. Nothing super exciting in terms of arrangements or production. Certainly didn't break any new ground in terms of general rock progression, punk blues seems to have been a shortlived moment in time, but it certainly was for the genre in particular. This was one of the first and more prominent albums to synthesize the two sounds to this extent. This gave me more boring, less fun Dead Kennedys vibes, which is a group that precedes this album and, I feel, better excels in synthesizing 60s-70s guitar sounds into punk rock effectively. There weren't many standouts to me from this album, but it all had a nice driving rhythm and solid punk rock playing. A fun album, and one that may have been important for punk and will be enjoyed by punk fans, but none too interesting for me.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

In "Fire of Love", The Gun Club cut from generations of blues and American roots music and paste it into their immediate post-punk scene. It's violent, incendiary and raw with a caustic delivery (part Lou Reed, part Joe Strummer, part Robert Johnson). It's a little too repetitive at times, but still a captivating set of songs. For better and for worse, "Sex Beat" immediately sums up the whole album with its trebly rhythm section, skeletal arrangement and explicit, barked out vocals. There aren't many other directions introduced in the remaining 37 minutes, but we do get some consistently solid post-punk with a bluesy twang. It's a new wave of garage rock, where the influence on Jack White's music twenty years later can clearly be heard (though The Gun Club are much less technically accomplished or varied). The frenetic 1-2 energy of "Preaching the Blues" and "For the Love of Ivy", with basic chords, extreme dynamics and walking basslines, is an effective marriage of rockabilly with neurotic post-punk, giving weight to the emerging genre "psychobilly." The lyrics paint pictures of killers, hunters and deviants trailing across a wasteland somewhere like the Old West. There's frequent mention of the victims-to-be and others to be lain waste to, involving problematic repeated use of the "n" word. While the sound is compelling at first, setting the band just enough apart from many of their contemporaries, it doesn’t take too long for it to become somewhere between overbearing and just plain dull. By comparison with the rest, "Fire Spirit", "Black Train" and "Goodbye Johnny" are so forgettable I have nothing else to say about them after several listens. The best tracks for my money are the slow-burners, those which move at more of a menacing strut than a frantic gallop. "Jack on Fire" and "Cool Drink of Water Blues" (the latter a blues standard) are both great changes in pace, swinging slowly into madness with excellent instrumental crescendos and perfectly pitched vocals. I admire "Fire of Love" for the places it took the genre and the wave of subsequent musicians it may have influenced, but standing alone it's not much more than a fun, solid listen.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
3

This band are new to me. They are crudely a love child of the Velvet U and the Pogues and the Bad Seeds. Punk garage. Frantic but unremarkable songs. I'm unlikely to return to. Nothing awful, nothing essential. Prob really good live. Its gonna be a 3.

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Wed May 04 2022
3

cool!

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Mon May 09 2022
3

Eigentlich ganz gut, aber der Sänger nervt teilweise mit seinem hohen Gesang. Trotzdem noch ne 3.

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Tue May 10 2022
3

Has to be the ugliest album cover ever… The album opens with sex beat a very youthful punk track, the guitars are great really makes it feel like a strong opener. Then is preaching the blues it’s quite interesting with the fade out that is on it feeling so instant. It does get annoying after a bit but it’s still a nice song. Promise me slows things down a little and I respect the song but it’s just not as good as the first two. She’s like heroin to me is the most aggressive track a small aggressive burst of energy ( also at the mo I really don’t like the sequencing of the tracks). For the love of Ivy is a very blues inspired track it’s good but I get bored after about 2 minutes in a 5 minute song. But it does end on some noises… Fire spirit ends side A it’s quite aggressive and it’s a honestly a decent punk rock track. Ghost on the highway has good lyrics but honestly blended in so much that I didn’t have time to review it the first time round. Jack on fire is a bit of a mental stomper it’s probably one of my favourites a nice pick up from before. Black train is good the best part of the song is that it’s got some nice drumming but I wouldn’t describe the song as special in any way. The blues’y tracks aren’t nearly as good as the punk ones ( they just drag on and on and on) especially the six minute long cold drink of water blues. But at least the guitar solo is cool here. The album closes on goodbye Johnny, it’s probably the most closery on the album it’s nice slightly slower but keeps the punk energy needed for the album. Yeah, the album kinda grabbed my attention at the start to just throw out bluesy or punk tracks in a poorly sequenced order. But aside from that it’s good.

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Fri May 20 2022
3

Good

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Mon May 30 2022
3

gillade det väldigt mycket först men efter en andra lyssning blev jag lite besviken på något sätt. en trea får det bli

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Wed Jun 01 2022
3

Good bluesy early-punk album.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
3

Some pretty tuneful and enjoyable punk here, I had a bit of fun with this.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
3

That was pretty cool. A few genres mashed into one with some heavily Dylan influenced lyrics.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
3

An interesting post-punk album, I would probably like it more upon another listen, but as of now I thought it did a good job at accomplishing the vibes and sounds. 3.5/5

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Wed Jun 22 2022
3

I was kinda digging it, although nothing really stood out too much for me. I enjoyed the raw, punk vibe it had. Pretty good, but not great.

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Mon Jul 04 2022
3

Similar vibe to New York Doll

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Thu Jul 07 2022
3

Punk what?!

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Wed Jul 13 2022
3

Nice

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Wed Jul 27 2022
3

It was okay, but not my favourite. Some of the beats were fun.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
3

Never even heard of these people before, but this was pretty good. Probably a true 3.5; gotta decide if I should round up or down.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
3

Had high hopes after the first couple of songs. Wasn't bad but didn't meet expectations.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
3

Surprisingly enjoyable 3*

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Sun Aug 28 2022
3

Really fun. Never heard of this band or the idea of blues-punk or punkabilly or whatever this is, but it was fun to listen to and read about.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

Nothing special

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

A cool little bit of rockabilly punk + Lou Reed + early KoL

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

Better than I expected!

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

It was okay. Maybe I wasn't in a great mood but I thought it was just average.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
3

Idk, bluesy så der kunne godt være noget jeg kunne lide. Ellers lidt for stress. Cool Drink of Water Blues var meget god.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

The foray into this album was blind, and that might have been the saving grace here. Is it rock? Is it rockabilly? Is it punk? The answer is yes. There are rock compilations, and then there are literal rock compilations. This album is the latter. Each element seems to be touched on throughout, and it suffers from the shortcomings of all of them. The overly-lyric'd and semi-chaos of punk, the basic generic sound of rock, the old-fashioned rockabilly, in a way if the Blues were a person, they should feel somewhat annoyed by this. However, something weird happens with all of those gripes, and that is they start to make sense in an optimistic way. An appreciation that each element can coexist on an album grows, and while the album does not evoke any great emotion or produce rabid fandom, there is actually a lot of respect to be earned here. The band really put effort into this, at least that is what it sounds like. Lead vocalist sounds invested, the music is played with vigor. Psychopunkabilly can sound lazy, but The Gun Club does not. Their compositions are filled with bluesy hooks, punkish interjections, rock tones, and intention, the kind that requires some deliberateness. A real credit to this album.

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Sun Oct 02 2022
3

Fun!

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Fri Oct 07 2022
3

first listen pretty boring

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Thu Oct 13 2022
3

Not bad, kinda liked it. Prolly won't listen to it again, but enjoyed it while it was on.

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Sun Oct 23 2022
3

If Jack Black respects it, it's worth a spin.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

Decent punk but never gets super interesting beyond a curiosity for me. Totally serviceable though.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

Certainly prefer this to X as far as LA punk with a dash of roots thrown in goes. Has much more of a raw vitality. You can definitely hear their influence in that "everyone who bought the album started a band" kind of way.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
3

This was alright had a definite Velvets/ Lou Reed feeling, maybe just the vocals. Didn't love, but didn't hate and can see why it's on the list I guess

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Thu Nov 03 2022
3

Use of slide is an interesting differentiator from most of the other punk/New wave stuff. Blues is still a thing!

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Sun Nov 06 2022
3

Anxious post-punk. Solid, but not my favorite.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
3

Fun album

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Wed Nov 23 2022
3

The start of a lot of influence. Could hear Violent Femmes taking a big page from this group.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
3

This wasn't really good, but I think it's kind of artistic, which I can appreciate. I haven't heard much else like this, but that doesn't mean it's good.

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Fri Nov 20 2020
2

2.5

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Fri Feb 26 2021
2

it was ok - all to say really.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
2

2.5

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Wed May 05 2021
2

Punky and bluesy, some decent beats. Singing is punk, not my favorite. Not awful, overall.

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Mon May 24 2021
2

Don't have a lot to say except welcome to the 80s?

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Thu Jul 15 2021
2

Un dels discos emblemàtics del post punk, que moltes bandes han referenciat anys/ décades després. Mai li he trobat el punt i no serà per oportunitats. Temes molt genèrics amb actitud, però sense res especial a oferir

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Wed Jun 09 2021
2

Decent if mostly unremarkable Punk rock with a hint of blues. 2/5

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Thu Feb 25 2021
2

Nothing stood out really.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
2

It was ok, was something different to listen to but nothing really grabbed me. 2*

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Wed Feb 03 2021
2

Not really my thing, but it was ok

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Thu Mar 25 2021
2

Blondie

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Thu May 13 2021
2

i've heard worse, but not really for me

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Mon Jun 14 2021
2

Yeah I doubt I'll get through this whole thing either. Kinda boring punk rock.

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Thu May 13 2021
2

Sub Lou Reed

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Fri May 14 2021
2

dogshit

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Tue Jul 06 2021
2

It was ok. Haven’t heard of this band or any of their music. Bit unmemorable.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
2

Punk halt, mittelmäßig hörbar

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Wed May 12 2021
2

## tracks - sex beat: surprisingly subtle lyrics for punk. no such luck on the melody. 6/10 - preaching the blues: cool vibes 7/10 - promise me: slide guitar mmm, - she's like heroin to me: strong 8/10 - for the love of ivy: same chords, rythm, vibes as she's like heroin? was I expecting punk to be creative.. - ghost on the highway: - black train: actually different, vocals ## overall thought hear one song and you've heard them all but that's the genre right? pick a different rythm, key, vocal delivery. innofensive background energy. 80s must have been dire if this is some of its best 5/10 mother of earth came on right after and hooo boy!

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Tue Jul 27 2021
2

Just wasn't for me, I don't love the chanting vocals. I like the combination of punk and bluegrass influence somewhat, but I don't think this is gonna find its way into my normal library

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