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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

3.03

Votes

3821

Genres

  • Post Punk
  • Punk
  • Rock
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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5

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

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5

Liked this

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Very good! Love the blues-punk fusion.

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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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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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5

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

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Really fucking good stuff. Cow-punk rocks.

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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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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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2/16/22

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Prva petica za nekog kog nisam čuo nikad, nego otkrio preko ovoga. Svaku pjesmu sam pravo uživao i svaka čast, hvala generatoru! Mješavina tolko podžanrova and it fuckin works beautifully HOLY FUCKING SHIT, polagano ću ja diskografiju slušat.

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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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great punk rock!

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4

Really good punky stuff, I like it.

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Great!

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pixies vibes. very nice. 4.5

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

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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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4

This just solidified my western pride as a whole.

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4

Never heard of this mob but v enjoyable

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

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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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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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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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4

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

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4

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

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

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

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

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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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Was not expecting this at all

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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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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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4

What does SHACK eat for breakfast? Lamb chops.

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way better than below, more musical

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

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Fucking cool, like a proto-Pixies

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4

Sort of dreary but I still enjoyed it

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Awesome foot tapper album. Enjoyed

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cool!

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good punk

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Punk blues muy curioso. Un 4.

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weird punk ftw

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7.1

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

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

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

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not too shabby

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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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Not bad for old punk.

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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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6.5/10 FT:Sex Beat

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Not really my style.

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3

Decent but nothing remarkable or to remember

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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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не зашло, на троечку

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

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Average

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Stuk beter album dan de vorige, best wel interessant

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

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Not bad

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

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

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

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Plezant punk-album, maar geen uitblinker in het genre

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Paar goede nummers, paar minder goede nummers.

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

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3/5 didn't stuck to my head

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No fue pa mí

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It’s pretty punky and raw

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A solid blues-influenced punk album. 7.9/10

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really good early punk. would listen again.

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Decent lo-fi punk rock with country vibes.

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

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

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

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Dark. I like it.

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Enjoyed this more than thought I would.

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

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Decent enough driving music

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Could only listen to half the album but seemed alright

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All right.

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Erträglicher Punk

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

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Punk que diverte.

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Didn’t hate it! Interesting album.

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Bangor

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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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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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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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Punk. No mal del todo.

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alright, pretty rad for the 80s.

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

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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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A party record, good for easy listening

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What guns and how many, they never said

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‘‘Twas alright.

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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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As far as punk goes this isnt too bad

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

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fine

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Average but enjoyable enough

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

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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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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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There was some punk

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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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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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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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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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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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cool!

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

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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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Good

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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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Good bluesy early-punk album.

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

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

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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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Similar vibe to New York Doll

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Punk what?!

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Nice

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

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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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2.5

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it was ok - all to say really.

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2.5

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

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

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

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Nothing stood out really.

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

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Not really my thing, but it was ok

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Blondie

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i've heard worse, but not really for me

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

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Sub Lou Reed

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dogshit

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

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Punk halt, mittelmäßig hörbar

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## 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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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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16th August 2021 Listened on my phone while working and recovering from a fucking big few days. Quite forgettable to be honest, cool story about the front man being the president of the Blondie fan club and getting to collaborate with her but that's probably the main thing I took away from this.

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Interesting and fun in the beginning; didn't capture me enough to finish the album though.

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Good

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Post punk whiskey preachin'. Best Tracks: Preaching the Blues; She's Like Heroin to Me; Ghost on the Highway.

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was it just me or does this seem like the same as the last two albums? Wasn't impressed. Not looking like a good week! Just a very very basic rock album.

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Was alright

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I don’t know this genre well, it’s not for me

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Punk/blues rock, energisk, 80’er

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eh, was ok

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Just standard USA punk in my opinion. Quite fun but nothing to change my life. The 1001 albums review of this album is laughable btw.

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Very frenetic energy. Kind of hard to listen to. I get that that's punk for you, but this one's just not for me.

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Yet another album in this list that I can only shrug at and move on with my life.

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Very incongruous cover for the music style! Sex Beat is probably the easiest song to like. The electric US roots/blues/punk style is quite good, but needs more hooks and melodies.

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This one really ran out of steam for me after that song with "Heroin" in the title. That's a real problem when you're talking about the 4th track. But the three before it I enjoyed! I definitely would pick this up over that record from the Cramps again, and I genuinely like the guitar sound on this album. "Preaching the Blues" worked for me, mostly, and I kind of perked up again when it got to "Black Train." I think the idea of this album, and mixing blues and punk, is better than the execution. There's been some good stuff fairly recently that resulted from mixing blues-based ideas with hardcore (OX from Coalesce) and metal (Devil is Fine from Zeal & Ardor). But somehow the usage on this record made me think more of The Doors than anything else. I think it's the frontman. Something stylistically here felt like bo-bo Jim Morrison ,and I could never wrap my head around whether or not the vocals and singing added, detracted, or was indifferent to the music around it. I'll give it this: it was interesting.

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... like an Adderall fever dream

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Not my favorite punk album. Highlight: 4.

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Never heard of it, listened to it, realise why I'd never heard of it.

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Old school blues/punk which was probably important but I really don't think stands up to modern listening.

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Inge vidare rock

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Couldn't get into it.

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On paper, this album should be well within my wheelhouse – fast-paced, deeply rhythmic, guitar-driven, and lo-fi as all hell. Where the LP loses me is its inability to see beyond progressions with more than the same 2-3 chords. /Everything/ seems to be centered around a C or Emaj, so the initial excitement quickly gives way to melodic blandness. Really wanted to love this mix of proto-punk with a little twang, but the substance just isn't there.

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Pretty much unlistenable with these vocals.

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2.5 Nice!

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Bog punk/early HC. About as interesting as a glass of water by 2022 standards. Might have worked if it was on the Jackass soundtrack or something, but otherwise nahhh. 2/5.

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Kasniji su bolji nikako mi nije lega ovaj

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It has its place, and that place is in the cutout bin.

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They're like punk rock and a bit of blues mixed in. Punk Blues Jeffrey Lee Pierce drops the n word in "For the Love of Ivy", but he may just be playing a character, hope he isn't actually racist.

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really didn’t think this was anything special. it was all way too similar and there was no song I particularly liked. disappointing

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The ivy song was OK. Everything else blended

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Nothing special. Guitar comp didn't vary much, if at all, between tracks. Vocals are fine but don't particularly grab me. 2/10, eh

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Naaaaap not for me

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Too samey

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omg its got sounds of previous decades with the blues and punk rock but not really what i would listen to

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Not good.

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The sound is very empty or clean depends on your view of the album. I felt like every song was the same. And did they have a chorus in any of the songs? I couldn't tell. This shouldn't be on the top 1001 albums

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VU vocals without the poetry Television vocals without the virtuosity Violent Femmes without the humor Blind Justice without the warmth Blasters without the melody or soul

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Not for me. 1/5 stars.

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Couldn't finish it

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The Shite Stripes

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Punk is not up my alley , I love metal and rock but punk is not my cuppatea

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I actually kinda liked the backing music but dear god, everything else was so unbearable. The voice, the lyrics, and the rest of the overall feeling was awful. This is music to make you feel weird and disgusting. If that's your thing, more power to you.

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Is this.. country punk? Whatever this abomination is, I don't like it. Every song is the same. They say the N-word more times than the amount of chords they can play.

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Awful

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