17 Songs, 1 Hour, 18 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Although its recording date is sometimes erroneously identified as 1992, Larger Than Live is The Gun Club’s complete concert at Paris' Elysée Montmartre on Nov. 29, 1990. It features Kid Congo Powers on guitar, Romi Mori on bass, and Nick Sanderson on drums. Frontman Jeffrey Lee Pierce would say in his autobiography that this was the best band he ever had. Powers was Pierce’s musical soulmate, while Mori was his girlfriend at the time (although she'd later marry Sanderson). It's testament to Pierce’s spirit that his band could still rekindle the initial energy of early punk with “My Dreams,” “Devil in the Woods,” and “Fire Spirit,” even though the scene that had birthed those songs was long since dead. Rather than simply replay his younger years, Pierce was reaching for something greater in 1990. “The Straits of Love & Hate” and “Emily’s Changed” are some of the most majestic, accessible rock songs The Gun Club ever recorded. They exude the same religious urgency and melodrama that made U2 massive, but while Bono became a stadium messiah, Pierce was destined to remain an untamed wolf boy.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Although its recording date is sometimes erroneously identified as 1992, Larger Than Live is The Gun Club’s complete concert at Paris' Elysée Montmartre on Nov. 29, 1990. It features Kid Congo Powers on guitar, Romi Mori on bass, and Nick Sanderson on drums. Frontman Jeffrey Lee Pierce would say in his autobiography that this was the best band he ever had. Powers was Pierce’s musical soulmate, while Mori was his girlfriend at the time (although she'd later marry Sanderson). It's testament to Pierce’s spirit that his band could still rekindle the initial energy of early punk with “My Dreams,” “Devil in the Woods,” and “Fire Spirit,” even though the scene that had birthed those songs was long since dead. Rather than simply replay his younger years, Pierce was reaching for something greater in 1990. “The Straits of Love & Hate” and “Emily’s Changed” are some of the most majestic, accessible rock songs The Gun Club ever recorded. They exude the same religious urgency and melodrama that made U2 massive, but while Bono became a stadium messiah, Pierce was destined to remain an untamed wolf boy.

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About The Gun Club

Tribal psychobilly blues is the best way to describe the Gun Club's energetic death rock, but the band's career seemed doomed from the get-go due to leader Jeffrey Lee Pierce's reputation as an unreliable wildman, and well-publicized bouts of drunkenness dogged him throughout his career. Formed in Los Angeles in the early '80s, the band was vaguely aligned with similarly roots-inspired groups like X and the Blasters, but later picked up and relocated to the Lower East Side, resting more comfortably around the New York downtown set and Pierce's mentors, Debbie Harry and Chris Stein. Their 1981 debut, Fire of Love, was a punk-blues hybrid -- intense energy fueled Pierce's exorcism-in-progress delivery and the band's (Ward Dotson, guitar; Rob Ritter, bass; and Terry Graham, drums) frenetic style. Released in 1982, Miami had the band allied with Blondie's Stein at the boards. Pierce had once been the president of Blondie's U.S. fan club, which sparked the liaison. The 1985 EP Death Party is a swingin' piece of punkabilly with Dee Pop on drums and Jim Duckworth of Panther Burns on guitar. For Las Vegas Story in 1984, the Club won over guitarist Kid Congo Powers from the Cramps and Patricia Morrison (the Bags) on bass, and it looked as if that was that when -- save for some live recordings and posthumous releases -- Pierce launched his solo career in 1985 with the EP Flamingo and the Wildweed album for the Statick label. But it wasn't quite over; in 1987 Pierce came back with a realigned Club and the album Mother Juno (Fundamental), which earned them a wider following than ever. In 1996, after drying out, but suffering from persistent health problems, Pierce passed away from a brain hemorrhage. Morrison went on to play with the Sisters of Mercy, Powers in his own lounge group, and Dotson formed the Pontiac Brothers. An album featuring the Gun Club in concert, Larger Than Live!, appeared from Last Call Records in 2008. ~ Denise Sullivan

  • ORIGIN
    Los Angeles, CA
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • FORMED
    1980

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