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Following The Gun Club's first breakup in 1984, Jeffrey Lee Pierce decamped to London, where he recorded his debut solo album, 1985’s Wildweed. Produced by Craig Leon, Wildweed is a postapocalyptic country album, meaning it exists in wild country, a musical no man’s land. Singing like a blend of a cabaret singer, an evangelist, and a punk howler, Pierce drained his unconscious as Leon helped create a sound that's both disjointed and majestic. Lust and violence are the predominant themes, but there's also a lot of seduction in these songs, especially on “From Temptation to You,” “Sensitivity," and “The Midnight Promise.” Coming off The Gun Club's harrowing rhythms, Pierce is drawn to the straight-ahead power rock of Springsteen and Tom Petty. “Sex Killer,” “Cleopatra Dreams On," and “Love Circus” are by no means mainstream rock songs, but they incorporate a primal roadhouse stomp. Even more interesting is Pierce’s burgeoning interest in funk and disco, which is evident on “Love & Desperation” and “Portrait of the Artist in Hell,” an abstract, agitated take on James Brown.


Born: 27 June 1958 in Montebello, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

Jeffrey Lee Pierce is best remembered as the hard-living guitarist/singer who fronted the Gun Club, a band that fused the fury of punk with the melodic structures and lyrical obsessions of the blues. Born on June 27, 1958, and raised in El Monte, California, Pierce discovered punk rock during his teenage years while working at Bomp Records, writing for such L.A.-based punk magazines as Slash, and serving as the head of Blondie's fan club. By 1979, he was ready to front his own band. First called...
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