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Editors’ Notes

Mother Juno. The first four songs represent the best opening sequence of any Gun Club album since Fire of Love. “Bill Bailey” captures a thundering rock sound that loses no bite despite its grandiosity. “Thunderhead” and “Lupita Screams” follow suit. It’s as though the band has learned how to rock like a stadium act without sacrificing the venomousness of its punk years. The muscular attack then abates on “Yellow Eyes,” a narcotic ballad that (in true Jeffrey Lee Pierce fashion) is as harrowing as it is erotic. An urgent momentum propels the rest of the album, starting with “Araby,” “My Cousin Kim," and “Hearts,” on which Pierce’s vocals rise to a howl: “Hearts!/Like lovely burning/Hearts!/With love that beats me so.” Of the two bonus tracks, “Crabdance” most resembles of the group’s early songs, with its lean, mean, and relentless dance rhythm. “Nobody’s City,” on the other hand, epitomizes the theme of disorientation and haunted travel that runs through The Gun Club’s career and reaches its apotheosis right here, on Mother Juno.

Biography

Formed: 1980 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

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...
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