|Fire of Love|
|Studio album by|
|Released||August 31, 1981|
|Studio||Studio America, Pasadena, California; Quad Teck, Los Angeles, California|
|Genre||Punk blues, psychobilly, punk rock, post-punk|
|Producer||Chris D., Tito Larriva|
|The Gun Club chronology|
The Flesh Eaters' singer Chris D. produced five tracks on the album ("Sex Beat", "Preaching the Blues", "Fire Spirit", "Ghost on the Highway" and "Jack on Fire") at Quad Teck with Pat Burnette engineering. Tito Larriva produced the album's other six tracks at Studio America with Noah Shark engineering. Chris D. was also credited with the cover design for the original release. Judith Bell was responsible for the bottle label illustrations on the rear of the cover.
|Encyclopedia of Popular Music|||
|Spin Alternative Record Guide||8/10|
|The Village Voice||B|
The album is considered groundbreaking in being the first of its kind to combine the hard, stripped-down sound of punk rock with American roots music. In turn, this innovation helped to create the punk blues style as well as inspiring countless garage rock musicians. Several musicians have cited Fire of Love as an influence.
In 2006, "Sex Beat" appeared on the soundtrack to the video game Scarface: The World Is Yours.
All songs composed by Jeffrey Lee Pierce; except where indicated
- Side A
- "Sex Beat" - 2:45
- "Preaching the Blues" (Robert Johnson; arranged by Jeffrey Lee Pierce) - 3:58
- "Promise Me" - 2:35
- "She's Like Heroin to Me" - 2:33
- "For the Love of Ivy" (Jeffrey Lee Pierce, Kid Congo Powers) - 5:31
- "Fire Spirit" - 2:52
- Side B
- "Ghost on the Highway" - 2:43
- "Jack on Fire" - 4:40
- "Black Train" - 2:11
- "Cool Drink of Water" (Tommy Johnson; traditional, arranged by Jeffrey Lee Pierce) - 6:10
- "Goodbye Johnny" - 3:41
- The Gun Club
- Jeffrey Lee Pierce - vocals, slide guitar, backing vocals on "Jack on Fire"
- Ward Dotson - guitar, slide guitar, backing vocals on "Jack on Fire"
- Rob Ritter - bass
- Terry Graham - drums
- Additional musicians
- Tito Larriva - producer, violin on "Promise Me"
- Chris D. - producer, backing vocals on "Jack on Fire"
- Lois Graham - backing vocals on "Jack on Fire"
- Pat Burnette, Noah Shark - engineers
- Chris D. - cover design
- Judith Bell - bottle label drawings
- In 1998, 16 Horsepower recorded a cover of "Fire Spirit" for their 1998 EP The Partisan.
- In 2003, Enon covered the song "Sex Beat".
- Juliana Hatfield's band Some Girls also covered "Sex Beat" for their 2003 album Feel It.
- Japandroids recorded a cover of "For the Love of Ivy" on their 2012 album Celebration Rock.
- In 2013, Kim Salmon and Spencer P. Jones recorded a cover of "Jack on Fire" for their album Runaways.
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- http://www.americanrootsuk.com/chapter-10.html Note: – 1981.
- Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (7 February 2006). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 0-7893-1371-5.