After recording "on speed, in two days, for two thousand dollars" (although the complete album would be recorded at two separate California studios), THE GUN CLUB released their influential classic debut Fire of Love on this day in 1981.
The Gun Club went deeper into the roots. Creedence, The Band and Dr John, led Jeffrey to Charley Patton and Tommy Johnson. He became obsessed with one- and two-chord drone blues.
There were other influences too: freeform jazz, literature, Lowry, Burroughs. We intellectual, narcissistic. Too far too arty for rock people, far too rock for arty people, too cuckoo for the blues crowd and too American for punk. We had friends in the scene - we could play with The Blasters or X - but we weren't a band you could put your arms around and cuddle.
- Kid Congo Powers, Mojo, 2005