The Gun Club, Part 1 (Introduction)

Up Jumped the Devil: The Gun Club’s Fire Smolders On Their sound struck like a whip’s tail smacking flesh, leaving stinging welts and stripes of blood. It was the sound of violent upheaval on both a grand and inner scale. The sound of lost American spirits, long believed dead and irrelevant, rising in an unforeseen… Continue reading The Gun Club, Part 1 (Introduction)

The Gun Club’s Miami Gets Its Due

The best rock ‘n’ roll album ever made, The Gun Club’s second album Miami, is finally being properly re-released in expanded form on Dec. 4 via Blixa Sounds. The remastered 1982 album, produced by Chris Stein of Blondie (a favorite band of the late Jeffrey Lee Pierce), will be augmented with a second vinyl LP… Continue reading The Gun Club’s Miami Gets Its Due

Face It

Face It By Debbie Harry [Dey Street/Harper Collins] Blondie’s Debbie Harry has always been something of a consciously postmodern shape-shifter, even when said shape-shifting was a prefiguration of the postmodern condition that would be defined by frou-frou critical theorists in the late 1970s. Playfully manipulating her persona for the entirety of her career, Deborah Harry… Continue reading Face It

Punk Avenue

Punk Avenue: Inside the New York City Underground 1972-1982 By Philippe Marcade [Three Rooms Press] I’ll preface this review with an undeniable, capital T Truth: Authors Legs McNeil and Jillian McCain’s 1996 opus, Please Kill Me, is the ne plus ultra of “punk books.” Basically, McNeil and McCain did for the history of NYC punk… Continue reading Punk Avenue

Clem Burke

Dreaming Is Free: Blondie Drummer Clem Burke Discusses The Split Squad, Super Groups, Ramones, David Bowie, and the Band That Made Him Famous Clem Burke, a founding member of Blondie, is a very busy man. One of the most respected and sought-after drummers working in rock ‘n’ roll, Burke fills any time available between his… Continue reading Clem Burke

Expanded Max’s Comp Revisits ’76 and Beyond

Back in the late ’70s/early ’80s, connoisseurs of the cut-out sections of record stores couldn’t avoid Volume Two of the Max’s Kansas City compilations, which brought together a bunch of bands who defined obscure. Most of them also weren’t very good. Which made Volume One much more attractive with early recordings from Pere Ubu, Suicide,… Continue reading Expanded Max’s Comp Revisits ’76 and Beyond

The Empty Hearts – The Empty Hearts

A “supergroup” made up of ’80s sidemen, The Empty Hearts consist of southpaw guitarist Elliot Easton (The Cars), drummer Clem Burke (Blondie), vocalist/strummer Wally Palmar (The Romantics), and bassist Andy Babiuk (The Chesterfield Kings), with late keyboardist Ian McLagan (Small Faces) tickling the ivories on the handful of tracks that require them. Their self-titled debut… Continue reading The Empty Hearts – The Empty Hearts