Fire of Love

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Fire of Love
Studio album by The Gun Club
Released August 31, 1981
Recorded Studio America and Quad Teck, Los Angeles, CA
Genre Punk blues
Length 40:03
Label United States Ruby (original release)
Slash (first CD release)
Rhino (second CD release)
United Kingdom Beggars Banquet
France New Rose (original release)
Last Call (2000 CD reissue)
Spain Munster (2003 release)
New Zealand Big Time
Producer Chris D., Tito Larriva
The Gun Club chronology
Fire of Love

Fire of Love is the debut album of the American punk band The Gun Club, released in 1981 on Ruby Records.[1]


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"). Tito Larriva produced the album's other six tracks. Chris D. was also credited with the cover design for the original release.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau B[3]
Uncut 4/5 stars[4]

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.[5] In turn, this innovation helped to create the punk blues and psychobilly styles as well as inspiring countless garage rock musicians. Several musicians have cited Fire of Love as an influence.

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by Jeffrey Lee Pierce; except where indicated

Side A:

  1. "Sex Beat"
  2. "Preaching the Blues" (Robert Johnson, arranged Pierce)
  3. "Promise Me"
  4. "She's Like Heroin to Me"
  5. "For the Love of Ivy" (Pierce, Kid Congo Powers)
  6. "Fire Spirit"

Side B:

  1. "Ghost on the Highway"
  2. "Jack on Fire"
  3. "Black Train"
  4. "Cool Drink of Water" (Tommy Johnson, traditional, arranged Pierce)
  5. "Goodbye Johnny"


  • 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
  • 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 - engineer
  • Noah Shark - engineer


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. In 2006, "Sex Beat" appeared on the soundtrack to the video game Scarface: The World Is Yours. 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 cover of "Jack on Fire" for their album Runaways.


  1. ^ Green, Jim; Sprague, David (2007). "Gun Club". Trouser Press. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Fire of Love". Allmusic. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "The Gun Club". Robert Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ columnist. "The Gun Club: Fire of Love". Uncut: 122. 
  5. ^ Note: – 1981.

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