Miami (The Gun Club album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 20, 1982
RecordedJune 1982
StudioBlank Tape Studios, New York
GenrePunk blues, post-punk, roots rock
LabelAnimal Records
ProducerChris Stein
The Gun Club chronology
Fire of Love
Death Party EP
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Mojo4/5 stars[2]
Q3/5 stars[3]
Record Collector4/5 stars[4]
Spin Alternative Record Guide7/10[5]
Uncut4/5 stars[6]

Miami is the second studio album by punk blues group The Gun Club, released in 1982.[7] It was released on Blondie guitarist Chris Stein's label, Animal Records[8]. Stein also produced the album.

Debbie Harry appears as a backing singer on various tracks on the album under the pseudonym "D.H. Laurence Jr." The album front cover photograph doesn't include Rob Ritter who had already left the band. Before leaving the band, Ritter first taught all his bass-lines to his ex-Bags bandmate Patricia Morrison[9].

The track "Mother of Earth" was covered by alt-country band The Sadies on their 2001 album Tremendous Efforts. It was also covered by Swedish band bob hund, but with lyrics in Swedish, as “Mamma din jord” on their 2019 album “0-100”.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Jeffrey Lee Pierce except as indicated.

Side one
  1. "Carry Home" - 3:14
  2. "Like Calling Up Thunder" - 2:29
  3. "Brother and Sister" - 2:57
  4. "Run Through the Jungle" (John Fogerty) - 4:07
  5. "A Devil in the Woods" - 3:05
  6. "Texas Serenade" - 4:40
Side two
  1. "Watermelon Man" (Ward Dotson, Jeffrey Lee Pierce) - 4:11
  2. "Bad Indian" - 2:37
  3. "John Hardy" (Traditional; arranged by Jeffrey Lee Pierce) - 3:21
  4. "Fire of Love" (Jody Reynolds, Stordivant Sonya) - 2:14
  5. "Sleeping in Blood City" - 3:29
  6. "Mother of Earth" - 3:21


The Gun Club[edit]

  • Jeffrey Lee Pierce - vocals, guitar, piano, background vocals on "Watermelon Man", lead guitar on "Run Through the Jungle", "John Hardy" and "Mother of Earth"
  • Ward Dotson - lead guitar, background vocals on "Watermelon Man"
  • Rob Ritter - bass
  • Terry Graham - drums

Additional musicians[edit]

  • D.H. Laurence, Jr. - backing vocals
  • Walter Steding - fiddle on "Watermelon Man"
  • Chris Stein - producer, bongos on "Watermelon Man"
  • Mark Tomeo - steel guitar on "Texas Serenade" and "Mother of Earth"


  • Joe Arlotta - session engineer
  • Butch Jones - mixing engineer
  • Chris D. - cover photographs, original design

"Special thanks to: Bob Singerman, Linda Cuckovich, Chris D., Robyn Weiss, Lois Graham, Lux Interior, Ivy Rorschach, Kid Congo, Linda Jones, Chris Stein and D.H. Laurence, Jr."


Miami was ranked among the top fifty "Albums of the Year" for 1982 by NME.[10]


  1. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Miami – The Gun Club". AllMusic. Retrieved May 4, 2013.
  2. ^ "The Gun Club: Miami". Mojo: 114. [P]arts of Miami are ferocious.
  3. ^ "The Gun Club: Miami". Q: 131. [The album] was perhaps their most coherent, 'Bad Indian' and 'Like Calling Up Thunder' coming on like a prototypical White Stripes.
  4. ^ "The Gun Club: Miami". Record Collector: 83. Produced by Blondie's Chris Stein, it streamlined the sound of Gun Club's debut Fire of Love...
  5. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  6. ^ "The Gun Club: Miami". Uncut: 149. Jeffrey Lee Pierce never sounded more possessed...
  7. ^ Green, Jim; Sprague, David (2007). "Gun Club". Trouser Press. Retrieved May 4, 2013.
  8. ^ "Animal Records". Discogs.
  9. ^ "The Gun Club story in detail".
  10. ^ "Albums and Tracks of the Year". NME. 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2016.

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