"Miami" is the second album by punk blues group The Gun Club, released in 1982. Debbie Harry appears as a backing singer on various tracks on the album under the pseudonym "D.H. Laurence Jr."

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THE GUN CLUB - Miami Animal Records 12" LP Vinyl Album album front cover

Album Description:

In the vibrant tapestry of musical evolution, certain albums stand as remarkable crossroads where genres converge and new sounds emerge. The Gun Club's "Miami", a gritty fusion of punk and blues, etched its name into this very narrative when it hit the airwaves in 1982. Released under Animal Records, this 12" LP vinyl album remains a testament to the band's audacious style and relentless creativity.

"Miami" was the second offering from The Gun Club, a band that dared to traverse uncharted musical territories. Spearheaded by the enigmatic Jeffrey Lee Pierce, the album's vocals, guitar prowess, and haunting piano melodies were uniquely his. The album showcased Pierce's uncanny ability to blend raw, bluesy grit with the driving force of punk rock.

Adding a touch of mystique to the album, iconic vocalist Debbie Harry made appearances as a backing singer, adopting the pseudonym "D.H. Laurence Jr". Her voice weaves through the tracks, leaving an indelible mark on the album's sonic fabric.

Behind the scenes, producer Chris Stein brought his artistic sensibilities to the project. Stein's touch, known from his work with Blondie, brought a polished yet unbridled quality to "Miami". Sound engineer Joe Arlotta's expertise ensured the album's sonic nuances were captured with precision.

The album was birthed within the walls of Blank Tape Studios in June 1982. This creative space became the incubator for The Gun Club's distinctive blend of sounds, where punk's rebellious spirit intertwined with the soulful wails of blues.

The album artwork, lensed by Chris D., stands as an enigmatic visual companion to the music. A testament to the era's DIY aesthetic, it mirrors the unapologetic attitude and individuality that The Gun Club exuded.

"Miami" boasts a lineup of talented musicians who helped sculpt its sonic landscape. Ward Dotson's lead guitar work interplays seamlessly with Pierce's own guitar and piano skills. Terry Graham's dynamic drumming provided the heartbeat, while Rob Ritter's basslines anchored the compositions.

Additional contributors elevated the album's eclectic charm. Deborah Harry's backing vocals, shrouded in an alias, brought a touch of star power. Walter Steding's fiddle on "Watermelon Man" added a rootsy texture, while Chris Stein's bongos infused a subtle rhythm into the mix. Mark Tomeo's steel guitar work on tracks like "Texas Serenade" and "Mother of Earth" added layers of melancholic beauty.

The tracks within "Miami" are a sonic journey. From the entrancing blues of "Watermelon Man" to the fevered intensity of "Run Through the Jungle", the album's diversity captures the essence of The Gun Club's experimental ethos.

Music Genre:

 Punk Blues / Garage Rock 

Album Production Information:

The album: "THE GUN CLUB - Miami" was produced by: Chris Stein

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Joe Arlotta

This album was recorded at: Blank Tape Studios, June 1982

Album cover photography: Chris D.-

Record Label & Catalognr:

Animal Records 204 977

Media Format:

 12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

 1982 Made in Germany / Holland
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: THE GUN CLUB - Miami
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Jeffrey Lee Pierce - vocals, guitar, piano, background vocals on "Watermelon Man", lead guitar on "Run Through the Jungle" & "John Hardy"
  • Ward Dotson - lead guitar, background vocals on "Watermelon Man"
  • Terry Graham - drums
  • Rob Ritter - bass
  • D.H. Laurence Jr (Deborah Harry aka Blondie) - backing vocals
  • Walter Steding - fiddle on "Watermelon Man"
  • Chris Stein - producer, bongos on "Watermelon Man"
  • Mark Tomeo - steel guitar on "Texas Serenade" & "Mother of Earth"
Complete Track-listing of the album "THE GUN CLUB - Miami"

The detailed tracklist of this record "THE GUN CLUB - Miami" is:

    Track-listing Side One:
  1. "Carry Home"
  2. "Like Calling Up Thunder"
  3. "Brother and Sister"
  4. "Run Through the Jungle" (John Fogerty)
  5. "A Devil in the Woods"
  6. "Texas Serenade"
    Track-listing Side Two:
  1. "Watermelon Man" (Ward Dotson, Pierce)
  2. "Bad Indian"
  3. "John Hardy" (traditional, arranged Pierce)
  4. "The Fire of Love" (Jody Reynolds, Stordivant Sonya)
  5. "Sleeping in Blood City"
  6. "Mother of Earth"


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THE GUN CLUB - Miami Animal Records 12" LP Vinyl Album album front cover

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THE GUN CLUB - Miami Animal Records 12" LP Vinyl Album album back cover

Close up of record's label THE GUN CLUB - Miami Animal Records 12" LP Vinyl Album Side One

Record Label Details: White Colour Animal Records 204 944 ( Chrysalis Records Inc ) © ℗ 1982 Sound Copyright

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Band Description:

 The Gun Club was a highly influential American punk rock band that emerged in the early 1980s. Formed by the enigmatic guitarist and singer Jeffrey Lee Pierce, the band blended elements of blues, punk, and country to create a unique sound that would inspire generations of musicians.

 Pierce was born in California in 1958 and grew up in the midst of the punk rock explosion in Los Angeles. He was an avid fan of blues music and had a deep appreciation for the raw energy and emotional intensity that characterized the genre. In the late 1970s, he formed the Red Lights, a short-lived punk rock band that failed to make much of an impact.

 Undeterred, Pierce decided to pursue his vision of a blues-influenced punk rock band, and in 1980, he formed the Gun Club with guitarist Kid Congo Powers, bassist Rob Ritter, and drummer Terry Graham. The band's sound was characterized by Pierce's distinctive vocal style, which combined the urgency of punk rock with the raw emotion of the blues.

 The Gun Club's debut album, "Fire of Love," was released in 1981 and was an instant classic. The album was produced by Chris D., who had previously worked with the punk band the Flesh Eaters, and featured a mix of original songs and covers of classic blues tunes. The album's opening track, "Sex Beat," was an immediate fan favorite and set the tone for the band's distinctive sound.

 Over the next few years, the Gun Club released a series of critically acclaimed albums, including "Miami" (1982) and "The Las Vegas Story" (1984). The band's music continued to evolve, incorporating elements of country and rockabilly into their sound, and Pierce's songwriting became increasingly complex and poetic.

 Despite their critical success, the Gun Club never achieved mainstream popularity. The band struggled with internal conflicts, including drug addiction and financial instability, and Pierce's erratic behavior and health issues also took a toll on the group. Ritter died of a drug overdose in 1990, and Pierce passed away from a brain hemorrhage in 1996, leaving behind a rich legacy of music and influence.

 The Gun Club's music has been cited as a major influence by a wide range of artists, including Nick Cave, Kurt Cobain, and the White Stripes. The band's unique blend of blues, punk, and country helped to pave the way for the alt-country movement of the 1990s and has had a lasting impact on American music.