The World/Inferno Friendship Society also paid tribute to Pierce in their song by the same title. Come back, Darby Crash. So it’s good, all of these reissues and re-interest and circular amount of time—ten years of him dying and twenty years of being a band. Indeed, in interviews, an increasingly bitter Pierce had begun to refer to his work as being "full of weaknesses". In his younger days Jeff loved to rock climb (mainly at Garden of the Gods). The sessions were recorded with acoustic guitars in Cypress Grove's bedroom, using a "boombox" device. Gun Club looked like serious contenders but, by 1984's "Las Vegas Story" (which would have formed an apt soundtrack for the Mike Figgis Oscar- nominated Leaving Las Vegas movie) Pierce's boozy and druggy life-style had started to overshadow the music. It was strange, like he'd gone crazy; finally I got hold of someone, and she told me Jeffrey had come back, that he'd been drinking while he was gone, his liver had poisoned his system, and he was experiencing dementia.  at the University of Utah Hospital.. And this is for my friend, Jeffrey Lee Pierce.. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. He later traveled to Jamaica, meeting with Winston Rodney aka Burning Spear and others, but also “got beat up there too” as Pierce recalled in an interview. This seemed to have a positive effect on him, you know, spiritually. ", The French rock band Noir Désir paid tribute to Pierce in the song "Song for JLP", from its 1996 album 666667 Club. Come back, Jeffrey Lee Pierce. And it has been very sad. Where possible we have used Jeffrey's contributions, so he actually appears posthumously on this album. Among the symptoms were a strong identification with violence and death and a clear notion of American …  Dave Alvin also played lead guitar on two tracks. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. Please accept Echovita’s sincere condolences. When he was a teen, he was president of the west coast Blondie fan club and worked in a Los Angeles record store before he went on to write about music for punk-oriented magazine Slash. To enlist the support of other artists, Cypress Grove initially attempted contact through the respective Myspace sites of particular artists, including Lanegan, and the project progressively evolved, as other artists, such as Isobel Campbell and Jim Sclavunos, agreed to contribute. He talked a lot about dinosaurs. According to Jones, the note was "written out in beautiful handwriting and 'with love, Debbie' at the bottom" and was Pierce's "most prized possession". He was very well read on the subject. Punk and blues-influenced artist best known as the founder of the Gun Club. His infatuation with reggae overlapped with the emergence of punk rock and Pierce became a fixture on the Hollywood scene as a contributor to Slash fanzine, writing not only on the obvious contemporary punk phase but also about 1930s blues, 1950s rockabilly and a reggae section under the name 'Ranking Jeffrey Lea', securing an interview with Bob Marley. This song is dedicated to OFF! Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. And for as self-destructive as he was, he was a million times more creative. He later quipped he had the idea that being in a band was a way to get free drinks bought for him by music business reps. Around this time Pierce met L.A. musician Phast Phreddie Patterson, whose vast record collection and knowledge of American roots music added to the eager Pierce's musical education. Lydia Lunch - Wikipedia In 2010, Harry began a series recordings (featuring solo songs and duets with Nick Cave and others) for The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project. It was the end of my collaborator; the person who taught me how to play guitar; the person who for years I had done stuff with and can only communicate in a certain way with—a brother. Nobody's City (Feat. T-shirt colors are available in the best-selling black, the classic white, and many others.  Jones recalls that "Jeffery's voice had an element of horror" and the "nature of their [The Gun Club's] music it was way more brutal and full on than any metal band I have ever heard. – "Jeffrey Lee Pierce" n "I Don't Belong, "OFF! And then, I think, [Henry] Rollins phoned me to tell me that he died. , Musician, spoken word artist and friend Henry Rollins played the Gun Club song "Bill Bailey" during his first show for the "Artist in Residence" feature on Australian national radio station Double J. Rollins stated prior to the broadcast of the song: "Jeffrey Lee Pierce was a very good friend of mine and I miss him horribly. Titles like "Walking With the Beast", "Bad America" and "Wildweed" now seem sad portents of what was to come. – Jeffrey Lee Pierce – Live at 2011 Pitchfork Music Festival", "OFF!  The discovered recordings were too rough to release and Glitterhouse Records, the label responsible for releasing the recordings of the project, has explained: This would have been impossible without digital technology, with artists adding their parts all over the world – London, Melbourne, Glasgow, Barcelona, Los Angeles, etc. American singer, songwriter and guitarist. , Primal Scream's 2013 album More Light referenced Pierce and the Gun Club with a reworking of Pierce's "Goodbye Johnny" and use of the title "Walking with the Beast". Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Kisses for My President - the Amber Lights & Debbie Harry 3. I would call Jeffrey and he would say, “They are crazy,” and that it’s not that bad. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. Come back, Lux Interior. Grove also explained that exposing Pierce's music to new listeners is "entirely the point of it [the album]" and he hopes that a wider audience is attained through the tribute.  Our son Jeffrey Lee Pierce passed away at home in Twin Falls, ID on 7-11-2020. December 1984 the Gun Club played two UK gigs in London but by January 1985 had broken up, cancelling an upcoming Australian Tour. Morris, who also shared a house with Pierce, was responsible for suggesting "The Gun Club" band name while they were living together. He was very hard work. During the interview, published on Australian web-based magazine Mess and Noise, Cave spoke of his relationship with Pierce, including their initial encounter: "Yeah, I think we went to see Under The Volcano. The three songs were named "Ramblin' Mind", "Constant Waiting", and "Free To Walk", with further material uncovered over time to support the tribute project.. Jeffrey Lee Pierce (June 27, 1958 – March 31, 1996) was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and author. It's funny how sometimes demos can be better than the released version. " The following is an excerpt from the 26.03.2012 interview; He had a thing about the Vietnam War, for some reason. Encuentra las mejores canciones y álbumes de Jeffrey Lee Pierce, como Love and Desperation, Pasties and a G-String y más. In 1993, the last Gun Club album, ironically entitled Lucky Jim, featured his Japanese wife, Romi Mori, on bass. ", the Argentinian Sergio Rotman member of the popular Latin rock band Los Fabulosos Cadillacs edited in 2014 a special edition of 500 cd's with versions of 14 Jeffrey Pierce's songs and "fire of love" "el fuego del amor" previously edit 8 songs. He still made ends meet by working hard in a record store and contributing to music fanzines but, by 1981, he was at the helm of Gun Club, an impressive fourpiece (also featuring Kid Congo Powers on guitar, Rob Ritter on bass and Terry Graham on drums) who seemed to create their own brand of swampy, ramshackle, psychotic, blues- influenced music. Biography 1970s Jeffrey’s mother is Mexican-American.  He explained, "because Jeffrey Lee Pierce is not only one of my heroes, he’s totally inspirational to me." After this, I get a call from him; he was up in Utah and he sounded normal. And I appreciate that people recognize Jeffrey as kind of a visionary and a great songwriter. Jeffrey Lee Pierce is best remembered as the hard-living guitarist/singer who fronted the Gun Club, a band that fused the fury of punk with the melodic structures and lyrical obsessions of the blues. It never didn’t work and we didn’t break up because of the lack of chemistry.. We were like brothers' With Mori now on bass, they recorded 1987's Mother Juno, produced by the Cocteau Twin's Robin Guthrie that featured songs such as "Thunderhead" and "Araby" and "The Breaking Hands". Pierce was always supportive and encouraging of musical aspirations and talents in others, including his romantic partners. I’m really proud of it and appreciative of it.  Pierce and Lanegan cowrote the song "Kimiko's Dream House" that appears on Lanegan's album Field Songs..  The documentary received mostly positive critical reception, but was criticized for not including any of Pierce's music or interview footage with him. And he said, they always say that. He sounded completely out of his mind, though not like he was drunk. Pierce's evocative lyrics and remarkable vocals evident throughout, it encompassed tribal beat 'voodoo' rock - "Walking with the Beast" - slide-guitars - "Eternally is Here" - and haunting compositions like "My Dreams", "Bad America" and a cover of "My Man's Gone Now". Jeffrey was great at customer service wherever he worked and was a mobile notary for 16 years. Bored of interviewers and critics, who seemed only to want a replication of the debut album, Pierce stated that he preferred Miami and dismissed Fire of Love: "I can't even remember making it. Now I don't know how many of you were at the Bowery Ballroom [New York City] last night? Jeffrey's Obituary. Pierce started learning guitar at age 10. I like to think of it as being like Josh Homme's The Dessert Sessions. But Jeffrey, a beautiful thing about Jeffrey was that he was able to move outside that and connect on some other level to people … I mean, things like with Luke, my kid, and stuff like that. , Pierce's early musical interests were towards glam and progressive rock, particularly bands such as Sparks, Genesis, and Roxy Music.  At a May 2012 performance at the Bell House venue in Brooklyn, New York City, Morris introduced the song by stating: Some people have been around long enough to be able to sing songs about our friends, whether they be, um, celebratory, "let's fuck shit up forever"-type of songs—this is one of those type of songs. It was just punk rock." Jeffrey Lee Pierce (June 27, 1958 - March 31, 1996) was one of the founding members of … Albums include Wildweed, I Knew Buffalo Bill, and Ramblin' Jeffrey Lee & Cypress Grove With Willie Love. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. The label clarified that the third album has become the "penultimate" full-length release of the Project, but did not name the final album, or its release date. One minute he’d be talking about the fall of Saigon and the next minute he’d be talking about the size of a dinosaur’s brain. ", The 1982 to 1984 period of The Gun Club witnessed a fluctuating line-up with disgruntled band members claiming that Pierce's unpredictable genius personality and excessive drug use made him too difficult to work with. And you know, I loved him very much. Texacala Jones noted that Pierce used to carry a handwritten note from Harry in his wallet that had instructions on how she dyed her hair, including the types of products she used. Jeffrey was full of digressions. Read our full mailing list consent terms here. And he assured me that he was doing well. (part 1)", "OFF! The Parisian rock elite, always in love with tragic figures like Morrison, Thunders and Iggy Pop, had found a new hero. Pierce relocated to England with Mori and concentrated on a solo career, playing a London gig Jan 17th as 'Astro-Unicorn Experimental Jazz Ensemble' then recruiting Murray Mitchell, John McKenzie and Andy Anderson to record tracks which became Wildweed, the first of Pierce's albums to feature him playing the majority of guitar parts   plus material released later in the year as the "Flamingo" E.P. And before he died I got to watch him deteriorate; it was just brutal. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? We have 1 albums and 13 song lyrics in our database. It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Jeffrey Lee Pierce of Twin Falls, Idaho, who passed away on July 11, 2020, at the age of 48, leaving to mourn family and friends. , "Jeffrey’s Blues" - documentary filmed in 1989, directed by Bram van Splunteren for VPRO's Onrust and re-edited with unseen footage 2016, it features interviews with Pierce, acoustic performances and clips of The Gun Club..  At live performances, Morris has introduced the song with a description of Pierce and the relationship that he shared with the late musician, stating that Pierce was one of his best friends and that the song, "Jeffrey Lee Pierce", is a "eulogy". In 2010, The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project launched We Are Only Riders, the first of a series of four albums featuring Pierce's previously-unreleased works-in-progress. He always gives credit to the band and Mr. Pierce and also states how much he admired Jeffrey Lee Pierce's song writing. , Although the project's third and final album, The Task Has Overwhelmed Us, was due for release in late 2012, the schedule was changed after the release of the second installment. – Jeffrey Lee Pierce / Crawl (Live)", "Gallows stream new album 'Gallows' ahead of release – listen", "Gallows Everybody Loves You (When You're Dead) Reading Festival 2012", "Gallows – Everybody Loves You (When You're Dead)", "Cave, Perkins Pay Tribute To Gun Club's Pierce", "Album: Various Artists, We Are Only Riders – The JLP Sessions Project (Glitterhouse)", "Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project to release second album…,", "Nick Cave and Blondie's Debbie Harry duet on The Gun Club tribute album", "Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Thurston Moore and Jim Sclavunos play Nobody's City – new music", "The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project", "Ghost on the Highway: A Portrait of Jeffrey Lee Pierce and the Gun Club", "The Gun Club – Ghost on the Highway: A Portrait Of Jeffrey Lee Pierce & The Gun Club (Ballad of Jeffrey Lee Pierce told by former bandmates)", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Jeffrey_Lee_Pierce&oldid=997531846, Articles with unsourced statements from May 2008, Articles with unsourced statements from January 2010, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 1 January 2021, at 00:12. Most of the time it was difficult to work out what he was talking about. Powers recalls; "The song that didn’t make it on the album, “Secret Fires,” that’s in all the reissues, is an absolutely beautiful folk song. Born in Texas in 1958, Jeffrey Lee Pierce later moved to the West Coast. Hardtimes Killing Floor Blues, filmed in 1992 and released in 2008, documents Pierce's time living in Knightsbridge, London. Also, Cypress Grove was able to obtain the two-inch master tapes of some song ideas they had recorded at the end of the "Ramblin' Jeffrey Lee" sessions. We just couldn't afford to go there only to take a photograph'  With Derek Thompson on guitar, Dean Dennis on bass and drummer Nick Sanderson, Pierce toured Europe as 'The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Quartet' From August 1985 he toured the USA and Canada, with Mori taking over from Thompson. The hospital turned him away saying, there's nothing we can do for him, his liver's shut down, he's dying. He was also my roommate and at one time he was my best friend. Pierce's life is the subject of the documentary, Ghost on The Highway: A Portrait of Jeffrey Lee Pierce and The Gun Club, directed by Kurt Voss, and produced by Voss and editor/composer Andrew R. It was a shocking ending. Contributors include Iggy Pop, Cave, Harry, Lanegan, Race, Thurston Moore and Primal Scream. Songs Sort by: Bestselling. Jeffrey digressed a lot. That’s the thing I always like to point out.  He returned feeling unsure about the future role of reggae in US music. Glitterhouse Records, the label producing the collection, instead released Axles & Sockets. He was one of the founding members of the 1980s punk band The Gun Club. The singer lived for a time in London and gigged fitfully around Europe, doing strange versions of jazz standards (John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme", Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit") and releasing disappointing albums of past and recent concerts on many labels (Two Sides of the Beast on Dojo for instance). Originally released on the LA-based Ruby Label, Fire of Love attracted much interest in Europe and was picked up by the Beggars Banquet label for the UK while France's New Rose acquired the rights for that territory.  Axels & Sockets opens with a rendition of "Nobody's City", for which the artists—Pop, Cave and Moore—used an original Gun Club demo recording: We found the original Berlin demo tapes from the Mother Juno album in 1987.   The song ends with the lines: Come back, Dee Dee Ramone. By the late '70s Pierce was himself playing as a musician. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? The album features interpretations of Pierce's work by old friends and collaborators, such as Debbie Harry, Nick Cave, Lydia Lunch, Mick Harvey and Kid Congo Powers.. And I said, what the hell, man, everyone's saying you're going to die. Jeffrey Lee Pierce (June 27, 1958 - March 31, 1996) was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist.He was one of the founding members of the 1980s punk band The Gun Club.He also released several solo albums and was a founding member of The Red Lights prior to forming The Gun Club. American Singer, Songwriter and Musician. I mean, with Jeffrey, you pretty much entered his world when you saw him. What can you say about a record that you cut for 2500 bucks in 48 hours, on speed? One of Pierce's early relationships, singer Texacala Jones, was initially encouraged and supported by Pierce, and together they formed the band Tex and the Horseheads, with Pierce providing arrangements of traditional songs and playing guitar in some of their initial performances. Pierce was one of the founding members of the 1980s punk band The Gun Club, and also released material as a solo artist. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. , September 1983, as The Gun Club prepared for their first (and only) Australian tour, two band members quit at Los Angeles airport before departure, due to financial concerns over payment and ongoing exasperation with Pierce's mercurial behavior. This person was in very, very poor health and expired. Jeffrey Lee Pierce discography and songs: Music profile for Jeffrey Lee Pierce, born 27 June 1958. Pierce continued working despite failing health and put together a penultimate Gun Club lineup for two shows in Los Angeles in August and September 1995, including guitarists Powers and Mike Martt (ex-Tex & the Horseheads), and the Wayne Kramer rhythm section of bassist Randy Bradbury and drummer Brock Avery. The Gun Club became the seminal swamp-blues, post punk band that had come screaming out of the LA club scene during the 1980 s. In 1982 Creeping Ritual Music was created by Pierce and later became the soul source for his music publishing. By then, his influence could be felt on the work of rootsier American outfits like Green on Red and on the new direction taken by Nick Cave and his Bad Seeds (which featured for a time the Gun Club refugee Kid Congo). 1-10 of 25 Sample this song Title Artist 0:00 / 0:00 Goodbye Johnny. Jeffrey Lee Pierce, the leader of Los Angeles punk band The Gun Club, is the subject of a new documentary, as Deadline reports. It's a much more light hearted, pop-oriented effort than Fire Of Love or The Las Vegas Story, and it oozes that mid 1980's absurdist humor. He died on March 31, 1996 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. 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In 2010, OFF!, a punk "supergroup" fronted by Keith Morris former member of Black Flag and the Circle Jerks released a song dedicated to and named after Pierce. Some people were not shocked at all, and really thinking about it later, I shouldn’t have been shocked. He said that he was sobering up again at his father’s and that he was trying to finish up that book he was writing for Henry Rollins. And had a great unique voice. Perhaps the longest lasting influence on Pierce was Debbie Harry, lead singer of the band Blondie, for whom he had a strong admiration. He had been writing—a lot of crazy passages, like where Isaac Hayes is calling him on a radio tower, and we were just hysterically laughing over the phone. Pierce later said in relation to the album: "We envisioned an album that sounded like ocean waves.". Or Kansas. He genuinely cared about other people. Jeffrey Lee Pierce, singer, guitarist, composer: born Texas 27 June 1958; married Romi Mori; died Los Angeles 31 March 1996. The way he sung [sic] up high like that and slightly off key was enough to tear your heart out.. Inspired designs on t-shirts, posters, stickers, home decor, and more by independent artists and designers from around the world. Creeping Ritual evolved into the Gun Club, with the addition of drummer Terry Graham and guitarist Rob Ritter. But Jeffrey did make efforts to stay on top of all that sort of stuff. Wildweed's evocative monochrome cover shot, of Pierce stood in a windswept barren landscape with shotgun over his shoulder, was actually photographed in the U.K., as Pierce told a Swedish interviewer; 'The picture is definitely not taken in a desert, quite the opposite. November 1994 Pierce was arrested for brandishing a Samurai sword in his local Kensington Pub after an argument. From shop AdamTpopart. In the documentary, Voss interviews Pierce's former collaborators, Kid Congo Powers, Ward Dotson, Terry Graham, Jim Duckworth, and Dee Pop, in addition to his high school friend (actor/photographer) Steven Tash, former publisher of Pierce's work, Henry Rollins, and Lemmy, lead singer of Motörhead. , In 2010 The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project launched We Are Only Riders, the first of a series of four albums featuring Pierce's previously unreleased "works-in-progress". His health had been poor for some time. High quality Jeffrey Lee Pierce gifts and merchandise. Come back, Joe Strummer. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. He was allowed to come over and pick out ten albums from Bob Hite's massive blues record collection when he was dying. Jeffrey Lee Pierce The Gun Club rare signed numbered Fine Art print by Adam Turkel Glam Punk Cowpunk Blues Pop Art Poster AdamTpopart. by Jeffrey Lee Pierce on Root Damage. Discover more music, concerts, videos, and pictures with the largest catalogue online at … During the mid-70s, after attending a concert by Bob Marley, Pierce became deeply enamoured by reggae, being equally fascinated by Marley's shamanistic presence as by his music. frontman Keith Morris' friend and former roommate, Jeffrey Lee Pierce, who was a founding member of the influential blues-punk band, The Gun Club. Pierce arrived in Australia with bass player Patricia Morrison and enlisted two members of support act 'The Johnny's' - Billy Pommer Jr and Spencer Jones  to fill in, plus former member and long time friend Kid Congo, who immediately flew over from America to join them after a plea from Pierce. Singer Bobby Gillespie commented that "Jeffery Lee was a really great lyricist. Pierce contacted Powers in early 1996 to work together on a new of The Gun Club. Listen free to Jeffrey Lee Pierce – Six String Sermon (Promise Me, Treat Your Train Right and more). in 2010, Morris explained in an interview, after he was asked about the Gun Club T-shirt that he was wearing at the time: ... because Jeffrey Lee Pierce is not only one of my heroes, he's totally inspirational to me. And happy, you know. Jeffrey Lee Pierce Obituary. , Mark Lanegan recorded a cover version of The Gun Club's "Carry Home", from the Miami record, on his album I'll Take Care of You. Find top songs and albums by The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project.  The final Gun Club album, 1993's Lucky Jim, includes the song "Idiot Waltz". Weird Kid Blues - Julie Christensen 5. I think in the end we just couldn’t figure out how to fit it onto the record.  The album contains a version of Robert Johnson's "Preachin' Blues" and the love song "Promise Me". He was one of the founding members of the band The Gun Club, and also released material as a solo artist. . The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. I was already hearing from other people that Jeffrey was really sick and it was really, really bad. We need you now. He settled in Los Angeles, near to Viper Room club owned by his friend Jonny Depp  Mexican Love - Black Moth 4. Powell. Jeffrey Lee Pierce (June 27, 1958 - March 31, 1996) was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. So we took those original guitar parts played by Jeffrey Lee and Kid Congo Powers (The Gun Club guitarist) and built a new song. , Jeffrey Lee Pierce and The Gun Club Documentaries, "Jeffrey Lee Pierce, Rock Musician, 37 – New York Times", "Obituary: Jeffrey Lee Pierce – People – News", "Preaching The Blues: Remembering The Gun Club's Jeffrey Lee Pierce", "Returning to the supposedly troublesome 'Miami, "Rockbrat Remembers: When Spencer Jones played with The Gun Club", "NEW YORK NIGHT TRAIN - issue 1: Kid Congo Powers Oral History Pt. And then he went to Japan. It’s good and I’m actually able to talk about it in hindsight. I suppose he was pretty out of it with drink and drugs and so kind of difficult to communicate with. ", The follow-up album, Miami, was produced by Stein, and features renditions of "Devil in the Woods," "Sleeping in Blood City" and Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Run Through the Jungle." Nick Cave was in contact with Pierce prior to his death and said in a 2012 interview: "He looked increasingly ill, I mean, we all did, but Jeffrey looked particularly so. I’m in Utah and I’m going to meetings and I’m taking it easy.” And I believe that’s what he was doing there. It was still kind of shocking to me. 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