Goodbye Jeffrey Lee
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The Gun Club Discography
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The Gun Club & Jeffrey Lee Pierce
Compilation and other appearances
Originals, Cover versions, and 'Tributes'
The first part of this list started out as a copy of the one taken from
Hellione's Gun Club/Jeffrey Lee Pierce discography
back in 1996. Since then it has been rewritten, and additional information was/is gratefully
taken from various sources, o.a. my own collection, and different internet sites.
Many thanks to jES for info on and scans of
various compilations, which I nicked with permission from his Gun Club page
(go to the beginning of "Goodbye Jeffrey
Lee" for links).
More information is always welcome!
- Devil In The Woods - on the compilation LP "Keats Rides A Harley", Happy Squid
Records (HS007) 1981
- Group Sex - title-song on the Circle Jerks "Group Sex" album, Frontier 1981.
Jeffrey co-wrote the song, but does not appear on it
- Got Love If You Want It - by Tex and the Horseheads, released on a flexidisc
with Take It magazine #6 from 1982. Jeffrey plays guitar on it
- Carry Home, and Mother Of Earth - on a French promo 12" b/w Iggy Pop,
Animal/RCA (DC8969) 1982
- interview - on the NON PLUS "Premiere Issue" MC, April 1982, also with the
Whirlybirds, Suburban Lawns, Police, Keith Morris, and attached to an 8.5" x 11" b/w
photo of Jeffrey Lee Pierce and the Gun Club
- Ghost On The Highway - on the NME "Jive Wire" MC (NME 002), free with issue
- Sex Beat - on the "New Rose 82" compilation LP (ROSE 9) 1982
- Run Through The Jungle, and Like Calling Up Thunder - on the promotional
compilation LP "Animal Sampler", Animal Records (CAGED 1) 1983
- Sex Beat - on the US/Canadian compilation LP "Slash The Early Sessions",
Slash/WEA (92 39371) 1983 (also released on MC)
- Devil In The Woods (live), Keep A Knockin' (live), and interview - cassette with Bang Zoom
fanzine issue no. 3, 1983
- Jack On Fire - on the compilation album "Rockabilly Psychosis And The Garage Disease", Big Beat 1984 (pink and
clear vinyl LP, also on MC), and 1989 (CD)
- Sex Beat - on the annual New Rose compilation LP "ThE HiStORy OF THE WOrLD ~
PaRT 1" (ROSE27P), which was released as a picture disc in 1984
- Hell's Belle, and Time Stands Still - on the Chris D. And The Divine Horsemen's album "Time Stands
Still", Enigma Records (E1130) 1984. Jeffrey plays guitar and piano. CD released in Australia on Dog Meat (DOG 045 CD)
- Blacks - on the spoken word "English As A 2nd Language" 2LP, Enigma 1984.
- Hey Juana, and Sex Killer - on the "Statik Compilation 1" LP, Statik (LPST25) 1985
- Tribute To Miles Davis, and My Dreams - on the spoken word
"Neighborhood Rhythms" 2LP, Enigma 1985
- It's A Happening - on the Tex And The Horseheads' album "Life's So Cool",
Enigma 1985. Jeffrey arranged this song but doesn't appear on the album.
- Wildweed - on the Greek compilation LP "Rock 80's Vol. 6", Virgin (50131) 1986
- Hymn, Four Seasons Of Trouble, and All My Secrets - on the
"I Knew Buffalo Bill" LP by
Jeremy Gluck with Nikki Sudden & Rowland S. Howard featuring Jeffrey Lee Pierce &
Epic Soundtracks, Flicknife (SHARP 037) 1987. Jeffrey plays guitar on these three
tracks. Also available on CD since 1998 on Diesel Motor Records (Motor CD 101), with
extra tracks, and dedicated to the memory of Jeffrey Lee Pierce and Epic Soundtracks,
BUT without the first track Jeffrey plays on ("Hymn")!
- Call Off Your Dogs - on The Nomads album "Hardware", Amigo Records 1987.
Written by Jeffrey Lee Pierce and Peter Case, Jeffrey does not appear on it. Re-issued
on the "Showdown (1981-1993)" 2CD compilation album, Sympathy For The Record Industry
The Nomads say about this track in the booklet with "Showdown (1981-1993)":
"Peter and Jeff had gotten their hands on the "Wolfbane" album and they both loved
it. They immediately decided to write us a song. That was in 1984, but we didn't get
the song until two years later when Peter was in Stockholm. By the time he'd forgotten
the original lyrics so he had write new ones on the spot."
- Sex Beat - on the limited edition compilation 3CD "Rock n' Rose", released by
and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of New Rose (ROSE X) in 1990
- Sex Beat (live) - recorded at Club Vera, Groningen, Holland, December 3, 1986.
Appears on the Dutch live compilation LP/CD "VERA GRONINGEN - Beauty In The
Underworld", VERA Records/Semaphore 1990. Released as Vera's contribution to the 950
years celebration of Vera's hometown Groningen
- Pastoral Hide and Seek - on the US promotional compilation CD "18 Ways To Make
More Money - R.E.D. Retail Sampler Vol. 1", Relativity/Earache (RPROCD-0166) 1992
- Breaking In Your Daydream - a track with vocals by Jeffrey Lee Pierce,
which appears on the Die Haut album "Head On", Triple X/Whats So Funny About...
Records 1992. The album also includes Kid Congo vocals on "Excited" and "Parts Unknown"
as well as Lydia Lunch, Blixa Bargeld, Anita Lane, Kim Gordon, Debbie Harry and
- Lucky Jim - on the Dutch CD compilation "Play It! Volume 2 In The Summertime",
Play It Again Sam 1993
- Ride, and Love And Desperation - on the Triple X promo only compilation
CD "Triple X Records Compilation Number 7" (CDPRO94), 1994
- Yellow Eyes (live), and Little Wing (live) - recorded at the ARGE
Kulturgelände, Salzburg, Austria, May 25, 1993. Appears on the Austrian live
compilation CD "Fingerprints - ARGE Kulturgelände Nonntal Vol. 1" CD
(NONNTAL CD 140363) from 1995
- Pasties And A G-String - on the "Step Right Up: The Songs of Tom Waits" tribute
album, Manifesto/Caroline 1995
- Bill Bailey - on the promo CD "213CD 1996 Part One", available at Henry Rollins
concerts and lectures
- The Breaking Hands - on the German various artists double CD "Bouquet of Dreams
Vol. 3", Strange Ways/Indigo, 1997
- Run Through The Jungle - on the French compilation LP "Une Histoire Du Rock
Indépendant", EMI France-ODEON (8231222), 1998. Also available on CD, but without the
Gun Club track
- Fire Of Love - on the various artists soundtrack CD "Docteur Chance", Last Call
Records/BMG Music Publishing (3035632), August 1998
- Lucky Jim (acoustic) - Jeffrey Lee Pierce solo recording for "Drinking From Puddles", KBOO 90.7 FM, Portland,
Oregon, October 1993. Appears on the 2LP/CD "Drinking From Puddles: A Radio History", Kill Rock Stars (KRS318),
- A House Is Not A Home - on the various artists CD "Exxxile On Main Street",
Triple X, April 2000
- She's Like Heroin To Me - on the various artists CD "New Rose Story 1980-2000",
with tracks not on the 4CD-set (see below), Last Call Records (3062302), October 2000
- Sex Beat, and Goin' Down - on the de-luxe edition 4CD-set "New Rose
Story 1980-2000", Last Call Records (3062312), October 2000
- Kimiko's Dream House - a track written by Mark Lanegan and Jeffrey Lee Pierce,
appearing on Mark Lanegan's album "Field Songs", Sub Pop/Beggars Banquet (bbqcd 224),
- Sex Beat (live) - on the Target video compilation "Underground Forces Volume 3"
(1983), also includes Germs, Screamers, Flipper, Silvertone, Subhumans, D.O.A., Dead
Kennedys, John Cooper Clarke, Jaks Skateboard Team, The Raybeats and Throbbing Gristle
- Sex Beat (live) - same as above, on the Target video compilation "Hardcore
Volume 3" (1985): "... from LA the group GUN CLUB perform SEX BEAT". Other artists
on this video are Negative Trend, Screamers, Dead Kennedys, Weirdos, Iggy Pop and Avengers
- St. John's Divine (promo video) - on the New Rose Records video compilation
"New Rose On Video" (1991)
- John Hardy (live April 20, 1983) - on the Visionary Communications video
compilation "Revelations (The Video Sampler)" (1994)
- Sex Beat (live April 20, 1983) - on the Visionary Communications video
compilation "Reservoir Pussies" (1994)
- Live LA 1982 - on the Canadian "Nomad video 1997: Third Dispatch", containing movie trailers, rock 'n' roll,
and interviews. This video also includes Sid Vicious and The Dead Boys, Johnny Thunders, Charles Manson interview, Nick
Cave, GG Allin, Bill Hicks, John Lydon, and John Waters (1997) - this is Sex Beat (live) from the Target
video compilations (see above)
Read more on full length Gun Club video releases in section I
of this discography!
For details on my personal sources of parts of the above list, please go to my
bootlegs and tape/CD-R trading page!
The Gun Club & Jeffrey Lee Pierce
This list of known Gun Club and Jeffrey Lee Pierce originals, cover versions, as well as some
songs dedicated to the late Jeffrey Lee Pierce, couldn't have been compiled without the help
of the great book: "The Originals" by Arnold
Originals, Cover versions, and 'Tributes'
(4th edition, 2001 - ISBN 90-76695-02-4)! If you can read Dutch, be sure to
check it out (website also in English)!
However, any additional information is always welcome!
Originals (with other known cover versions)
- Preaching The Blues (McCoy) - original recording by Son House (1930), who
learned the song from James McCoy from Lyon, Mississippi, around 1927. Known to be
covered by Robert Johnson (as the well-known "Preaching Blues" in 1936), John Hammond
(1992), and Rory Block (also as "Preaching Blues" in 1995)
- Cool Drink Of Water Blues (Johnson) - original version by Tommy Johnson (1928).
Recorded by The Gun Club as "Cool Drink Of Water", and also covered by Howlin' Wolf
(as "I Asked For Water And You Gave Me Gasoline" in 1956), and Steve Phillips & Brendan
- I'm On This Rocket (Marvin Moore) - Marvin Moore cover. Also performed by Tav Falco's Panther Burns
- Run Through The Jungle (Fogerty) - original version by Creedence Clearwater
Revival on their 1970 Fantasy album "Cosmo's Factory", also available on (some of)
their compilation albums
- John Hardy - traditional covered by many different artists, like The Carter
Family (1928), Leadbelly (1940), Manfred Mann (1964), George Thorogood & The Delaware
Destroyers (1978), Hugo Race (1990), and Billy Childish & The Blackhands (1993)
- Fire Of Love (Jody Reynolds/Stordivant Sonya) - original version by Jody
Reynolds (1958), and amongst others available on the "Born Bad Volume Two" compilation
album, Born Bad Records 1986. Also known to be covered by MC5 (1971), Boss Hog (1992), The Nomads
(1994), and Cobra Verde
- Railroad Bill - a traditional using the melody of an English nursery rhyme
called "Dirty Bill (From Vinegar Hill)". First known recording by Will Bennett in 1929,
and also covered by Lonnie Donegan (1956), Joan Baez (1960), and by Big Foot Chester
with Texacala Jones on vocals as a tribute to Jeffrey Lee Pierce on their 2nd CD
"Tabernaclin'". Incorrectly credited to J.L. Pierce on "The Birth The Death The Ghost"
- The Creator Has A Master Plan (Sanders/Thomas) - written by Leon Thomas and
Pharoah Sanders, The Gun Club did a short instrumental version of this long long song,
originally performed by Pharoah Sanders in 1969. "The Creator HAS a Master Plan" is the
correct title of the song. On some pressings of "The Las Vegas Story" it is simply
listed as "The Master Plan", on others the song is mistitled as "... WAS a Master
- My Man's Gone Now (Gershwin/Hayward) - written by George & Ira Gershwin with
Du Bose Heyward
- Eskimo Blue Day (Slick/Kanter) - original version by Jefferson Airplane on their
1969 RCA album "Volunteers". A live version can be found on the "Woodstock Two" double
- Black Hole (Talley-Jones) - original version by The Urinals (later known as 101
Flowers) on their "Another EP", Happy Squid 1979. Also covered by Yo La Tengo on their
"Little Honda" EP, Matador 1998
- Goin' Down (Nix) - original version by Don Nix (early 1970's) - the bass-line
was copied from "Slim Jenkins' Place", the b-side of "Groovin'" by Booker T & The MG's
(1967). Also done by J.J. Cale (1972), Freddy King (1972), Jeff Beck Group (1972 -
produced by Steve Cropper), John Lee Hooker (1973), Lynch Mob (1990), Red River
(1991), Dr. Feelgood (1991), Walter Trout Band (1993), Dave Hole (1995), Tab Benoit
(1995), and the Masters Of Reality (live 1997)
- Pony Blues (Patton) - original version by Charlie Patton (1929). Also performed
by Son House (1931), Canned Heat (1969), John Campbell (as "Saddle Up My Pony" in
1993), Bob Brozman (1995), and Corey Harris (1995)
- Future Blues (Brown) - original version by Willie Brown (1930). Also known to
be covered by Rory Block (1983)
- Long Long Gone (Sims) - original version by Frankie Lee Sims from somewhere
in the 1950's. Another known cover version by the Rockets (1979)
- Bad Luck & Trouble (Hicks/West) - written by O. Hicks and J. West
- Alabama Blues (Wilkins) - original version by Robert Wilkins (1929)
- Good Times (Hopkins) - original version by Lightnin' Hopkins
- Moanin' In The Moonlight (Burnett) - original version by Chester Burnett a.k.a.
Howlin' Wolf. This song is actually called "Moaning At Midnight", and was mistitled by
JLP as "Moanin' In The Moonlight", which is really the name of the album where the song
first was included on. This was later reissued on Chess as "Evil", with a different
cover. On another Howlin' Wolf record the same song is (again!) mistitled as "MORNING
- Hardtime Killin' Floor Blues (James) - original version by Skip James (1930).
Other known cover versions are by Stefan Grossmann (1977), Terry Garland & Mark Wenner
(1991), Diamond Jim Greene (1995), and Kelly Joe Phelps (1995)
- Little Wing (Jimi Hendrix) - original version by the Jimi Hendrix Experience,
first released on the "Axis: Bold As Love" album (1967). The first - instrumental -
take (recorded October 25, 1967) of this song has been released in 2000 on the 4CD
boxset "The Jimi Hendrix Experience", and was played a little faster.
Other known cover versions are by Derek & The Dominos (1970) , Stevie Ray Vaughan &
Double Trouble (1984 - released posthumous in 1991), Sting (1987), Michael Lee Firkins
(1996 on the 3rd Jimi Hendrix Music Festival), The Corrs (1999), and Aynsley Lister
Covers & 'tributes'
- Sex Beat (french version) - by the french band Warum Joe, New Rose Records 1986
- Call Off Your Dogs - a cover of The Nomads song by the Droogs on their
"Kingdom Day" album, PVC Records 1987. Written by Jeffrey Lee Pierce and Peter
Case, Jeffrey does not appear on either track (see also above)
- Thunderhead - cover version by Meatpacker, but never released commercially
- Sex Beat - cover version by the 80's New Zealand band Earwigs Under Fire, that
used to play it live. Recordings of the song were made but never released.
- Walking With The Beast - cover version by a band called Carve My Name on their
"Young Turks" CD, Ripe & Ready 1994
- Sex Beat - cover version by Terrorgruppe from Germany on their CD-single "Keine Airbags Für Die CSU",
Gringo/Metronome (gringo-579 897-2), 1995. Also released on their "Terrorgruppe über Amerika" album, BYO 1997, on
their compilation "Nonstop Aggropop 1977-1997" double CD, Gringo/Alternation 1997, and on the various artists CD
"Punk Chartbusters Vol. 2", April 2000
- Sex Beat - cover version by the German band The Jet Bumpers on their blue vinyl
7" single "Non Stop Pepsi Party", Radio Blast 1995 or 1996
- For The Sake Of Ivy - a version by The Psyclone Rangers on their EP "Beatin' On
The Bat Pole", World Domination Records 1996. "This EP is dedicated to the memory of
Jeffrey Lee Pierce"
- Fire Spirit - version by 16 Horsepower with vocals by Bertrand Cantat from Noir
Desir on 16 Horsepower's "Partisan" single, and as a bonus track on initial reissues of
their album "Low Estate", A&M 1998. A live version is also officially available since
April 2000 on the live album "Hoarse" (Glitterhouse Records), again with vocals by
Bertrand Cantat recorded at the Paris Bataclan, October 21, 1998
- She's Like Heroin To Me - version by Kid Congo Powers' band Congo Norvell on
their "Abnormals Anonymous" album, Jetset Records 1997
- Body And Soul - Jeffrey Lee Pierce tribute by Kid Congo Powers' band Congo
Norvell on their "Abnormals Anonymous" album, Jetset Records 1997
- Under The Gun - a track dedicated to, and with 'backing vocals' (samples from "John Hardy") by Jeffrey Lee
Pierce on the Blondie comeback CD "No Exit", Beyond 1999 -
here are the lyrics -
- Sex Beat - version by Alejandro Escovedo on his "Burbonitis Blues" album,
Bloodshot Records (BS 049) 1999
- Carry Home - cover version by Mark Lanegan
(Screaming Trees vocalist) on his 4th solo album "I'll Take Care Of You", SubPop September 1999
- Mother Of Earth - cover version by the Norwegian band Madrugada as
The Silver Band feat. Kebab Kid on the various artists 2CD-set "Frozen: A Selection Of Polarized Country",
including 26 scandinavian bands, S2 Records Norway (S2CD 005) 1999
- Mother Of Earth - another (slightly different) cover version by Madrugada on their CD-single "Electric",
Virgin Records Norway (7243 8 96478 2 2) 2000. "Dedicated to Jeffrey Lee Pierce"
Madrugada also covered Carry Home, Preaching The Blues, The Fire Of Love, and The House On Highland
Ave. live. Carry Home was performed at the Knaack Klub in Berlin, Germany on March 20, 2000, a concert that was
taped by the German radio channel Radio Eins and was later broadcast. The cover version had probably not been rehearsed, as
the drums seem totally out of order and the singer could not remember most of the lyrics. But the band members are big Gun
Club fans, and also mentioned Jeffrey Lee Pierce when they played at Star Club in Dresden, Germany in 2000 -
information thanks to Reidar, webmaster of the German Madrugada
website Industrial Silence
- Ghost On The Highway - cover version by Trailer Bride on the various artists
2CD-set "Down To The Promised Land: 5 Years Of Bloodshot Records", Bloodshot Records
(BS 060) 2000
- Mother Of Earth - cover version by The Sadies on their album "Tremendous
Efforts", Bloodshot Records (BS 070) March 2001
- Sex Beat - cover version by The Beatings, as b-side on their 7" single "The
Ballad Of Jimmy & Jenny", Telegraph Records W.A.X. singles of the month club, early
2001 (contact Adam T.,
the leader of this U.S. glam punk band, for more info on this single and the band!)
- Bad Indians - a 7" vinyl single TRIBUTE to the Gun Club (limited edition of
300 hand-numbered copies, no label, non-profit private release), April 2001
In memory of Jeffrey Lee Pierce (1959 - 1996)
See The Watermelon Men...
- Railroad Bill by Killer Klown (ITA)
- My Dreams by El Fuego Del Amor (ARG)
- Jack On Fire by Shot Down (ITA)
- Black Train by Morbid Trading Company (ITA)
"This slab of vinyl was assembled and mastered in complete love-fi, lo-fi, amateur(ish')
way, so don't look for perfect sound, top notch recording and stuff like that. You got a
volume knob on your stereo: just use it, and turn it loud."
- Mother Of Earth - bluegrass version by Jason Ringenberg (ex-Jason & The Scorchers singer) on his album
"All Over Creation", Courageous Chicken 2002
- Promise Me - cover version by The Melvins, as b-side on their limited edition (2,500 copies) 7" single
"The Fool, The Meddling Idiot", Ipecac Records (IPC-024), February 10, 2003. The Melvins also used to play this song
on several occasions
- Song For JLP - a tribute song by Noir Desir - more details are welcome!
- Jeffrey Lee Pierce - another tribute song by Earthbound - more details are welcome!
Any additional information is always appreciated!
For details on my personal sources of parts of the above list, please go to my
bootlegs and tape/CD-R trading page!
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Created: March 19-22, 1998
Last updated: February 28, 2003 by Ger Potze.