Sunday, June 19, 2011


Jeffrey Lee Pierce- Wildweed (1985) MP3 & FLAC


"With your mind on fire and raving the end, you open the gates and welcome the men."

One look at the cover of Jeffrey Lee Pierce's solo debut--in which he is seen standing casually, maybe even reflectively, in a sparsely populated desert-scape with a shotgun propped on his shoulder--and the subject matter of the songs comprising the album becomes undeniably evident: tales of self-destruction and murder. While anyone familiar with Pierce's incomparable work with his influential noir-punk band The Gun Club will know that these topics are nothing new for him, what is distinctive about Wildweed is the significantly more polished (perhaps too polished) sound of the album and its emphasis on alt-pop structures over his usual Blues-derived fare. Recorded in London, Wildweed  is, among other things, a great place to hear some of Pierce's Television-inspired guitar work and some of his most accomplished songs. Wildweed begins with "Love and Desperation," a strange, almost Ska-like concoction, which features some great tongue-in-cheek vocals from Pierce and a guitar solo dripping with histrionics. This is followed by "Sex Killer," one of the poppier songs on the album, and though it suffers from over-produced eighties-style percussion, Pierce's grimy vocals ultimately take the song over. One of Wildweed's absolute gems is "Hey Juana," which features lyrics that mention Nick Cave and a catchy walking bass line that keeps the song moving at a torrid pace. While not as consistently great as the better Gun Club albums, Wildweed is, nevertheless, a worthy representation of Pierce's singular talents.

Wildweed
1. Love and Desperation  (5:10)
2. Sex Killer  (3:08)
3. Cleopatra Dreams On  (3:30)
4. From Temptation to You  (4:56)
5. Sensitivity  (3:29)
6. Hey Juana  (3:12)
7. Love Circus  (5:25)
8. Wildweed  (2:41)
9. The Midnight Promise/ Open the Door Osiris  (7:33)
10. The Fertility Goddess/ Portrait of the Artist in Hell  (3:56)
11. Chris and Maggie Meet Blind Willie McTell at a James Brown Concert  (1:55)



14 comments:

  1. mr Watermelon man. He did his rock 'n' roll role as it should be and left us laughing. He was real. Glad saw him once.

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  2. thanks voixautre, had this back when it came out, but it vanished along the way. you're right about the production, i remember at the time thinking how much better it could've sounded. looking forward to hearing it again.

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  3. Remington 870 Pistol Grip With Tube ExtensionJune 19, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    It might be an off album but it beats some (c)rap anyday of the week. *hee hee*

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  4. ranxerox, did you see him solo or with The Gun Club?

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  5. bedlam, I hadn't heard this one in a while myself, and despite the production, it's a very good album. Has some great songs

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  6. Remington, I actually think it's quite a good album, but yes, completely agree

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  7. oh yes, i probably sounded more negative than i intended to voixautre - it got played over and over and over. got a bad case of jealousy here ranxerox.

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  8. I think I had this too at some point. Looking forward to giving it a listen again. Thank you Mr. Voixautre!

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  9. It was a Gun Club concert Voix, Kid Kongo included.Just AMAZING!!

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  10. scurfie, no problem. Just another gem that wasn't posted anywhere for some reason

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  11. ranxerox, I'm insanely jealous :)

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  12. Thanks so much voixautre , you must be psychic to upload this when I've been thinking of it so much in the last fortnight.
    I've got the vinyl, but nothing to play it on.
    Domo arigato,
    Levin

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  13. Levin, you're welcome. I was surprised this one wasn't available in lossless anywhere. Glad I could change that :)

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  14. Got the vinyl, but nothing to play it on.
    So,MANY thanks,
    Okay it's a bit rough round the edges, but it doesn't lessen the listening pleasure.
    Levin

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