>The Return Of Friday Night Is Rockabilly Night 17

A smoking tune from 1958, Jody Reynolds’ slow, spooky, bass riff led Fire Of Love. A seriously good song. So good, Jeffrey Lee Pierce took it’s title for the first, definitive, Gun Club album and then recorded a cover for The Gun Club’s Miami (which I posted ages ago). He looked pretty sharp too.

‘The fire of love
Is burning deep
The fire of love
Won’t let me sleep’

>Miami Beach


Sticking with American alternative 80s this is The Fire Of Love by The Gun Club. Their first album, also called The Fire Of Love, was an electric punk blues tour de force. The follow up album Miami was recorded with a largely different band and saw Jeffrey Lee Pierce go slower and spookier, and whilst it’s not as good as the debut, it still has it’s moments. The Fire Of Love is an old Jody Reynolds song. None of it really reflects what a stereotypically British view of Miami is, no bronzed bodies and flash cars, more like what Greil Marcus called ‘the old, weird America’. And the cover does at least feature palm trees.

The Fire of Love.mp3