The most underrated GUN CLUB record in my book, and until the past few years one of the hardest to find, is the five-song 1983 â€œDEATH PARTYâ€ EP. This record came after what many, including me, believe to be a very mediocre album, 1982â€™s â€œMiamiâ€, which is a classic, textbook sophomore slump. After â€œFIRE OF LOVEâ€, one of the greatest debuts of all time and one of the finest American rock records of any era, expectations were through the roof that these Los Angelinos could turn in another ten songs of hopped-up punk rock bluesarama hellfire, but they didnâ€™t even come close, opting instead to let the folks from BLONDIE (!) put their record out, and allowing them to water down the sound and fury considerably. Thatâ€™s why a year later, when â€œDeath Partyâ€ came out, it mustâ€™ve been a total slap in the face to hear the snarling, fire-and-brimstone backwater blues of the band back in place again. The EP itself came packaged in one of those thin 12â€ picture sleeves popular at the time, and I never remember seeing it around. I always thought it was an â€œimportâ€, and until Sympathy put it out on CD with a bunch of extra live tracks in 2004, my copy was one of the only ones Iâ€™d ever seen.
Hereâ€™s the hellish title track, easily the best thing the band ever did outside of the ten masterpieces on â€œFIRE OF LOVEâ€.
Play or Download THE GUN CLUB â€“ â€œDeath Partyâ€