Tribute to Jeffrey Lee Pierce

20:00–22:10 – 7.7.2018.

Da nije platio danak razuzdanom životu, 27. lipnja bi Jeffrey Lee Pierce napunio 60 godina. Ovo je ‘tribute to’ izdanje eXita posvećeno njegovom naslijeđu, u viđenju njegovih suradnika i prijatelja!

Da kojim slučajem nije umro relativno mlad koncem ožujka 1996., Jeffrey Lee Pierce bi 27.lipnja napunio šezdeset godina.

U svakom slučaju, nepuna četiri desetljeća života i više od dvadesetak godina stvaralaštva rezultiralo je pozamašnim i impozantnim glazbenim opusom!

Već sredinom sedamdesetih će Jeffrey uz podršku Briana Tristana (poznatijeg kao Kid Kongo Powers) utemeljiti prvu postavu svojeg životnog projekta, kultnog sastava The Gun Club. Bend će tijekom naredna dva desetljeća djelovati uz povremene prekide u radu te u brojnim postavama,snimivši sedam izvrsnih albuma (od kojih je vrijedno spomenuti prvijenac Fire of Love (1981.), Miami (1982.), Mother Juno (1987.) te posljednji Lucky Jim (1993.)), kao i brojne singlove.

Također, ostvario je i brojne kolaboracije, a 1985. objavljuje i dva samostalna albuma, Flamingo i Wildweed.

Nažalost, Jeffrey je bio jedan od onih koji su, povevši se za rock’n’roll krilaticom o brzom i intezivnom životu otišli prerano. Posljednjeg dana ožujka 1996. plaća danak dugogodišnjoj ovisnosti o heroinu i alkoholu. Kao razlog smrti navedeno je moždano krvarenje.

In early 1996, he went to Japan, and right before he left, he and I were at his mom’s in LA writing songs. He seemed in really good health—sometimes he wasn’t in such good health, sometimes he could barely walk because he was so fucked up. When he came back from Japan, he left me a couple of messages on my answering machine. He sounded completely out of his mind, though not like he was drunk. 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. The hospital turned him away saying, there’s nothing we can do for him, his liver’s shut down, he’s dying. After this, I get a call from him; he was up in Utah and he sounded normal. And I said, what the hell, man, everyone’s saying you’re going to die. And he said, they always say that. And a week later, he fell into a coma and died.

/Mark Lanegan/

He looked increasingly ill, I mean, we all did, but Jeffrey looked particularly so. His pallor, you know. He was physically suffering. And then he went to Japan. I think he got involved in some kind of relief work … Helping earthquake victims. This seemed to have a positive effect on him, you know, spiritually. Then he went back to the States. The phone calls that I got from him there, he seemed really well. Or comparatively well. And happy, you know. And then, I think, Henry Rollins phoned me to tell me that he died.

/Nick Cave/

Tek dva sitna detalja – Jeffrey Lee Pierce je gostovao pri snimanu albuma Let Love In (1994.) Nicka Cavea & The Bad Seedsa, a za Marka Lanegana je napisao rudimentarnu verziju pjesme Kimiko’s Dream House, koja će se konačno naći na albumu Field Songs iz 2001.

Petnaestak godina nakon Jeffreyjeve prerane smrti njegovi bliski prijatelji i suradnici  (između ostalih Nick Cave, Mark Lanegan, David Eugene Edwards, Steve Wynn, Mick Harvey i drugi) snimaju dva posvetna albuma sastavljena kako od skladbi iz The Gun Club faze i sa samostalnih albuma, tako i onih prethodno neobjavljenih.

Ove su snimke ugledale svjetlo dana na tribute to albumima We Are Only Riders (2010.) i The Journey is Long (2012.), te sačinjavaju okosnicu ovotjednog posvetnog izdanja emisije eXit. Možda ovakav pristup neće naići na odobravanje zadrtih Jeffreyjevih fanova (među kojima je i potpisnik ovih redaka), no najbolji je način kojim se može ovjekovječiti njegov uistinu ogroman ali nažalost rijetko spominjan utjecaj na ostatak glazbene scene.

Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project:  We Are Only Riders/The Journey Is Long (2010./2012.)

01 Nick Cave – Ramblin’ Mind 3:10
02 Mark Lanegan – Constant Waiting 3:40
03 The Raveonettes – Free To Walk 3:02
04 Debbie Harry – Lucky Jim 4:06
05 Lydia Lunch – My Cadillac 4:42
06 David Eugene Edwards – Ramblin’ Mind 3:43
07 The Sadies – Constant Waiting 3:20
08 Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Free To Walk 2:54
09 Lydia Lunch – St. Marks Place 2:52
10 Crippled Black Phoenix – Bells On The River 7:53
11 Cypress Grove – Ramblin’ Mind 4:09
12 Johnny Dowd – Constant Waiting 2:18
13 Nick Cave & Debbie Harry – Free To Walk 3:09
14 Mick Harvey – The Snow Country 3:54
15 David Eugene Edwards & Crippled Black Phoenix – Like A Mexican Love 6:08
16 Lydia Lunch & The JLP Sessions Project – Walkin’ Down The Street (Doin’ My Thing) 6:32
17 Nick Cave – City In Pain 4:02
18 Hugo Race – I’m Going Upstairs 4:07
19 Steve Wynn – From Death To Texas 4:05
20 Mark Lanegan & Isobel Campbell – The Breaking Hands 4:23
21 Bertrand Cantat, Pascal Humbert, Warren Ellis, Cypress Grove – Rose’s Blues 3:00
22 Thalia Zedek & Chris Brokaw – Zonar Roze 2:52
23 Cypress Grove – L.A. County Jail Blues 3:18
24 Barry Adamson – I Wanna Be You 4:14
25 Mick Harvey – Sonny Boy 2:49
26 Vertical Smile (4) – Book Of Love 3:39
27 Astro-Unicorn – Body And Soul 4:45
28 Lydia Lunch – The Brink 3:34
29 Nick Cave & Deborah Harry – The Breaking Hands 2:18
30 Tex Perkins & Lydia Lunch – In My Room 3:58
31 Tav Falco’s Panther Burns – The Jungle Book 3:55
32 Mick Harvey – St. Mark’s Place 4:56
33 The Jim Jones Revue – Ain’t My Problem Baby 3:22

 

06/07/2018

autor: Vjeran Stojanac

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