Nick Cave, Blondie’s Debbie Harry, Mark Lanegan and more will appear on a tribute to late Gun Club frontman Jeffrey Lee Pierce.
The Gun Club were a dark outlaw blues band from Los Angeles, led by the flamboyant frontman Jeffrey Lee Pierce.
He was the former head of the Blondie fan club, and the band signed to Chris Stein’s record label in the early-’80s and ended up sharing members with Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, The Cure, and Roxy Music throughout a tumultuous career.
Pierce died young, suffering a stroke and brain hemorrhage in 1996 at the age of 37.
While The Gun Club never hit the popular heights of their contemporaries, numerous stars cite The Gun Club as an influence, including Jack White, The Pixies, The Horrors and The Screaming Trees.
The forthcoming album The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project – The Journey is Long sees fans and friends interpret, and in some cases complete, unreleased songs by Pierce.
Nick Cave and Debbie Harry duet on ‘The Breaking Hands’, Tex Perkins and Lydia Lunch on ‘In My Room’, and Mark Lanegan and Isobel Campbell on ‘The Breaking Hands’.
Other artists to contribute include Hugo Race, Jim Jones Revue, Mick Harvey, Warren Ellis and Barry Adamson.
The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project – The Journey is Long will be released on April 9.