Lure, Burke, Stinson & Kramer – ‘L.A.M.F. Live At The Bowery Electric’ (Jungle Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 23 November 2017 04:00

LAMF Live at the Bowery Electric LP sleeve 3000pxCertainly, one of my favourite albums of all time was ‘L.A.M.F.’ - it had everything.  Cool title, cool cover, dangerous subject matter, a sound that shaped my musical landscape for decades to come, and one that I still get a rush from every time I play it. 

 

Sadly, three of the four legends are no longer with us, and that saddens me greatly. However, when I saw Walter (Lure) taking these magical songs out on the road several years ago, I couldn't travel the 400 miles round trip to see him do so quick enough; several times since I've been lucky enough to catch these songs get an airing in public - but none have such a weight of talent and music biz gravitas as this one. 

 

The fanboy in me began swooning as soon as I read the names Stinson, Burke and Kramer and the iconic ‘L.A.M.F.’ moniker: it was such a shame that this didn't come to London - at the very least I'd crawl over broken glass to make that show! But, for now, those jolly decent folks at Jungle were wise enough to record the set and put it out for us mere mortals to revel in - and boy is it a beautiful shamble, in all the best ways?

 

All 14 tracks are played out in sequence and they flow beautifully, just like the bourbon by the sounds of it.  They were joined on stage by New York legend Jesse Malin, who cranks out 'I Wanna Be Loved'; but, before that, Tommy does his best on the Thunders vocals for iconic opener 'Born To Lose' and 'Baby Talk'. Then, Jesse steps up: 'It's Not Enough' is held together by a thread and Malin playing acoustic – man, I love these songs! 

 

Walter and Tommy do a great effort on the Dee Dee classic 'Chinese Rocks': not only does Clem Burke have the best rock ‘n’ roll barnet, bar none, he is also a phenomenal drummer: apart from having style and panache, man he's a machine. It must be great to have a player like him stoking the fire in the engine room.  Not that anyone would, but the punk rock pedigree in these songs is none more evident than a blistering version of 'Get Off The Phone'. 

 

By 'Pirate Love' these cats are on fire and not only is Jesse back on stage but the band are now joined by Cheetah Chrome for a super sleazy groove.  Now live albums can be very hit or miss, but some just seem to work, and this is certainly one, not just because its ‘L.A.M.F.’: it's still hard to believe that the original ground-breaking and genre-defining original is 40 years old.

 

 

Liza Colby takes over vocal duties on 'I Love You' as guests get up, rock out and the chaos goes on, but the music never suffers - not even when Wayne Kramer takes over 'Let Go' and gives its melody a twist.  Onto the finale of 'Do You Love Me' and it's gone finito over. 

 

I guess somewhere, or other, Johnny, Jerry and Billy are smiling or rather laughing their asses off at one of if not the most important album made in 1977, bar none.  A love letter to junk and down ‘n’ dirty rock ‘n’ roll that has stood the test of time: no matter who is playing, the spirit of the original players courses through the veins of Lure, Burke, Stinson and Kramer no question about it.  I'm not crying, I've just got a speck of dust in my eye. 

 

‘Like A Mother Fucker’ has been respectfully honoured in the best place and by the best people: a mightily fine live album no question about it folks and well worth the investment.  Loose and loud, raise a glass to the original players for such a monolithic collection of tunes folks - and to Walter and whoever is trusted with this legacy of greatness. Chin, chin, I salute you all!

 

‘L.A.M.F. Live At The Bowery Electric’ is out now. You can get your copy HERE.

 

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