Mother Juno

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Mother Juno
Gun Club Mother Juno.JPG
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 17, 1987
RecordedSummer 1987
StudioHansa Tonstudio, Berlin
GenrePost-punk, punk rock, alternative rock, blues rock
Red Rhino[2]
ProducerRobin Guthrie[3]
The Gun Club chronology
The Las Vegas Story
Mother Juno
Pastoral Hide and Seek
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[4]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[5]
The Guardian4/5 stars[3]
MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide4.5/5 stars[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[7]
Spin Alternative Record Guide7/10[8]

Mother Juno is an album by The Gun Club, released in 1987.[9][10] It was produced by Robin Guthrie of the Cocteau Twins.

"Yellow Eyes" was originally entitled "Funky Junkie"; "Nobody's City" was originally "Sleepy Times Blues." The original recordings of Mother Juno were released as Mother Berlin in 2015 on Bang! Records, containing an additional track, "Country One."


The album was recorded in Berlin.[11] The recording took 14 days.[2] The cover used a painting by Claus Castenskiold, the Danish-born painter.[1]


The album did well on the independent and college charts, peaking at #3 on the UK indie and #1 on the CMJ charts.[12]

Critical reception[]

Trouser Press wrote: "On songs like 'The Breaking Hands' ... producer Robin Guthrie of the Cocteau Twins spins a delicately layered web of sound; more straightforward numbers like the shimmying 'Thunderhead' recast the old energy in slightly more linear terms, although guest Blixa Bargeld does his best to tilt 'Yellow Eyes' on its axis."[1] The Rolling Stone Album Guide called the album "swamp music for thinking people."[7]

Track listing[]

Original 1987 album[]

All tracks composed by Jeffrey Lee Pierce

  1. "Bill Bailey" – 3:39
  2. "Thunderhead" – 3:28
  3. "Lupita Screams" – 3:12
  4. "Yellow Eyes" – 6:30
  5. "The Breaking Hands" – 4:12
  6. "Araby" – 3:01
  7. "Heart" – 3:59
  8. "My Cousin Kim" – 2:47
  9. "Port of Souls" – 4:49

2005 Remaster (SFTRI 765)[]

All tracks composed by Jeffrey Lee Pierce

  1. "Bill Bailey"
  2. "Thunderhead"
  3. "Lupita Screams"
  4. "Yellow Eyes"
  5. "The Breaking Hands"
  6. "Araby"
  7. "Heart"
  8. "My Cousin Kim"
  9. "Port of Souls"
  10. "Crabdance"
  11. "Nobody's City"


The Gun Club


  • Lincoln Fong - engineer
  • André Giere - assistant engineer
  • Claus Castenskiold - sleeve painting


  1. ^ Jump up to: a b c "Gun Club". Trouser Press. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  2. ^ Jump up to: a b "Reloaded Gun Club Takes Aim Again". Los Angeles Times. April 3, 1988.
  3. ^ Jump up to: a b Simpson, Dave (December 2, 2005). "CD: The Gun Club, Mother Juno" – via
  4. ^ AllMusic Review
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Volume 4: MUZE. p. 39.CS1 maint: location (link)
  6. ^ MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Visible Ink Press. 1999. p. 514.
  7. ^ Jump up to: a b The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Random House. 1992. p. 294.
  8. ^ Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. 1995. p. 172.
  9. ^ Buckley, Peter (October 9, 2003). The Rough Guide to Rock. Rough Guides. ISBN 9781843531050 – via Google Books.
  10. ^ "The Gun Club | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  11. ^ "The Gun Club's 'Mother Juno' Treated to Deluxe Vinyl Reissue".
  12. ^ Thompson, Dave (October 9, 2000). Alternative Rock. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 9780879306076 – via Google Books.

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