Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers ‘Down To Kill’

2 CDs + 1 DVD set

A 3-disc set made up from all previously unreleased Heartbreakers material has been put together by Jungle! The set features one disc of studio recordings including newly found 1976 sessions and a track with The Ramones; another disc of a classic 1977 gig now remixed and complete; and a DVD of 50 minutes of unseen footage from various venues. All in first-rate quality – a veritable feast for Thunders & Heartbreakers fans!

DISC 1 leads with a newly discovered demo session recorded in Staten Island NY in 1976 – before they came to London for the Sex Pistols’ ‘Anarchy Tour’ – and freshly mixed in 2005. You can hear the early workouts of tracks mostly later heard on the ‘L.A.M.F.’ album and the only studio version of ‘Take A Chance On Me’. Then there’s another unheard song ‘Flight’ from the 1975 demo session with Richard Hell on bass. Walter Lure played many sessions with The Ramones; here he takes lead vocals with the Ramones on ‘Street Fighting Man’, on a day when Joey didn’t turn up. The CD is completed with four tracks from two other studio sessions in 1977 & 1978.

DISC 2 has the legendary Speakeasy tapes from 1977 with Johnny abusing the audience remixed in 2005. They’re now in unexpurgated glory and clarity with all 15 tracks together for the first time.

DISC 3. This DVD has 50 minutes of unseen film footage. Five tracks are live at the Lyceum which didn’t fit on the ‘DEAD OR ALIVE’ video, four acoustic tracks are live in Greenhouse Studio, and six tracks live at The Marquee in August 1984, all with back-stage scenes from the venues. The DVD also has four separate ‘extras’ sections:- the Lyceum soundcheck; a glimpse of Johnny’s TV and tabloid troubles in Sweden; a clip from a French film; and a video-clip for ‘Get Off The Phone’. Worth the price of the whole package alone!

The package comes with 24 pages of booklets including an interview with Walter Lure by Nina Antonia, Kris Needs’ original 1982 ‘DTK’ sleeve-notes, some Swedish newspaper tabloid frenzy in 1982, and of course lots of contemporary photos.

DISC 1 – ‘RAW & RARE’ Newly discovered unreleased studio recordings. Staten Island demos ‘76: Born To Lose, Can’t Keep My Eyes On You, Do You Love Me, It’s Not Enough, Take A Chance, I Love You, Get Off The Phone (instr.), I Wanna Be Loved (instr.),Demo ’75: Flight; Walter Lure & The Ramones: Street Fighting Man; Heroes: Too Much Junkie Business, Seven Day Weekend; Riverside demos 1977: London Boys, Too Much Junkie Business.
DISC 2 – ‘COMPLETE SPEAKEASY 1977’ Two live sets remixed in 2005. Set 1: Chinese Rocks, Get Off The Phone, All By Myself, Let Go, Can’t Keep My Eyes On You, I Love You, Born To Lose, I Wanna Be Loved; Set 2: Do You Love Me?, Chinese Rocks, Get Off The Phone, All By Myself, Going Steady, I Love You, I Wanna Be Loved.
DISC 3 – DVD: ‘ARRESTED ALIVE’ 50 mins of unseen footage filmed in 1984. Lyceum: All By Myself, Let Go, I Wanna Be Loved, Copy Cat, Can’t Keep My Eyes On You; Greenhouse Studio: Hurt Me, Sad Vacation, Diary Of A Lover, Like A Rolling Stone; Marquee: Can’t Keep My Eyes On You, Sad Vacation, Who Do Voodoo, I Love You, Little Bit Of Whore, Pipeline; Lyceum Soundcheck: Alone I A Crowd riff, Don’t You Mess With Cupid, One Track Mind; In Trouble In Sweden: In Cold Blood/Who Needs Girls?; French Film clip; Memorabilia clip: Get Off The Phone.

FREUDCD084 UK release: November 28th 05