L.A. Guns: Acoustic Gypsy

Have you played bass in this band yet?

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When you see a poster advertising an L.A. Guns show, you can be forgiven for wondering who will turn up to play. This is the band, after all, that has had 43 line-up changes, featured 13 bassists, nine lead singers and that also has a shadow outfit, Phil Lewis’s L.A. Guns, on the circuit too.

This acoustic album was recorded in February, time enough for singer Jizzy Pearl to have left before its release. Which is a shame, because Acoustic Gypsy, its appalling title apart, has plenty going for it.

Despite his own prior efforts to prove the contrary, Pearl can sing, and LA Guns can play. The songs are well arranged, and the set builds nicely towards the immortal Sex Action, which as an acoustic number is tongue-in-cheek brilliant. The Ballad Of Jayne is great, too, a lost hit from a lost band.

Jon Hotten

Jon Hotten is an English author and journalist. He is best known for the books Muscle: A Writer's Trip Through a Sport with No Boundaries and The Years of the Locust. In June 2015 he published a novel, My Life And The Beautiful Music (Cape), based on his time in LA in the late 80s reporting on the heavy metal scene. He was a contributor to Kerrang! magazine from 1987–92 and currently contributes to Classic Rock. Hotten is the author of the popular cricket blog, The Old Batsman, and since February 2013 is a frequent contributor to The Cordon cricket blog at Cricinfo. His most recent book, Bat, Ball & Field, was published in 2022.