I find his racism repellent and unacceptable
True, but he did elevate the speaker to the level of tough-guy, ice-cool narrator, creating a real crappy ambivalence that is pretty problematic. I doubt if most listeners find the song's narrator to be abhorrent -- in fact, he's presented for your sympathy. I love Johnny Cash, but I think that particular song is a commercial tie-in (live in prison routine) and lacks the authenticity of his great work.When Johnny Cash sang "I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die", he wasn't condoning shooting people.
doubt if most listeners find the song's narrator to be abhorrent -- in fact, he's presented for your sympathy
Wow . I’ve heard the name but admit I know nothing of this band - I’m gonna have to check em outI saw them in the early '80s. They were a great live band.
They don't get credit for being as influential as they were... especially their second album, Miami. If you listen to the song Brother and Sister, it's obvious where REM's guitar sound came from. REM also copied the chanting on the song Watermelon Man on This One Goes Out To The One I Love. Gun Club was a huge influence on bands like Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt and Wilco as well.