L.A.M.F. – The Heartbreakers (1977)


L.A.M.F. is the only studio album by the American band The Heartbreakers, which included Johnny Thunders, Jerry Nolan, Walter Lure and Billy Rath. The music is a mixture of punk and rock and roll. ‘L.A.M.F.’ stands for ‘Like a Mother Fucker’; in a 1977 interview in the UK monthly magazine Zigzag, Thunders said this originated from New York gang graffiti. Thunders claimed the gangs would add the LAMF tag after writing their gang name. However, if they were on another gang’s territory they would write ‘D.T.K.L.A.M.F’ (Down to Kill Like a Mother Fucker). The original, vinyl release of the album has been criticised for having a lackluster sound despite several attempts to remix it. The Heartbreakers had been trying to get a record contract in the United States since their formation in 1975. In the autumn of 1976, Malcolm McLaren, who had informally managed the New York Dolls in their waning days, invited the band to come to England and participate in the Sex Pistols’ Anarchy tour, along with The Clash and The Damned, who were replaced by Buzzcocks shortly after the tour commenced. The band accepted the offer, arriving in London on December 1, the same day that the Pistols swore at Bill Grundy on live, prime-time television, which precipitated the cancellation of most of the tour. Stranded in England with little money after the Anarchy tour came to a halt, the band contemplated a retreat to New York, but their manager, Leee Black Childers, convinced them to stay in England, believing that they would be more successful there. After several gigs in London, Track Records offered the Heartbreakers a recording contract. …”
Wikipedia
Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers: L.A.M.F.- The Lost ’77 Mixes – Album Review (Video)
Pitchfork
Discogs (Video), L.A.M.F. (The Lost ’77 Mixes) (Video)
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YouTube: L.A.M.F. (Revisited) FULL ALBUM, L.A.M.F. (full album, original cassette mix)

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