More than 30 years later, "Fire of Love" is still a lava hot smoking platter of rock & roll madness. Back in '81, the connection between punk & blues had not been clearly drawn. The Brits had ignored the connection (probably because it was too closely associated with the Clapton/Green/Page/et al guitar gods they wanted to dethrone). Americans were focusing more on 60s Nuggets acts.
Coming out of the LA scene, Jeffrey Lee Pierce reconnects to the primal force of the blues, energized by the punk bands of his time.
It's interesting to hear how much this sounds like the Dream Syndicate in hindsight. There's more of an instrumental emphasis than you might expect from the scene. But unlike, say Television, this isn't NY avant instrumental prowess, but that clearly evolved from the rock scene.