The Heartbreakers were formed in 1975 out of the ashes of the New York Dolls. Signed in 1977 to The Who’s British label, Track Records, this is their only studio recording. “L.A.M.F.” reportedly stands for “Like a Mother Fucker.” When the album was released, there was universal criticism of the sound quality, which was later blamed on the vinyl manufacturing process. After Track Records went out of business, manager Leee Black Childers acquired The Heartbreakers’ tapes.
In 1982, Jungle Records acquired the tapes from Childers. In 1984, Thunders and Tony James of Generation X remixed L.A.M.F., which gave the album a rebirth as L.A.M.F. Revisited. The Revisited version eliminates “All by Myself,” replacing it with “Can’t Keep My Eyes On You” and a cover of the Contours’ “Do You Love Me,” neither of which appeared on the original release. Jungle released a recompiled version in 1994 as The Lost ’77 Mixes, which has been widely praised as the best available. It was subsequently remastered by Jungle in 2002. This is a repackaged and yet-again remastered edition prepared to coincide with the album’s 40th anniversary in 2017.
- Johnny Thunders – vocals, guitar
- Walter Lure – vocals, guitar
- Billy Rath – bass
- Jerry Nolan – drums, vocals