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Written mostly while he was still in high school, the debut album by Gordon Gano’s Violent Femmes is a lacerating document of youthful desire. Gano, an adenoidal acoustic guitarist who played fast and frisky songs, was never shy about ripping his heart (and sometimes his guts) out and throwing them down on the table in a song. "Please Do Not Go" is an anthem for any ditched boy or girl, Gano pleading and explaining himself. "Prove My Love" hits the same sweet spot, layering amateurish doo-wop harmonies with splayed sentiment. Gano is no romantic pushover, but he’s definitely a dork, and his songs leave little to be understood; he doesn’t exactly work in metaphor. Enduring pop smash "Blister in the Sun" is the money shot here, and the xylophone-a-thon "Gone Daddy Gone" has its stewards, but it’s the yearning "Add It Up," a horny boy’s lament — "Why can’t I get just one screw?" Gano wails — that defines this surprisingly angry masterwork of alternative pop. It’s fast, it’s angry, and it’s thrilling. Femmes at their finest.