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Violent Femmes

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Blister In The Sun
Kiss Off
Please Do Not Go
Add It Up
Prove My Love
To The Kill
Gone Daddy Gone
Good Feeling
Ugly [1983 Rough Trade UK Single]
Gimme The Car [1983 Rough Trade UK Single]
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 43:39

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A lacerating document of youthful desire.
1996 | Label: Rhino/Slash

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.… read more »

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At first listen, seems like a garage band but with each subsequent listen, it is apparent that there is some real talent here and eventually it catches on like a virus. Amazing what these guys can do with a guitar, bass, snare and cymbal! Best Femmes, which is saying something.

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Throbbing with teenage angst


This isn't posturing, it's real. Check out the French group Louise Attaque which was named and modeled after the VF's.

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One of the 80's classics!!!!!


Man, what an album! I love and hate it at the same time! I've heard this at least 50 million times and, yes, it does get old. But it's like comfort food,somehow I never really get tired of it. If you wanted to kick it and party with the little punk rock girls back in the day, you'd better be prepared to hear it over and over(and over and over....)again!But what the hell,the 80's(and beyond)wouldn't have been the same without this album!(even if it was my ex-wife's favorite!)

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Great Drive-Time Sing-Along


The Violent Femmes put on a great live show. The music doesn't suffer like some bands do when they leave the studio. This album has many of my favorite tunes on it and I could give a flying ...um...(you know what I mean) when people see me driving my Smart Car and singing along to "Blister In The Sun" at the top of my lungs while sitting in traffic or flying down the highway heading to a party. If you don't know the Violent Femmes (and who between the ages of 13 and 50 doesn't?) then this is a great album to start your collection. When you think of Wisconsin don't think of the Green Bay Packers or cheese...think Violent Femmes.

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The Very Best


I'm not sure I could trust someone who doesn't like the (early) Violent Femmes...

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You pissed-off, kid?


Violent Femmes know how you feel. Download it and sing your guts out. Wear it as a badge of honor.

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The femmes are awesome still


The Violent Femmes were indy before indy was cool. Their first CD was pure underground indy rock long before people started calling stuff indy and long before it was 'cool'. Thier hooks are sharp and song writing is on point. Ganto's songs are still blistering today 26 years after this albums original release. People still light up when 'Blister in the Sun' is played and Add It Up is a total classic. Do your self a favor and get this CD!

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What an album


If you don't own it, or should I say have it memorized by now, you should....

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One of the most distinctive records of the early alternative movement and an enduring cult classic, Violent Femmes weds the geeky, child-man persona of Jonathan Richman and the tense, jittery, hyperactive feel of new wave in an unlikely context: raw, amateurish acoustic folk-rock. The music also owes something to the Modern Lovers’ minimalism, but powered by Brian Ritchie’s busy acoustic bass riffing and the urgency and wild abandon of punk rock, the Femmes forged a sound all their own. Still, the main reason Violent Femmes became the preferred soundtrack for the lives of many an angst-ridden teenager is lead singer and songwriter Gordon Gano. Naive and childish one minute, bitterly frustrated and rebellious the next, Gano’s vocals perfectly captured the contradictions of adolescence and the difficulties of making the transition to adulthood. Clever lyrical flourishes didn’t hurt either; while “Blister In the Sun” has deservedly become a standard, “Kiss Off”‘s chant-along “count-up” section, “Add It Up”‘s escalating “Why can’t I get just one…” couplets, and “Gimme the Car”‘s profanity-obscuring guitar bends ensured that Gano’s intensely vulnerable confessions of despair and maladjustment came off as catchy and humorous as well. Even if the songwriting slips a bit on occasion, Gano’s personality keeps the music engaging and compelling without overindulging in his seemingly willful naiveté. For the remainder of their career, the group would only approach this level in isolated moments. – Steve Huey

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