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Violent Femmes (Deluxe Edition) (20th Ann Ed) (Bonus CD)

Violent Femmes Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. Blister In The Sun
2. Kiss Off
3. Please Do Not Go
4. Add It Up
5. Confessions
6. Prove My Love
7. Promise
8. To The Kill
9. Gone Daddy Gone
10. Good Feeling
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Special (Live)
2. Country Death Song (Live)
3. To The Kill (Live)
4. Never Tell (Live)
5. Break Song (Live)
6. Her Television (Live)
7. How Do You Say Goodbye (Live)
8. Theme And Variations (Live)
9. Prove My Love (Live)
10. Gone Daddy Gone (Live)
See all 15 tracks on this disc

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Emerging, literally, from the streets of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where they gained notoriety through busking, this strange trio led by guitarist-vocalist Gordon Gano became a cult favorite with their self-titled debut album in 1983. Influenced greatly by Jonathan Richman's Modern Lovers, the Femmes' minimalist sound pitted Gano's low-volume electric guitar against Brian Ritchie's acoustic bass guitar and Victor De Lorenzo's ashcanlike homemade drum kit--all of which only served to make Gano's angst-ridden adolescent tirades more arresting. Highlights here are the rockabillyish "Gone Daddy Gone," the snotty "Kiss Off," and the emblematically nervous "Blister in the Sun." All in all, a fond reminder of the innocent days of alt-rock. Note: this deluxe, 20th anniversary version of the album includes an additional 26 demos and live tunes, 22 of them never before released. --Billy Altman

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This goes beyond the usual "deluxe edition." You get the Femme's 1983 debut LP ( Blister in the Sun; Kiss Off; Please Do Not Go; Add It Up , etc.) plus demos of all of the above and more. That's disc one; disc two has unissued live recordings of Gone Daddy Gone; Promise; Country Death Song; To the Kill; Never Tell , and more by Milwaukee's indie-rock heroes!

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3.0 out of 5 stars Eh. April 8 2014
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
I was really excited to have found a copy of this album online and promptly ordered it. Shipped relatively slowly but i don't mind that truly. The thing I am disappointed with is vinyl itself, it skips more than too many times per side to be acceptable especially on my new setup. Too bad really, just be careful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album, even better on vinyl Dec 15 2012
By Maeby
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
What a great album, and I can't believe I found it on vinyl for such a good price! Really loving it.
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By "13ad"
Format:Audio CD
Well, 20 years, and still "rocking".
Da femmes, an indescribably delicious band, have been fulfilling my music needs since I first heard a copy of a copy of a scratchy record of this fine album. On my...Western Auto Spark-O-Matic Tape player and home speakers bungee corded in the back of my 1980 Pontiac Sunbird, I found my music. Gano screeching my frustrations, Ritchie vibrating my car, and DeLorenzo pounding my senses... and now, here it is better, louder, and with new and improved features...
Girl Trouble, Breakin' Up, and In Style would make it worth the asking price alone, but instead I get it all. 2 CD's.. the original, the demos, the live stuff, and an interview... wow. Rhino got it right.
I bought the day it came out, bought a copy for my wife, and have been telling anybody who bothers to listen to me to get it..
No one has been disappointed, and no one will.
But don't stop here. Get more albums... and become ONE with the Femmes...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gimme Five.... July 18 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I forgot how good this release was....It's a fixture in my car CD player at the moment!
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Format:Audio CD
This album is, in the very best way, like a perfect pair of toenail clippers.
That is: it's something you don't use all the time, but every so often you realize, "It's been too long, I need something..." and it occurs to you that only one thing will do the job. Either toenail clippers, or "The Violent Femmes."
It shouldn't work. The instruments are simple and spare and loosey-goosey. Gano's voice is weird and the lyrics tend to be whiny and self-pitying. And yet the whole thing stands up as a remarkably fun, wonderful little album.
Aside from the music, one of the best things about "The Violent Femmes" is its bizarre, broad appeal. It always gets a smile when played at a party and beyond all reason it gets people of all shapes and sizes singing along. When I was in high school and college, all the cool freaky girls liked this record. As well as some of the regular girls who were really freaky girls pretending to be regular, even back in the day when Bon Jovi and Poison supplied pep rally soundtrack.
But that was a long time ago, and it seems like people are still picking up on it. It's a nice thought that one of the sonic staples of my teen angst period is now being picked up by kids who've heard Beck and The White Stripes first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute classic album June 3 2004
Format:Audio CD
I can't believe I'm the first person to review this album; I just assumed that there would be hundreds of reviews praising the songs and the band. I'm shocked...
This is a masterpiece; this is a must have album for anyone who appreciates punk and/or rock music. I can't fathom anyone not loving this album. It's poetry; it's teenage angst; it's unique in its musical stylings.
The Violent Femmes are brilliant musicians who redefined the genre of punk music.
Buy this album!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let's Get Drunkererer!!! May 5 2004
By Six
Format:Audio CD
This album is just about as perfect as an album can be for being so minimal. Great songs to just chill and get drunk to. Gordon Gano is an awesome song writer, and the acoustics of the bass and guitar are just heavy as hell...BOMBASTIC!!! Chances are you probably own this album already, but if you don't, get it...you NEED it!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Energy, sincerity, but lacking in style April 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
I realize this music is supposed to be angry and a little rough-edged, but some of these songs approach the unlistenable. The uneven vocal on 'Promise' makes my spine tense like the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard. 'Confessions' and 'Please Do Not Go,' while sounding excellent most of the time, also have certain lines which show a complete disregard for harmony, melody and meter. Some artists can make dissonance sound good, but the Femmes don't seem to have that artistry.
The album's best songs are the simplest and catchiest; 'Kiss Off,' 'Prove My Love, 'Gone Daddy Gone' and the extra track 'Ugly,' and of course the anthemic 'Blister in the Sun.' 'Add It Up' is another problem altogether; if you can accept this sheer volume of angst and sexual frustration, or even relate to it, you'll probably like it; it's definitley one of the purest and deepest expressions of a certain sentiment in modern music, even if some people will find that sentiment a bit gratuitous.
Again, I know that Gano wasn't aiming to be pretty, but songs like 'Blister in the Sun' prove that the Femmes were capable of making something tuneful as well as emotive, and I wish they had been more consistent about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Liberating. A rite of passage.
However and whenever a listener hears this album for the first time will always go down as a distinct memory. Read more
Published on April 8 2004 by William H Wheeler Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars It touched my soul
I was 19, the love of my life had left me for another man. As I lay on the floor in a haze of alcohol and pain pills I listened to this album, over and over. Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2004 by Hairy Potter III
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than getting hit in the face by Bruce Lee!
I was really freaking out; it was the middle of the night, freezing cold, my car wouldn't start, and I was covered with blood from head to toe! Read more
Published on Dec 8 2003 by Patrick McGee
5.0 out of 5 stars One note and I'm back in high school.
The first time I heard the Femmes, I felt that finally, FINALLY, someone had articulated exactly what it was like to be me: 16 years old, writhing with anxiety, tormented by... Read more
Published on Aug. 19 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A dream come true for Violent Femmes fans
The Violent Femmes' 1983 self-titled debut is one of the most groundbreaking, important, influential, and enjoyable albums ever released, a musical testament that speaks to all... Read more
Published on July 26 2003 by Daniel Jolley
5.0 out of 5 stars just classic, its amazing this came out in the 80's
I loved this album when I first heard it, a friend played it on a road trip when my Mom was driving the fat suburban to the lake at 14 years old and it hasn't aged a bit. Read more
Published on April 24 2003 by Stan Wyber
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