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

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  • Audio CD (June 25 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rhino-Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000066RM6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,112 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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!

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William H Wheeler Jr. on April 8 2004
Format: Audio CD
However and whenever a listener hears this album for the first time will always go down as a distinct memory. In this reviewer's case, I was introduced to the Femmes through my sister, and forever changed. I was (still am, actually) really into hard rock/metal, so what did I want to listen to a few whiny dudes from Wisconsin for? An attitude that was totally crushed upon first listen.
The Femmes would move on to wear out dub after dub in my cassette player, and eventually be my first real club show. Gano, Ritchie, and DeLorenzo produce the simplest form of folk-alt-rock: a three piece acoustic/light electric outfit with a drummer that always uses brushes, and plays standing up (?). The key ingredient to their recipe for success is attitude and faithful representation of what it's like to be young and in (or out of) love.
From the oft-mimicked catchy riff of "Blister in the Sun" to the delightful depression of "Confessions" the album is completely satisfactory to 'real world' teen angst, or what anyone can relate to on some level. Not to downplay the significance of violence in urban areas, but that issue doesn't seem to grip anyone raised in a "Fairview" or "Springfield." On the reverse side, even a youngster from Compton knows what its like to be rejected.
This self titled album also contains the gem, "Add it up." The most ridiculously attitude ridden song on this effort. Liberating. Truly liberating. "Did he just say that? Woah! Yeah, me too!" A listen will reveal exactly what I mean. (assuming the longshot that any reader hasn't already) "Gone Daddy Gone" is the only rock/pop hit that this reviewer knows of to feature xylophone as a primary instrument.
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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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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! I was really afraid that someone would see me, or a cop would drive by, "did anyone hear those screams?" I thought over and over again, and then I would spend the rest of my life eating cubed jello in the state penn.
I would NEVER make it out, i worried as I twisted the key in the ignition; the car belched and groaned, but never started!
I said to myself, "This is it..." and pulled the gun out of my glovebox, still warm, one bullet left, and put it in my mouth, and then the funniest thing happenned! Blister in the Sun, by the Violent Femmes, started playing on the car radio, and I smiled and started to laugh. The absurdity of the situation! This GREAT song saved my life! THIS IS COMPLETELY TRUE!
And then my car started! Most likely because this particular song is SO AWESOME that the car felt obligated to move!
So I dug through all of the purses in the trunk of may car for few bucks, and set it aside to buy this album once the record store openned.
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By Daniel Jolley TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 26 2003
Format: Audio CD
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 dispossessed souls then, now, and probably forever. Teenagers were particularly drawn to this music in the band's early years, at least those who were fortunate enough to learn of these extraordinary three guys from Milwaukee. I will always associate my angst-filled teen years with groups such as the Violent Femmes, The Cure, and The Smiths because these guys seemed to relate to my own anxieties and frustrations in a way no one around me possibly could. This quirky, uniquely acoustic music has always spoken to those who feel set apart from those around them, who ask questions that no one else asks, and wonder why no one understands them. Over twenty years later, this album is still influencing those of us who grew up with Gordon Gano, Brian Ritchie, and Victor Delorenzo, but even more incredibly it continues to have a real impact on the next generation of young people searching for meaning in a confusing world.
The original album featured ten songs, every single one of which rates as an anthem in my book. No college party would ever have been complete without the blasting out of such tracks as Blister in the Sun, Kiss Off, or Add it Up. The true heart of the group revealed itself on songs such as Promise, Prove My Love, and Gone Daddy Gone, while Please Do Not Go took me places I had never been before. Confessions is a bravely honest song set amidst a musical backdrop of sometimes pure cacophony. Then there was Good Feeling, a beautiful, almost happy song that sounded like nothing else on the album.
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