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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)
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Product Description

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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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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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. 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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Format:Audio CD
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Eh.
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. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Marten Koops
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album, even better on vinyl
What a great album, and I can't believe I found it on vinyl for such a good price! Really loving it.
Published 22 months ago by Maeby
5.0 out of 5 stars Gimme Five....
I forgot how good this release was....It's a fixture in my car CD player at the moment!
Published on July 17 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute classic album
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... Read more
Published on June 3 2004 by PSM/Bokor
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's Get Drunkererer!!!
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. Read more
Published on May 4 2004 by Six
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. 28 2004 by Hairy Potter III
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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