- Audio CD (Oct. 17 2000)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Slash
- ASIN: B00004YLBC
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
|1. Blister In The Sun|
|2. Kiss Off|
|3. Please Do Not Go|
|4. Add It Up|
|6. Prove My Love|
|8. To The Kill|
|9. Gone Daddy Gone|
|10. Good Feeling|
|12. Gimme The Car|
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...
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.
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!
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.
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.Read more ›