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Violent Femmes (Deluxe Edition) (20th Ann Ed) (Bonus CD)
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|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|
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|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
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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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 ›
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
This is a 5 star record, but the sound of this one is a bummer. Really too much like the Collector's edition version of the CD. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Geee!
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 morePublished on April 8 2014 by Marten Koops
What a great album, and I can't believe I found it on vinyl for such a good price! Really loving it.Published on Dec 15 2012 by Maeby
I forgot how good this release was....It's a fixture in my car CD player at the moment!Published on July 17 2004
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 morePublished on June 3 2004 by PSM/Bokor
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 morePublished on May 4 2004 by Six
I realize this music is supposed to be angry and a little rough-edged, but some of these songs approach the unlistenable. Read morePublished on April 27 2004 by Henry Platte
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 morePublished on Jan. 28 2004 by Hairy Potter III