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Violent Femmes
Violent Femmes
Violent Femmes
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
 
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Emerging, literally, from the streets of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where it gained notoriety through busking, this strange trio led by guitarist/vocalist Gordon Gano became a cult favorite with its 1983 debut album. Influenced...  more »

      
   

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All Artists: Violent Femmes
Title: Violent Femmes
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 2
Label: Polygram
Original Release Date: 1/1/1996
Re-Release Date: 7/30/1996
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Hardcore & Punk, New Wave & Post-Punk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 042282803528

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Emerging, literally, from the streets of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where it gained notoriety through busking, this strange trio led by guitarist/vocalist Gordon Gano became a cult favorite with its 1983 debut album. 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 that much more arresting. Highlights here are the almost-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. --Billy Altman

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One Album Wonders
Brian D. Rubendall | Oakton, VA | 09/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Violent Femmes only made one good album, but what a great album it is! The sound and attitude are absolutely unique and combine with a batch of great songs to make for a thoroughly enjoyable album. It is filled with classic songs, including "Blister in the Sun," "Add it Up," "Please Do Not Go," "Kiss Off," Gone Daddy Gone," and "Good Feeling." A pure blast of post-punk pleasure, it is the one Femmes album that qualifies as a must-own."
Poppy tunes with desperate lyrics
sofia warkander | helsingborg, sweden | 06/02/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"i never thought i'd do this, but when i saw the review posted below this, i felt i should. violent femmes isn't about nonsensical lyrics and little happy ditties. despite it's melodic pop beats, there is a blatant desperation and depression if you only take the time to listen to the text. because of this mix, this is my favourite violent femmes' debut album. it is one of the best cd's i've come across in my life, and would easily get a place among the twenty cd's i would bring to a deserted island."
5 Stars (Add it Up)
Brian D. Rubendall | 06/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If I could get up on stage, and have a drummer and bassist with me, then this is the sound and these would be the words I'd wanna perform...brilliant, sparse but melodic, mournful and passionate, catchy and clever. Listening to it recently, it remains remarkable undated, and the lead singer reminds me of Lou Reed backed by a skiffle band. Excellent!"