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VIOLENT FEMMES [Vinyl] [Original recording remastered]

Violent FemmesVinyl
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl (September 9, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • ASIN: B00009ZUDE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,912 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
11. Ugly [*]
12. Gimme the Car [*]

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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the Catcher in the Rye of Rock and Roll September 16, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I remember picking up the cassette of this when it first came out and going for a ride in the car to give it a listen. By the time I got around to playing it for the second time, I was singing along to the songs like they had been decade old classics. The Violent Feemes had struck gold on their first release. A band in 1983 that played mostly acoustic instuments like upright bass, xylaphone and trash can drums was quite rare, and to do so with more passion than any of the current hardcore punk bands was shocking. Gordon Gano filtered Holden Caulfield through Lou Reed with a touch of Jonathon Richman, to create teen angst classics for that time, and times to come. The Femmes would falter after the release of their second album Hallowed Ground and would perhaps be forgotten as mere footnotes if not for their first album. In some ways this became the Dark Side of the Moon for the eighties generation. Enjoy it.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Nice To See This Re-Issued.... October 19, 2000
By Paul H.
Format:Audio CD
I went nuts when this album went out of print since I didn't have it. The debut self-titled release from the Femmes is hailed as the only Violent Femmes album you'll ever need, and I was surprised to see it discontinued. But I found it some time ago and know it is being re-issued. This album is the classic I hoped it to be. Many of the Femmes biggest songs are here including "Blister In The Sun", "Kiss Off", "Gone Daddy Gone", and "Add It Up." But every song on here is great from "Please Don't Go" to "Prove My Love" to "Promises." The Femmes sound is completely unique: think folk-inspired acoustic rock with a swift kick of punk in there. Gordon's lyrics are sad and angsty, yet sort of funny at times as he begs and pleads to "get just one kiss" [and a few other things ;) ] in "Add It Up" and counts down his depressions one-by-one in "Kiss Off." Bottom line: Don't miss out again; pick this up now!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dream come true for Violent Femmes fans July 26, 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One note and I'm back in high school. August 19, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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 hormones, wishing desperately to be someone else. It's hard to believe that 20 years have gone by -- these songs are still as fresh and edgy as if they'd been written yesterday. Go ahead, put on "Kiss Off" and scream along when Gordon Gano starts that crescendoing rant about "one, one, one 'cause you left me and two, two, two for my family and three, three, three for my heartache and four, four, four for my headache..." and see if you don't feel like you're 16 again, too.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original February 20, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Violent Femmes' landmark debut album redefined punk music with their maverick acoustic sound. KROQ in Los Angeles put Blister in the Sun into heavy rotation. This catchy little song (actually more like the skeleton of a song) has the habit of showing up in the funniest places including in the repatoire of a hockey arena organist. The tortured and nervous lyrics of this first album lets you perfectly imagine the sweaty foreheads of some demented characters. Oddly, front man Gordon Gano makes it cool to be weak - on the verge on some breakdown and on the verge of lashing out. Most often he sounds like a sexually warped character alienated from, or obsessing over dependence on, some female. Other times he is a characature of someone disenfranchised from the rest of us at large. The jagged guitar work (reminds me of those of Pivot Foots guitarist Brent Walker) matches his obsessions and serves to echo them like his mental demons nodding and jumping up and down in agreement with all his sentiments. We the audience witness the whole mental illness dancing party. They were once described as a "coffee house trio gone insane." This album is a an absolute must have.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Received the item in no time and have enjoyed every minute of owning it
Published 1 day ago by Nick Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Gone Daddy Gone!
Kept hearing "Gone Daddy Gone" on the background music in a restaurant.
Couldn't place it, found out it was Violent Femmes. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
Their best by far. Brings back lots of good memories. Format I purchase was in vinyl, super clear. Recommend this format to anyone looking to experience this classic album again.
Published 3 months ago by George Barbzoa
5.0 out of 5 stars a question
Is this, perhaps, the best album of the 1980s? There's surely a good claim to be made for Murmur or Nebraska or Joshua Tree or some Talking Heads or you fill in the blank. Read more
Published 3 months ago by B. Steele
5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite.
A favorite album of mine. This sounds great on vinyl. No real pops or hiss at all & best of all, no skipping. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jesse Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential album
**This review is an update**

In the early 90's, when I wanted something that wasn't new wave pop or hair metal, the Violent Femmes' sound came off as surprisingly fresh. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Studio Orange
4.0 out of 5 stars This album is timeless
I remember the first time I heard this album. I loved it immediately. Still love it over 20 years later except it's better now because I can sing along. Read more
Published 5 months ago by katmandu
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Albums of the 80's
It's hard to believe but I still find myself singin' to these songs some 30 years later. I say if you were an 80's kid this should bring back fond memories. Its all about the beat.
Published 6 months ago by Patrick J. Price
5.0 out of 5 stars 5/5
Bought a used CD but it was flawless. This is one of my favorite albums and I'm really satisfied with my purchase.
Published 7 months ago by Cassie
5.0 out of 5 stars YAY
Arrived a day early :) whenever we heard the Violent Femmes on the radio, my mom would absolutely go crazy, and she told me that she was trying to find this CD, but could never... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Carla
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