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Violent Femmes [Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

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

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  • Audio CD (June 18, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1983
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000066RM6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,088 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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)
See all 15 tracks on this disc

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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

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!

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53 of 57 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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21 of 23 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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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Violent Femmes' Debut is Also their Best July 12, 2002
Format:Audio CD
The Violent Femmes proved the old popular music adage that you have your whole life to record your debut album and 18 months to record your second. They were never able to repeat this stunning, successful beginning. The band's folk-punk sound and ameturish vocals take a little getting used to, but once you do, cathcy songs like "Add it Up," "Blister in the Sun," and "Please Do Not Go" become irresistable. The subject matter rarely strays from the boy-can't-get-ANY-girl theme summed up memorably by the "Add it Up" verse "Why can't I get just one kiss?" etc. The original album ended with the achingly pretty and longing ballad "Good Feeling," though the CD version unfortunately adds two middling bonus tracks after it.
Overall, "Violent Femmes" is the one truly vital album from the band of the same name.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 5 months ago by Carla
5.0 out of 5 stars Great deal
I cant believe that I got this album for $4.99. I got it plus a digital download. I first bought this on tape.
Published 7 months ago by JB
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