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Permanent Record: The Very Best of Violent Femmes

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Very Best Of compilation is comprised of 17 tracks including 'Blister In The Sun', 'Add It Up', 'Children Of The Revolution' (LP version), 'Breakin Up' (LP version), 'Freak Magnet' (Album version), 'Jesus Walking On Water' plus more. Warner. 2005.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Gimme the Car
  2. Blister in the Sun
  3. Gone Daddy Gone/I Just Want To Make Love To You
  4. Kiss Off
  5. Add It Up
  6. Black Girls
  7. Jesus Walking on the Water
  8. Children of the Revolution
  9. I Held Her In My Arms
  10. Nightmares
  11. American Music
  12. Breakin' Up
  13. Color Me Once
  14. I Danced
  15. Country Death Song (Live, 1998)
  16. Freak Magnet


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 12, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0009F66J0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,907 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
There are some who would call their self-titled album their "best of", and while it is a great album, this is a good collection too. The first five tracks here are from that album, and are well chosen. Then a couple from "Hallowed Ground", and a couple from "Blind Leading The Naked". From "3" we get only "Nightmares". I personally love that album and still think it's underrated. Toss on "American Music", "Color Me Once" from "The Crow" soundtrack, and a few more of their later songs and this is a fine overview of the Violent Femmes career. If this also included "Prove My Love" and "World We're Living In" I'd have no complaints. Still, this is most of the best.
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Personally I would have swapped "Out the Window" for "Black Girls," but the choices were acceptable. The disc contain two live acoustic numbers that are quite good, especially the hidden track (track #20). Great band that makes it hard to narrow down a "greatest hits" album down to one CD.
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Ok, a two disc set is really what is in order for this band. I know many feel all you need is the first disc and I disagree. Yes, I remember back in the late 80's being introduced to this band (first album) by a buddies house drinking tom collins' on a warm summer day. First album has a place in my heart like it does for everyone else. The second album by this band is great, just different from the first which is why it was not given the acclaim. Then go through their other albums and as this cd shows they have many very good to great songs. Color me once really is once of the best songs they have ever made in my opinion and that was made a decade after their first album.
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I have a number of their cassettes and I needed to something for my MP3 player since I am going to see them this summer at Red Rocks. I have forgotten how good these guys are. So many good memories playing these guys from my days at KBHU at Black Hills State. Great CD if you have never heard them before. They are truly under appreciated as a band in the whole of US music.
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By Star on August 29, 2013
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I just bought this being a teen in the 90's it's totally my music. If you know and like the violent femmes you'll like there very best album.
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By Tina on February 10, 2013
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It's the Violent Femmes... how bad can it be. I loved them when I was a teen and frankly, I still love them now.
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An in your face, no holds barred CD with some of the most popular songs from the 80s, and some that should have been, but were not due to some language that banned them from being played on air.
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Rock'n'roll in its pure & untouched form. Listening to it, especially to the early "Add it up" or the late ballad "Color me once" is a bliss.
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