Violent Femmes - Deluxe Edition

An undisputed classic of the American rock underground, the Violent Femmes' 1982 self-titled debut still shines with its original luster. Quirky, catchy, innovative, and explosive, the Femmes made what was probably the first acoustic punk-folk-rockabilly-New Wave document for the dispossessed. The formula is as ingenious as it is simple--a trio playing guitar, bass, and drums runs through songs of adolescent angst, vulnerability, and social/sexual frustration.
In addition to their distinctive, minimal sound--guitarist Gordon Gano's rhythmic chord progressions filled out by Brian Ritchie's fluid bass and Victor De Lorenzo's aggressive brushwork on the drums--it is Gano's singing and superb songwriting that earmarks VIOLENT FEMMES. For the most part, Gano sounds like a psychotic, self-pitying, hormonally crazed teenager as he whines, stutters, and yowls his way through these remarkable songs. This two-disc deluxe edition includes rarities and live tracks, in addition to the paranoid "Kiss Off", the slinky "Gone Daddy Gone", and the lusty "Add It Up". And, of course, anyone who was a teenager in the '80s knows the glorious "Blister in the Sun", a seemingly permanent staple of dance venues across the United States.

Review:

CMJ - Ranked #13 in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1983".
Q - 4 stars out of 5 - "...This debut still sounds remarkably fresh today....An object lesson in reissue science."
Uncut - 4 stars out of 5 - "Innocent fun from an overlooked era."
CMJ - Ranked #13 in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1983".
Q (9/02, p.130) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...This debut still sounds remarkably fresh today....An object lesson in reissue science."
Artist(s):
VIOLENT FEMMES
Format:
CD

Description

An undisputed classic of the American rock underground, the Violent Femmes' 1982 self-titled debut still shines with its original luster. Quirky, catchy, innovative, and explosive, the Femmes made what was probably the first acoustic punk-folk-rockabilly-New Wave document for the dispossessed. The formula is as ingenious as it is simple--a trio playing guitar, bass, and drums runs through songs of adolescent angst, vulnerability, and social/sexual frustration.
In addition to their distinctive, minimal sound--guitarist Gordon Gano's rhythmic chord progressions filled out by Brian Ritchie's fluid bass and Victor De Lorenzo's aggressive brushwork on the drums--it is Gano's singing and superb songwriting that earmarks VIOLENT FEMMES. For the most part, Gano sounds like a psychotic, self-pitying, hormonally crazed teenager as he whines, stutters, and yowls his way through these remarkable songs. This two-disc deluxe edition includes rarities and live tracks, in addition to the paranoid "Kiss Off", the slinky "Gone Daddy Gone", and the lusty "Add It Up". And, of course, anyone who was a teenager in the '80s knows the glorious "Blister in the Sun", a seemingly permanent staple of dance venues across the United States.

Review:

CMJ - Ranked #13 in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1983".
Q - 4 stars out of 5 - "...This debut still sounds remarkably fresh today....An object lesson in reissue science."
Uncut - 4 stars out of 5 - "Innocent fun from an overlooked era."
CMJ - Ranked #13 in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1983".
Q (9/02, p.130) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...This debut still sounds remarkably fresh today....An object lesson in reissue science."

Product details

Producer:
VIOLENT FEMMES, Mark VanHecke, Marc Salata
Recording Type:
Studio & Live
Label:
Rhino
Duration (sec):
7942
Sound Type:
Stereo

Listen to tracks

Disk 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
  • 11. Girl Trouble
  • 12. Breakin' Up
  • 13. Waiting For The Bus
  • 14. Blister In The Sun - Demo
  • 15. Kiss Off - Demo
  • 16. Please Do Not Go - Demo
  • 17. Add It Up - Demo
  • 18. Confessions - Demo
  • 19. Prove My Love - Demo
  • 20. Ugly
  • 21. Gimme The Car

Disk 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
  • 11. Promise - Live
  • 12. In Style - Live
  • 13. Add It Up - Live
  • 14. Michael Feldman - Live
  • 15. Kiss Off - Live

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