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Violent Femmes

The textbook American cult band of the 1980s, the Violent Femmes captured the essence of teen angst with remarkable precision; raw and jittery, the trio's music found little commercial success but nonetheless emerged as the soundtrack for the lives of troubled adolescents the world over. The group formed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the early '80s, and comprised singer/guitarist Gordon Gano, bassist Brian Ritchie and percussionist Victor DeLorenzo; Ritchie originated the band's oxymoronic name, adopting the word "femme" from the Milwaukee area's slang for wimps. After being discovered by the Pretenders' James Honeyman-Scott, the Violent Femmes signed to Slash and issued their self-titled 1983 debut, a melodic folk-punk collection which struck an obvious chord with young listeners who felt a strong connection to bitter, frustrated songs like "Blister in the Sun," "Kiss Off" and "Add It Up." Though never a chart hit, the album remained a rite of passage for succeeding generations of teen outsiders, and after close to a decade in release, it finally achieved platinum status.

With 1984's Hallowed Ground, Gano's lyrics began to reflect his devout Baptist upbringing, while the Femmes' music approached more traditional folk and country structures. Produced by Talking Heads' Jerry Harrison, 1986's The Blind Leading the Naked advanced towards a more mainstream sound; a cover of the T. Rex chestnut "Children of the Revolution" even became a minor hit. After the record's release, the Femmes temporarily disbanded: Gano recorded a self-titled 1987 album with his gospel side project the Mercy Seat, while Ritchie issued a series of solo LPs including 1987's The Blend and 1989's Sonic Temple & Court of Babylon for SST. (I See a Noise appeared on Dali Records in 1990.) In 1989, the group resurfaced with 3, and followed in 1991 with Why Do Birds Sing?, which featured the Femmes' deconstructionist cover of Culture Club's "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?"

Following the release of the 1993 compilation Add It Up (1981-1993), DeLorenzo exited the Violent Femmes to resume the solo career he began two years prior with the release of Peter Corey Sent Me; his sophomore effort, Pancake Day, appeared in 1996. Former Oil Tasters and BoDeans drummer Guy Hoffman was tapped as DeLorenzo's replacement in time to record 1994's New Times for Elektra Records which proved their sole release for the label. Rock!!!!! was released in 1995 on Mushroom Records only in Australia; the live Viva Wisconsin followed on the American indie label Beyond in 1999, trailed early the next year by a new studio effort, Freak Magnet. In the spring of 2001, the Femmes released their first MP3-only album, Something's Wrong, through the website EMusic.com; it collected an assortment of rarities, including covers, acoustic live tracks, alternate versions, demos, and the like. In 2002, Rhino/Slash reissued their debut as a two-disc Deluxe Edition that featured twenty-two previously unreleased tracks, followed by Permanent Record: The Very Best Of in 2005. ~ Jason Ankeny
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:)
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⚡️❤️⚡️
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✨❤️✨
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Brian Viglione of Dreden Dolls is now their drummer.
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Every time I listen to them it brings me back to my childhood of being pissed off and happy at the same time
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ritchiec53
Heard them last night @ Treasure Island Casino in MN. Awesome show with Colion Hay and Bare Naked Ladies. Way fun. My kids got to meet their cousin Brian Ritche. A few great photos.
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Blister in the sun , such a good song ❤️❤️❤️❤️
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Waukesha Wisconsin to be exact
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erovette
Best band of the 80's
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mrsjkp555
I just love this one!
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saw them at Maritime days in Milwaukee early to mid 90s


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Gonna add it up...add it up....
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For everyone who asked, Blister in the sun is about heroin
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Great music for running!
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zindlerj3
Great song, love this band, it's a break from commerical crap.
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lawson093
8=========== = = = = = = = = = D
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After one night in particular with one especially hot and exxxotic woman of Iranian descent I can never listen to the Femmes and not think of her. PLAY> REPEAT ARTIST, over and over again...
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Just kidding .fun awkward music.
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They were big. For people who dont like good music. Why is this on fugazi radio.
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They sucked back then and haven't gotten better with age

FUC% YOU BOB.
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Yea, yea they are the greatest things since pockets. ��
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Aaaaahahah.. . N i i i i i c e ! ! ! Used to LOVE Violent Femmes!!!
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damitab5
Love this song. #highschool #memories
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Love dis song #21
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My mom told me about them!
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WHY CAN'T I GET JUST ONE F**K
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jwmkbalentin e
I really like this jam.. Brings back all kinds of memories :-)
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toshaflaniga n
Always need alittle VF's throughout my day!!! Saw them in 91'...good times, great band, awesome memories!!
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like this
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F**k ya
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AWESOME
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after today I will stop and I will start
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Is this song about jacking off!?!? That's kinda weird
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Your hands are not big enough. You aren't the one.
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Weird band.
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Why won't Pandora show the lyrics like it used to before ��
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nicko252008
Yeah these guys should have been HUGE. if they were from LA they would have.
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simonl760
Cheavinece what does it do
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Say Arianna
Clap 5 times post this on 5 other songs and check your voice
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amye45
bobo can't help it, he's old..he wrote Dylan a letter back in the day that said unplug that guitar from the amp you no good talent-less hack
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Obviously bobonnit.... . y o u don't get it.
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Band of my childhood.

Rock.
On.
Violent Femmes!
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Rip Tommy Ramone
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Uh huh
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Saq them at 930 club jn dc in 88 and again at first lollapalooza in 91. Amazing band
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Is it sad that I only remember them cuz they were on Sabrina the teenage witch? I'm such a loser XD
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They sucked back then and haven't gotten better with age
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saw them in 89 for 3$
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Saw them on my college campus back in 1989. They sucked live.
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Im high as a lite and im so strung out
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