Add It Up (1981-1993) [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Add It Up is not quite the definitive Violent Femmes compilation one might hope for, even if it does feature 23 tracks and adds essential later items missing from their first comp, Debacle: The First Decade. There are several charming rarities to hook dedicated fans, who will likely find several favorites missing perhaps another song or two could have been substituted for the between-song bits. The group's self-titled debut does a better job of encapsulating why they were important, and remains the first Femmes album to buy; besides, no compilation that includes live versions of "Kiss Off" and "Add It Up" in place of the original studio cuts can claim to be definitive. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Add It Up is not quite the definitive Violent Femmes compilation one might hope for, even if it does feature 23 tracks and adds essential later items missing from their first comp, Debacle: The First Decade. There are several charming rarities to hook dedicated fans, who will likely find several favorites missing perhaps another song or two could have been substituted for the between-song bits. The group's self-titled debut does a better job of encapsulating why they were important, and remains the first Femmes album to buy; besides, no compilation that includes live versions of "Kiss Off" and "Add It Up" in place of the original studio cuts can claim to be definitive. However, even casual fans who enjoyed Violent Femmes will find post-debut songs like "American Music" and "I Held Her in My Arms" to be essential, so even if Add It Up is a little too imperfect to be a necessary first purchase, it's definitely a necessary second purchase. Unless you're a die-hard fan, it will likely be the only other Violent Femmes disc you'll need.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/1993
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 093624540328
  • Catalog Number: 45403
  • Sales rank: 56,267

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:15)
  2. 2 Waiting for the Bus (2:06)
  3. 3 Blister in the Sun (2:23)
  4. 4 Gone Daddy Gone (3:05)
  5. 5 Gordon's Message (0:26)
  6. 6 Gimme the Car (5:05)
  7. 7 Country Death Song (5:00)
  8. 8 Black Girls (5:41)
  9. 9 Jesus Walking on the Water (3:05)
  10. 10 36-24-36 (1:47)
  11. 11 I Held Her in My Arms (3:01)
  12. 12 I Hate the TV (2:09)
  13. 13 America Is (2:10)
  14. 14 Old Mother Reagan (0:33)
  15. 15 Degradation (0:35)
  16. 16 Dance, Motherfucker, Dance! (3:17)
  17. 17 Lies (5:45)
  18. 18 American Music (3:55)
  19. 19 Out the Window (2:54)
  20. 20 Kiss Off (4:55)
  21. 21 Add It Up (5:56)
  22. 22 Vancouver (2:15)
  23. 23 Johnny (5:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Violent Femmes Primary Artist
Tony Trischka Banjo
Ashwin Batish Sitar
Jerry Harrison Soprano Saxophone
Brian Ritchie Bass, Guitar, Jew's Harp, Vocals, Xylophone, Multi Instruments, Didjeridu, Jaw Harp
Victor de Lorenzo Drums, Vocals, Human Whistle, Multi Instruments
Sigmund Snopek III Organ, Piano, Trombone
Peter Balestrieri Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Michael Beinhorn Organ
Gordon Gano Fiddle, Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Michael Kashou Conch
Tom Mandel Keyboards
John Zorn Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Voices
Dominick Placco Trumpet
Caleb Alexander Tenor Saxophone
Cynthia Gayneau Vocals
Christina Houghton Autoharp
Bob Jennings Tenor Saxophone
Drake Scott Cornet, Multi Instruments
Technical Credits
Jerry Harrison Producer
Elliott Murphy Liner Notes
Violent Femmes Producer
Victor de Lorenzo Engineer
Michael Beinhorn Producer
Warren A. Bruleigh Producer, Engineer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Glen Lorbiecki Engineer
Susan Rogers Engineer
Mark VanHecke Producer
David Vartanian Engineer
Dave Neitzke Engineer
Caleb Alexander Engineer
Chris Thomas Engineer
Jack Hargreaves Artwork, Label Design
Ken Hansen Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pretty much every emotion...

    is expressed through the vocals and this album is simply a fun time. I've loved VF for a long time...its worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    luved it

    I luved this one, it has all they're best songs. Plus "Add it up", "Kiss off" and a couple others, are live, and i think they're even better than the ones recorded in the studio.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Ever

    This cd is one of the best I have ever heard. It is full of great song after song.

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    Posted April 30, 2009

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