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Permanent Record: The Very Best Of

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
When Slash/Reprise released Add It Up 1981-1993 in September of 1993, it was a bit of a slap in the face for die-hard Violent Femmes fans. Though the 23 tracks of "hits," rarities, and live cuts were more than appreciated, the group's supporters were once again forced to try explaining to the unconverted what the fuss was all about. Ever since their self-titled debut, which has become a right of passage for anyone embarking on puberty, fans have had to defend the group's forays into folk, country, jazz, pop, and rock, not to mention their protagonist's constant battle with spirituality both Christian and demonic, with equal parts passion and frustration. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
When Slash/Reprise released Add It Up 1981-1993 in September of 1993, it was a bit of a slap in the face for die-hard Violent Femmes fans. Though the 23 tracks of "hits," rarities, and live cuts were more than appreciated, the group's supporters were once again forced to try explaining to the unconverted what the fuss was all about. Ever since their self-titled debut, which has become a right of passage for anyone embarking on puberty, fans have had to defend the group's forays into folk, country, jazz, pop, and rock, not to mention their protagonist's constant battle with spirituality both Christian and demonic, with equal parts passion and frustration. Permanent Record: The Very Best Of is a more coherent collection by far, providing both longtime fans and newbies with a solid hour of concise teen, artistic, and spiritual angst, most of which is just as cathartic now as it was in the '80s. The fact that such sexually charged and explicit songs as "Add It Up" and "Blister in the Sun" have found such a secure place in American pop culture is a testament not only to the group's raw talent, but its timeliness. In an era when punk sold out to corporate pop, the trio's bare-bones acoustic setup and melodic teen-rage sarcasm inspired a cultlike fervor among those who were willing to take the trip, and what a strange trip indeed. That the schoolyard simplicity of a track like "Kiss Off" would lead to a full John Zorn freak-out horn section on the subversive anthem "Black Girls," or that an old Appalachian praise & worship number "Jesus Walking On the Water" would share the same slab of vinyl as the murderous "Country Death Song," goes so far beyond the term "forward-thinking" -- or more appropriately, polarizing -- that it's a wonder anybody had the nerve to follow them at all. Permanent Record captures all of the schizophrenic bliss that fueled the group's long road to legend without all the filler that made Add It Up such a challenge for the uninitiated.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/12/2005
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227847227
  • Catalog Number: 78472
  • Sales rank: 104,530

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gimme the Car (5:08)
  2. 2 Blister in the Sun (2:24)
  3. 3 Gone Daddy Gone/I Just Want to Make Love to You (3:06)
  4. 4 Kiss Off (2:56)
  5. 5 Add It Up (4:45)
  6. 6 Black Girls (5:42)
  7. 7 Jesus Walking on the Water (3:08)
  8. 8 Children of the Revolution (4:19)
  9. 9 I Held Her in My Arms (2:53)
  10. 10 Nightmares (3:33)
  11. 11 American Music (3:50)
  12. 12 Breakin' Up (4:01)
  13. 13 Color Me Once (4:12)
  14. 14 I Danced (2:12)
  15. 15 Country Death Song (4:55)
  16. 16 Freak Magnet (2:35)
  17. 17 [Untitled Hidden Track] (0:05)
  18. 18 [Untitled Hidden Track] (0:05)
  19. 19 [Untitled Hidden Track] (0:05)
  20. 20 Good Feeling (4:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Violent Femmes Primary Artist
Jerry Harrison Guitar, Keyboards
Brian Ritchie Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Xylophone, Didjeridu, Acoustic Bass, Soloist, Reed Organ, Jaw Harp
Victor de Lorenzo Drums, Bass Drums, Tambourine, Vocals, Timpani, Snare Drums, sleigh bells, Tranceaphone
Sigmund Snopek III Organ
Peter Balestrieri Tenor Saxophone
Michael Beinhorn Hammond Organ
Michael Blair Drums, Vocals
Fred Frith Guitar, Soloist
Gordon Gano Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle, Guitar, Violin, Vocals
Steve MacKay Saxophone
Michael Ramos Keyboards
Steve Scales Percussion
John Zorn Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Voices
Junior Brantley Keyboards
Cynthia Gayneau Vocals
Christina Houghton Autoharp
Drake Scott Cornetto
Guy Hoffman Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Snare Drums, Tranceaphone
Tommy Mandel Keyboards
Shirley Simms Background Vocals
Arlene Holmes Background Vocals
Lovelace Redmond Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jerry Harrison Producer
Brian Ritchie Composer, Producer
Violent Femmes Composer
Jim Bartz Engineer
Marc Bolan Composer
Michael Beinhorn Producer
Martin Brass Engineer
Warren A. Bruleigh Producer, Engineer
Gordon Gano Composer, Producer
Susan Rogers Engineer
John Tanner Engineer
Mark VanHecke Producer
David Vartanian Producer, Engineer
David Fricke Liner Notes
Jolene Cherry Executive Producer, Soundtrack Supervisor
Jean Krikorian Art Direction
Reggie Collins Discographical Annotation
Leslie Reed Soundtrack Supervisor
Tom Carolan Executive Producer
Jack Hargreaves Illustrations
Jeff Most Executive Producer
Daniel Hersch Remastering
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