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Violent Femmes [Deluxe Edition]
     

Violent Femmes [Deluxe Edition]

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Marrying the naïve-rock sensibility of the Modern Lovers with Gordon Gano's perfectly pitched tales of youthful neuroses, the Violent Femmes' 1983 debut has become an alt-rock classic. In fact, it's the only album ever to go platinum without having charted on the Billboard Top 200. With a stripped-down, folksy-punk sound born of

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Marrying the naïve-rock sensibility of the Modern Lovers with Gordon Gano's perfectly pitched tales of youthful neuroses, the Violent Femmes' 1983 debut has become an alt-rock classic. In fact, it's the only album ever to go platinum without having charted on the Billboard Top 200. With a stripped-down, folksy-punk sound born of playing acoustic instruments at feverish tempos, the Milwaukee trio built a cult following throughout the '80s and '90s with winning tunes like "Blister in the Sun," "Kiss Off," and "Gone Daddy Gone." Rhino's deluxe two-CD reissue adds 26 tracks -- most of them demos and live recordings, all but 4 previously unavailable -- to the original album's 10. Those tunes appear on Disc 1, followed by 9 evocative demos that find the band's raw sound intact a year before the album was cut, plus the 7" single "Ugly," a shout-along fist-pumper, and the sinister horny-boy anthem "Gimme the Car." The second disc is the treasure trove for fans: 15 mostly unreleased live tracks recorded between 1981 and 1983 at a few gigs and one radio show. Among the goodies are the epic-length story-song "Never Tell," which tips its hat to Lou Reed's influence on the Femmes, the peppy coulda-been-a-single "Her Television," a particularly spirited take on "Add It Up," and a humorous interview from the radio session. The CD booklet includes an essay by Michael Azerrad and track-by-track comments from the band, supplying the icing to an already devilishly rich cake.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
For their deluxe, two-disc reissue of the Violent Femmes' classic first album, Rhino pulled out all the stops, not only remastering the album and offering extensive liner notes, but adding a full 26 bonus tracks. Of these, 22 are previously unreleased -- the ones that have appeared before are demos and rare U.K. singles, plus a song previously released as a flexidisc in Alternative Press. The rest is a cornucopia of rarities: three songs that never were recorded in the studio ("How Do You Say Goodbye," "In Style," "Her Television"), live cuts from the early '80s (including versions of songs that would pop up on later studio albums), demos, even early interviews. Sure, this is stuff that is primarily of interest to collectors, but the great thing about this release is that this rare material is equally enjoyable for fans who just love the first album, not everything the Femmes did -- it proves that the brilliance of the debut was no fluke, and these songs are as captivating on stage and in demo form as they are on record. One of the best deluxe reissues of 2002, all told.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/18/2002
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227824228
catalogNumber:
78242

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Violent Femmes   Primary Artist
Brian Ritchie   Electric Bass,Vocals,Xylophone,Acoustic Bass,nose flute
Victor de Lorenzo   Drums,Bass Drums,Vocals,Snare Drums,Tranceaphone
Gordon Gano   Guitar,Violin,Vocals
Mark VanHecke   Piano

Technical Credits

Brian Ritchie   Reissue Producer
Violent Femmes   Producer
Victor de Lorenzo   Engineer,Reissue Producer
Edward Haber   Engineer
Glen Lorbiecki   Engineer
John Tanner   Engineer
Mark VanHecke   Producer
Geoff "Stinky" Worman   Cover Design
Michael DeMark   Engineer
Ilana Pelzig Cellum   Engineer
Maria Villar   Reissue Art
Steven Chean   Editorial Research
Reggie Collins   Discographical Annotation
Michael Azerrad   Liner Notes
Laurie Lindblom   Cover Design
Tim Scanlin   Liner Note Coordination
Marc Salata   Executive Producer

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Violent Femmes 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has got to be one of the best,if not the only recording that you can sing along with and totally enjoy every listening minute. I mean this is it, the begging, the start of the whole revolution of alternative music. The whole album is filled with ups and downs and every feeling you can imagine. The way he acheives this is from his childish acts and the differances in Gano's vioce. I mean it just all fits the way they did it. No matter what feeling or situation they were singing about it was if you were there and could totally relate to all of it. This is a must have album. If you have it, get it out. If you don't have it, get it now. You'll thank me later.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 1983, the Violent Femmes' first recording, and certainly their most prolific, had the underground world in an uproar, becoming the first album to ever reach platnum status without once making the Top 100 charts. With the release of "Violent Femmes", the band made musical history, as well as changed the way musicians approached vocals. A swaggering voice and a dirty t-shirt lead the revolution, and Gordon Gano was nothing short of genius on songs such as "Promise" and "Gimme The Car". With much sincereity, I give this beautifully crafted piece five stars.
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