Viva Wisconsin [Bonus Track]

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All Music Guide - Theresa E. LaVeck
Few bands have captured the angst, sexual frustration, and repressed rage of the '80s and '90s better than the Violent Femmes. Without falling prey to death, breakups, and commercial overexposure, the Femmes have maintained their simmering intensity with an ever-growing loyal fan base of former punks, Generation Xers, and their younger brothers and sisters. The Wisconsin trio captures nearly two decades of post-punk smarminess with Viva Wisconsin, a live retrospective recorded during a one-week tour of their home state in October 1998 that boasts a depth of song choices and performances. Whether playing their best-known hits or lesser-known classics, the band delivers...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Theresa E. LaVeck
Few bands have captured the angst, sexual frustration, and repressed rage of the '80s and '90s better than the Violent Femmes. Without falling prey to death, breakups, and commercial overexposure, the Femmes have maintained their simmering intensity with an ever-growing loyal fan base of former punks, Generation Xers, and their younger brothers and sisters. The Wisconsin trio captures nearly two decades of post-punk smarminess with Viva Wisconsin, a live retrospective recorded during a one-week tour of their home state in October 1998 that boasts a depth of song choices and performances. Whether playing their best-known hits or lesser-known classics, the band delivers great live performances with largely nothing more than the acoustic bass, drums, and guitar they are known for. The alternative radio staples "Blister in the Sun," "Gone Daddy Gone," and "Kiss Off" are here, of course, but longtime fans and new initiates will love the variety of songs spanning the band's career. Dark gems like the twisted sagas "Country Death Song," "Gimme the Car," and "Hallowed Ground" showcase singer/songwriter Gordon Gano's capacity for spinning haunting tales. Creepy anthems of alienation like "Prove My Love" and "Confessions" show off the trio's musical virtuosity. Fans love the Femmes for their ability to merge punk, rockabilly, and roots rock with pain-ridden lyrics and pissed-off vibes. Their best anthems, like "American Music," "Black Girls," and the sublime "Add It Up," are played here with crackling intensity. This collection is a must for Femmes fans and a great way to introduce casual fans to the band's body of work. [In 2005 Shout Factory reissued Viva Wisconsin with the bonus track "Outside the Palace."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/24/2005
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663052527
  • Catalog Number: 30525
  • Sales rank: 147,222

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prove My Love (2:54)
  2. 2 I'm Nothing (2:27)
  3. 3 Country Death Song (4:50)
  4. 4 Blister in the Sun (2:32)
  5. 5 Gimme the Car (5:44)
  6. 6 Don't Talk About Music (Shut Your Mouth) (2:13)
  7. 7 Confessions (7:32)
  8. 8 Hallowed Ground (3:44)
  9. 9 Life Is an Adventure (2:29)
  10. 10 Old Mother Reagan (0:30)
  11. 11 Ugly (2:54)
  12. 12 Good Feeling (4:25)
  13. 13 Dahmer Is Dead (0:53)
  14. 14 American Music (4:03)
  15. 15 Special (2:14)
  16. 16 Sweet Worlds of Angels (5:17)
  17. 17 Black Girls (4:30)
  18. 18 Gone Daddy Gone (3:08)
  19. 19 Add It Up (5:59)
  20. 20 Kiss Off (4:30)
  21. 21 Outside the Palace (2:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Violent Femmes Primary Artist
Brian Ritchie Harmonica, Shakuhachi, Soprano Saxophone, Theremin, Vocals, Xylophone, Conch, Acoustic Bass, Conch Shell, Group Member
Sigmund Snopek III Flute, Piano, Trombone, Bass Clarinet, Oboe, Vocals, Native American Flute
Gordon Gano Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Guy Hoffman Vocals, Bugle, Snare Drums, Tranceaphone
Ray Cribb Bass, Trombone
Shane Derstl Trumpet
Mike Kock Saxophone
Eric Markstrum Trombone
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Brian Ritchie Composer, Liner Notes, Cover Design
Keith Blake Remastering
Gordon Gano Composer
David Vartanian Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Donn Adams Composer
Dominick Placco Composer
Guy Hoffman Director
Barbara Glauber Cover Design
Roger Lian Mastering
Darren Brown Management
Beverly Joel Cover Design
Shawn Amos Reissue Producer
John Roberts Artwork
Jeff Palo Producer
Caleb Lentzner Live Sound
Heavy Meta Cover Design
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