Permanent Record: The Very Best Of

Permanent Record: The Very Best Of

by Violent Femmes


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Permanent Record: The Very Best Of

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/12/2005
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227847227
catalogNumber: 78472

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Violent Femmes   Primary Artist
Jerry Harrison   Guitar,Keyboards
Brian Ritchie   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,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   Organ
Peter Balestrieri   Tenor Saxophone
Michael Beinhorn   Hammond Organ
Michael Blair   Drums,Vocals
Fred Frith   Guitar,Soloist
Gordon Gano   Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle,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

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