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  • Audio CD (4 Oct. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: LONDON RECORDS
  • ASIN: B00002DE49
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,822 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Blister In The Sun
2. Kiss Off
3. Please Do Not Go
4. Add It Up
5. Confessions
6. Prove My Love
7. Promise
8. To The Kill
9. Gone Daddy Gone
10. Good Feeling

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Violent Femmes (The) Violent Femmes

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD
The Violent Femmes' 1983 self-titled debut is one of the most groundbreaking, important, influential, and enjoyable albums ever released, a musical testament that speaks to all dispossessed souls then, now, and probably forever. Teenagers were particularly drawn to this music in the band's early years, at least those who were fortunate enough to learn of these extraordinary three guys from Milwaukee. I will always associate my angst-filled teen years with groups such as the Violent Femmes, The Cure, and The Smiths because these guys seemed to relate to my own anxieties and frustrations in a way no one around me possibly could. This quirky, uniquely acoustic music has always spoken to those who feel set apart from those around them, who ask questions that no one else asks, and wonder why no one understands them. Over twenty years later, this album is still influencing those of us who grew up with Gordon Gano, Brian Ritchie, and Victor Delorenzo, but even more incredibly it continues to have a real impact on the next generation of young people searching for meaning in a confusing world.
The original album featured ten songs, every single one of which rates as an anthem in my book. No college party would ever have been complete without the blasting out of such tracks as Blister in the Sun, Kiss Off, or Add it Up. The true heart of the group revealed itself on songs such as Promise, Prove My Love, and Gone Daddy Gone, while Please Do Not Go took me places I had never been before. Confessions is a bravely honest song set amidst a musical backdrop of sometimes pure cacophony. Then there was Good Feeling, a beautiful, almost happy song that sounded like nothing else on the album.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Dec. 1999
Format: Audio CD
Picture the scene. The year is 2015. Music journo types are fawning over this skaggy little album from the early eighties. They have realizd that it is THE true masterwork of the post punk era. New trenoid indie lo-fi mpc3 bands are worshipping every track and claiming the femmes as a huge influence.
This album is more relevant now than ever before. It is strange that in an era dominated by the digital revolution - the use of technology is becoming less and less relevant in music. The reason musicians like the idea of the net is because it allows the free flow of ideas - direct, from the artist to the audience, without the need to turn to a big budget to make the ideas palatable. The first violent Femmes album is a very now record. It sounds awful. Everything is left exactly as it was when played in whatever tin shed it was recorded in. The singing is all wonky and out of tune. The line up (acoustic guitar, acoustic bass, snare drum, vox) does nothing to soften the edges on even the slowest songs. Yet, it rocks like a b**tard and has enough unfocused rage to rival anything by The Who, The Clash, Nirvana even, all on scraggy old acoustic guitars, at a volume level you could play to your Gran.
Every damn song is a classic. There is not a moment of flab anywhere. It is an album about performance and verve. It is the sound of three young lads being motivated enough to make a record - regardless of budget - and pack as much emotion and sheer excitment in to what they play and sing as possible. It should make all Brit-poppers feel fat and lazy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 July 2003
Format: Audio CD
I bought this LP in 1983 at the age of 16. For about a year after it never left my turntable. I love it to this day. The record displays an energy and passion far beyond anything of the period, and it is impossible to listen to this album and not be affected in some way - even now, 20 years on.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Anon on 12 April 2000
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Still one of the best albums I've ever heard..and I first heard it around 10 years ago. Everyone should listen to Add It Up and fall asleep to Good Feeling, just once in their lives. If you're thinking about buying a VF album, this is the one...and if you're not..it's still this one! Buy it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Glen Thompson on 21 Jan. 2003
Format: Audio CD
I bought this on a whim recently having only ever really been aware of one song, (blister in the sun, from the Grosse Point Blank soundtrack) and what can I say, this is an amazing example of how diverse punk really can be. Standout tracks for me are ‘please do not go’ and the stunning ‘add it up’ (“why can’t I get just one screw” screams singer Gordon Gano). The fact this LP came out in 1983 but sounds like it could have been recorded last week makes me think of other great seminal bands, in particular the pixies. But I think that despite it being regarded as a punk record I would recommend this to anyone who likes music with passion, good tunes and that isn’t manufactured pop crap. Any fans of the excellent Bright Eyes should also check this out, Connor Oburst obviously picked up a few singing tips from these guys. As for the reissue you get some demo versions of album tracks and UK only singles. Plus a second CD full of some very good live recordings and an interview from some American radio station. Packaged with some pretty good liner notes on the origin of the band and the recording of this LP all in all I’d say this is a very worthy addition to anybody’s record collection. BUY THIS NOW.
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