Highlights here are the rockabillyish "Gone Daddy Gone," the snotty "Kiss Off," and the emblematically nervous "Blister in the Sun." All in all, a fond reminder of the innocent days of alt-rock.
(Note: The 20th anniversary deluxe version of the album includes an additional 26 demos and live tunes, 22 of them never before released.) --Billy Altman Sponsored Products are advertisements for products sold by merchants on
Only the single "Nightmares" and the confessional "See My Ships" leave any lasting impression.
Album sales: 1,000,000+ First release date: April 1983 The debut studio album from the Violent Femmes.
The fourth album finds the band in somewhat of a rut creatively.
Fans of the band's early days will appreciate the slightly stripped-back acoustic production, but without much energy and less focus on teen angst, the album falls flat in most places.
It is considered the the band's biggest-selling album and their only release that went platinum by the RIAA, selling over a million copies.
The album also features many of their well-known songs, including "Blister in the Sun", "Kiss Off", "Add It Up" and "Gone Daddy Gone".
Genre: Popular Music Media Format: Compact Disk Rating: Release Date: 17-OCT-2000 Emerging, literally, from the streets of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where they gained notoriety through busking, this strange trio led by guitarist-vocalist Gordon Gano became a cult favorite with their self-titled debut album in 1983.
Influenced greatly by Jonathan Richman's Modern Lovers, the Femmes' minimalist sound pitted Gano's low-volume electric guitar against Brian Ritchie's acoustic bass guitar and Victor De Lorenzo's ashcanlike homemade drum kit--all of which only served to make Gano's angst-ridden adolescent tirades more arresting.
Although this album actually came out in April 1983, the "official" release date has apprently been called into confusion.
Due to a typo on the Violent Femmes' website and some copies of the album, many believe that it was released in 1982, but this is almost certainly not true.
Wikipedia also claims that it was released on November 30, 1982 but there are no facts to support this. I will never forget the first time I heard this album. It's intimate, it's nasty, it's tender, it's vulgar, it's mellow, it's vicious, it's funny, it's morose.