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Violent Femmes

Violent Femmes

1983

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Violent Femmes

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3.52

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5

Absolutely fantastic. Gordon Gano, in his creepy Lou Reed meets Ted Bundy way, Delivers a delightfuly uncomfortable experience. I nearly had an out of body experience during the xylophone solo in Gone Daddy Gone.

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5

I know this album inside  out and and just about every lyric. I’m still at Lake Simcoe with the young ones so planed ahead to sneak in a quick listen.  I decided to sing along and change some of the words. It worked. Example:  “Why can’t I get just one DUCK - must have something to do with luck. . . “ When one of the boys did a double take and gave me a look,  I explained it was a hunting song and the singer is the only guy who had yet to shoot any dinner.  Did he buy it? Hah -  He folded like a cheap suit. When people want to be negative about an album or band they often say "they play only three chords." This is often said figuratively rather than literally. If you wanted to throw this dagger at the femmes, you could make it literal if you said you could play the first three songs with only four chords: G, C, D and Em. If you throw in Bm, A and E you can also play Add it up and Prove my Love and probably some others. But I don't want to insult them. This deranged mess of Gordon Gano in his yoot is one of my favourite albums ever and is made better by all of its blemishes (including one on his forehead  on the back cover if I recall correctly). I often wonder if you have to be deranged to write such deranged music or can you simply act the part?  I'm guessing you have to be fucked up to write this shit. If you are of this view, then a scary thought is  that this was not their most deranged album. The Derangeometer on their second album easily surpasses this one.  And if may digress, neither holds a candle to Nick Cave's Murder Ballads which is possibly  the most deranged album ever. Anyway, I understand why many will rate this a 1. I really do. 

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4

Listened to this album quite a bit in college, hadn't really listened since, and honestly prepared my middle-aged self to be annoyed by it after all this time, as can happen. Didn't happen. Still a fun (and sometimes funny) album. I think what saves it for me is they are really good musicians and still come across as original-sounding to me. Oftentimes, I lose interest fast in bands that go for irony or some other form of humor, even when I like it first time I hear it. Maybe it's like improv humor for me in that when it works in the moment, it's great for a laugh, but I don't want to go back to that moment. Anyway, whatever the thought-and-feeling-process might be, this is an album this fiftysomething square dude can still enjoy.

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If someone had a gun to my head before I looked this album up and asked me when it was released, I would have said sometime in the 90s and would be dead right now.

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5

One of all time best albums. A perfect mix of punk, rock and lofi. This album had a recording cost close to 0. Its their debut, and its basically just three guys looking for a cheap studio they could afford to use. They found a tiny one, went in there and recorded some songs. And here's the result. The definition of true LoFi.

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5

Wow. I have ways loved this record. For sure one of the best sad boi albums. It's very simple yet i think it really inspired a lot of bands after it. Will never not wanna listen to this album. The bass playing is phenomenal and while the lyrics are rather crude and sometimes borderline creepy just has so much emotion behind them. No doubt there's so problematic emotions here. Its just so raw.

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5

Edgy, raw energy. Acoustic musicality.

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4

Violent Femmes are punk/alt-rock royalty. And for good reason. Coming into this one, I had very very positive feelings for this band and this album in particular. But this project has got me listening to things that I know far more critically than when I'm listening for fun. That's why Violent Femmes only gets a 4 instead of a 5 star rating this time. While I still absolutely adore this album, and it's full of absolute killers (Blister in the Sun, Kiss Off, Add It Up, Gone Daddy Gone, Good Feeling), there are some real stinkers as well (Please Do Not Go) and the musicality is... not awesome. Many times intentionally so... but not always so intentionally so, you know? Violent Femmes, I still love you... I just can't give you full marks.

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4

Feeling a little bamboozled that a band called Violent Femmes is a bunch of dudes. However, I really liked this album. Very simple, organic punk rock. There's a welcome clarity to both the vocals and the instruments that often isn't the case with punk, but the energy is still there. Really love the xylophone on "Gone Daddy Gone." I can totally hear how this became a cult classic. And when I heard "Add It Up," I recognized it immediately as a Tony Hawk song....sure enough, Underground 2. Favorite tracks: Add It Up, Blister in the Sun, Gone Daddy Gone, Prove My Love. Album art: I like this picture. Seems like a companion to that Siamese Dream cover in a way. Apparently they paid this girl's mom $100 to take a quick pic. For some presumably broke punksters, that's a great way to get an album cover. 4/5

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My brother got suspended from our school for covering "Blister in the Sun" at a high school talent show. His band name was 4:19. "We're 4:19, anyone got a minute? Hueh hueh hueh". Had no idea this came out in 1983, thought for sure it was late 90s. I guess they must have been important or something, huh. The vocals sound like I'm being serenaded by a serial killer, and I'm quite smitten. Loving the acoustic bass solo in track 3. Ah there's Gordon again, ready to come flay my flesh and feed me my genitals, prepared over a nice cassoulet (but with a midwest tater tot twist). Man, so much is derivative of this sound, I really need to revisit the Violent Femmes. Does it slap? It slaps.

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4

This album is way ahead of its time. It’s Indy before Indy. It’s pixies and the shins abd decemberists. It’s a mash up of the energy and grime of punk but the acoustic sensibilities and tempo of django rheinhardt. The combo of acoustic punk and the clever wordplay, lyrics and delivery make this band delightful. There are 5 of my favorite songs on this album, the rest feel like repetition or filler, sadly. If this album were 5 songs it would be a 5, but it’s not so it’s a 4.

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Promise My first album rating is a debut one, that's odd. The sound signature is very organic and humble, looks like it's part of a rehearsal equipment, honestly I rather listen to instruments and records like this, the production may not be the better, but it gives a unique atmosphere for the whole project. From "Violence" I guess it's a puzzle to the listener, how about put a kind of name with "Femmes", it reminds of 10CC for example. I really appreciate the folk here with essence off the period, most likely was Murmur by R.E.M. in the same release day though. Viewing the art cover plus the content, I premiss that's a great way to start head all the entire thing, as you can see after almost 4 decades still their big deal carrying the rest of their career in the back, literally. B+

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Sounds extremely out of place for it’s time. This feels like it could have come out of 90s and 2000s indie scene. Never been a big indie fan but it’s fine.

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A bit weird and shouty

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The sad thing is someone let this production occur. The vocals sound off key and lack volume and depth. The instruments seem to be done by 2nd graders who decided to pick up their parents instruments and started jamming. I keep imaging a real singer:Pink or Weekend singing these songs and amazing musicians playing the music. It would have a chance to give quality to this album. I do love the Album cover. In fact it looks like they did attempt to photograph one of the 2nd graders suggested to play an instrument. Unfortunately she is too embarrassed to look straight at the camera. Who can blame her.

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5

where did i hear blister in the sun? searched, prolly from Sex Education, Carrie Diaries or I, Tonya. This album is an absolute delight!

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5

Wonderful album. Pop Punk royalty and the grandfather of the genera.

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5

already listened, love it. only album from these guys I like though

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5

A classic, hasn't aged a day

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5

Super klimacik, bardzo letni, Blister in the sun - bardzo fajna piosenka, az bym się zimnego piwa napił

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5

1/12/21 i start my journey with the violent femmes self titled. Headphones on seinfeld on mute. Great album. Punk acoustic

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5

One of my favorites!

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5

I still have trouble hearing the actual lyrics to songs, but the energy of this album was infectious.

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5

singular artifact of alternative music. fav track: good feeling

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5

a classic. no other energy like it. must be the guy hammering the acoustic bass.

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5

Probably just me, but I've this album

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5

I didn't like it at first but as it went on I really started to enjoy it

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5

2nd album from a band I've seen live. This record still kicks after all these years. Just fun as fuck.

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5

I can appreciate this album as much now as on my first listen when I was six years old. It isn't subtle. It is still brilliant.

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NOSTALGIA!!!

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5

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. Love the re-listen.

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5

every track gives me the feeling that i've herd it somewhere before. familiar and comforting through and through

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5

I really like this genre. This album would maybe crack my top 200. They sounded like a less self-involved Smashing Pumpkins. I got a bit of Brobeck vibes from it which is why I liked it. And didn’t give me anxiety to listen to for the most part so kudos.

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5

Very punchy guitar and bass. Simple arrangement that works so well with the songs. Harmony is very nice. Nasally vocals could be off putting to some. There is a reason why most of the songs on this album are still on the radio almost 40 years later. Good use of stereo mix/recording, especially during Gone Daddy Gone.

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5

so good why did i not listen to the whole thing before

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5

slaps

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5

AMAZING. I mean... it's the violent femmes. Of course it's a great album. Pure wonder the whole way through.

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5

It’s interesting getting this right after REM. Michael Stipe’s voice is mumbly and bland whereas Gano squeezes so much out of his, lots of highs and lows, fortissimos and pianissimos, and full of angst. It’s amazing that these three buskers could serve up such a variety of great songs and sounds with only minimal instrumentation. Not too many debut albums are better than this one.

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5

TRUE 4.5 - Was much more into this album than I expected to be with only knowing "Blister in the Sun." Very cool to learn this was released in 1983. I also figured this was a early/mid 90s alternative record that was drawing on those contemporary influences but it clearly seemed more influenced by the first wave of punk and I very much fuck with that. The songwriting had a bite and wittiness that stayed sharp throughout the record, and actually made me laugh a few times. Overall really enjoyed this one and definitely will come back for another listen.

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5

Great album, still remember every song

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5

Saved Prior: Blister In The Sun, Kiss Off, Gone Daddy Gone Not Saved: 12. Gimme The Car 11. Good Feeling Cutting Edge: 10. To The Kill Saved: 9. Confessions 8. Promise 7. Add It Up 6. Ugly 5. Please Do Not Go 4. Prove My Love 3. Blister In The Sun 2. Gone Daddy Gone 1. Kiss Off Overall Notes: Angsty, immature, chaotic in all the best possible ways. Filled with catchy guitar hook after catchy guitar hook and the instrumentation and voice compliment each other perfectly. Big fan.

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5

Before I heard this album, I would have never thought that acoustic punk was possible, but here we are, and really catchy hooky punk at that. Another plus: I can't think of another recording that better captures the sweaty, desperately uncool, paranoid, lust-ridden, powerless feeling of being a teenager, all the while making you laugh like hell. To top it off, frontman Gordon Gano and company manage to close off the album with a genuinely moving ballad, Good Feeling. There isn't a weak track on here. If I was forced to pick a favorite, I'd probably go with the big hit, Blister In The Sun, but Prove My Love and Promise are killer tracks as well. It may not be terribly ambitious, but on its own terms, this album is close to perfection.

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5

Brilliant album, distinctive twangy acoustic sound, like nothing else in the 80s

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хождение по классике продолжается. На этот раз выпал альбом, который я сам ещё не так давно заслушивал чуть ли не на постоянной основе. для меня это вообще пример идеального акустического проекта — при том, что нет долбящей ударки и тяжёлых гитар, он звучит максимально драйвово и по-панковски задорно. Будь моя воля — я бы именно это называл пост-панком. Сонграйтинг везде на уровне, почти каждая композиция имеет несколько частей, динамические перепады, по паре-тройке цепляющих хуков, а также абсолютно легендарные басовые партии. Причём звучит всё невероятно свежо и качественно, для 80-х годов это очень нестандартная запись в плане продакшна. Ну и главная звезда «Отчаянных слюнтяев» — вокалист Гордон Гано. При всей сочности инструментала без его актёрского мастерства в плане подачи альбом не был бы и вполовину так хорош. Плюс хочется отметить очень плотную химию между лид вокалом и бэками — вместе они порождают интересное многоголосое полотно, к которому тянет возвращаться снова и снова. Ten outta ten, will listen again!

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5

Very interesting. Had heard of them but had never listened before. Nice clean sound and vocals. Compelling lyrics. Gonna listen again on my way home

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5

Tik Tok. Omg. Whatever this is, I’m loving it. Folk punk is a vibe.

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5

I LOVE THIS ALBUM ITS GOOD

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5

Love this album. Haven't listened to it in years but it still slaps.

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5

I had no idea this album was so good. Very surprised, 11/10

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5

A delight, blister in the sun is such an iconic track but I'd never heard the album, great stuff

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5

Great album. The combination of folk and punk makes this a refreshing punk album.

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5

I have never really heard Violent Femmes except for Blister in the Sun and I'm super into it. I love the energy and the willingness to make a bunch of weird noises and do some very theatrical vocals. There really isn't a dud on this album, very impressed. I'm a new fan.

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5

Holy shit I forgot how much I enjoyed this album.

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5

5 stars. Automatic 5 stars. Steve Belcher loaned me this tape at 7th grade camp. I was mostly listening to GNR, Metallica, Poison, etc. at the time. This was a real mindblower for me - acoustic but sounded dirtier and dangerouser than anything else I was listening to. Love it.

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5

Ich mochte es sehr sehr gerne. Ein Album für den Herzschmerz. Ein Album zum abgehen und ein Album zu fühlen. Ehrlich, solide, kräftig.

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5

Great. Fun, poppy nostalgia

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5

Awesome raw energy. The sparse arrangements, exude energy and funk, and have a great deranged vocal flair. It is pretty impressive that also the unusual arrangement due survive their era and still sound entirely relevant today.

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5

What a strange name for a band. But if they can keep making music like this, they'll go places I tell ya! What I love about it is how unproduced it is. Just simple raw music.

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5

tony hawk's underground 2's soundtrack had a big impact on my little smooth brain. nothing stood out to me more than "add it up," a song i didn't understand until i was older and hornier. it just sounded unbearably cool. i like this album for the same reasons everyone likes this album. it's brash and perverted. unsophisticated and catchy as hell.

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5

ohhh folk-punk, I like

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5

I hope you know this will go down on your permanent record. Oh yeah.

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5

the 80s version of the theater clique got really high and horny and put out some weirdly catchy music. youthful, lusty, old school grungy folk punk. 5/5

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5

Didn't realize this album was from the 80s. Really holds up.

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5

One of my all-time favorites

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5

this album is awesome. such a great listen.

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5

At one point in my life I had only heard Blister in the Sun. Then I heard the rest of this album and absolutely love it, along with a lot of the other Violent Femmes catalog. Energetic punk/alt rock. Could have been recorded in a garage. 5

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5

excellent classic. Heavy bass sound.

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5

Incredibly ahead of its time, can’t believe it’s from 1983; right up my alley; super fun listen despite the depressing topics

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5

Love the folk punk genre. Really unique and great to listen to

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5

Didn't think I would like it at the start but listening to it more I really started to jam with it

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5

Crazy

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5

Fantástico. Blister In The Sun.

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5

Catchy, unique and memorable.

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5

not sure if i’m giving this a five because it’s genuinely a really cool album or whether all the shit ones have made this seem like a masterpiece. either way it’s cool and i liked it

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5

Classic and timeless VF album - shows how to rock without playing loud.

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5

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5

Somehow ahead of its time and one-of-a-kind and timeless all at the same time. 1983!? A year before the previously mentioned abomination of 1984? I first heard "Blister in the Sun" in the early 90s, having no idea that it was nearly a decade old. It's one of the songs that got me into music. I mean, I'd always listened to music, but it was just whatever radio station or cassettes my parents put on. A bunch of pop radio and Madonna and Paula Abdul. So Violent Femmes was a revelation. It's a sound that somehow combines punk, surf rock, folk and country rock, alternative, 90s and 00s indie, and more all into something that is all of those and none of those and more. It is cohesive and consistent for the duration. Violent Femmes does not boast the best vocals or the cleanest playing, but it is more than the sum of its parts. Much more.

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5

I hope you know this will go down on your permanent record... Predating the slacker movement, this album laid ground for the fuck-you complacency that kicked into high gear 10 years later. I don't think there's an album like this that's ever followed. Monumental, important and oh-sooo good... --- A personal cringy note here. When I was 12, I'd often belt out the lyrics while listening to this on my knockoff Walkman screaming "... there's nothing I can say when I'm in your thighs..." I'm pretty sure my parents loved this album too.

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Growing up in the 80s, discovering the Violent Femmes was like discovering drugs. It was a gateway to alternative music, a door that could never be closed again. A life of swapping cassette tape recordings of low bandwidth college radio stations, collecting bands like the Crucifux and the Dead Kennedys, all-age punk rock shows in the closest city smoking clove cigarettes and feeling alive and different. Good stuff.

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5

Here's an absolutely and absolutely unique masterpiece. Raw and immediate, with unsophisticated recording style and (almost) no embellishment, this is probably the best expression of teenage frustration and anxiety ever recorded. it feels so real. The bare arrangements mean that the songs seem completely unfiltered. This album is so honest that it feels like a secret every time you listen to it; I can't believe they are saying what they are saying! And yet, this obviously hit a nerve with many, many people; sales estimates to date are around 3 million copies sold (and, one has to think, a handful of furtively taped copies for each disc sold). Nearly everyone of my generation (at least in the more alternative circles I moved in) can sing Add it Up, Blister on the Sun, or Gone Daddy Gone from memory at the drop of a hat. The basic recording means this never sounds old, and, interestingly, my 16 year old son has this album on his want list, so it clearly still speaks to young people. When I was an uni in 1990, my friend Kate and I skipped lectures one afternoon to go see the Femmes busking at Circular Key (filmed for the Noise on SBS). That sunny afternoon, singing along to the band, is one of my favourite live show memories. You see snippets of that here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2J6d0EVEJE

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5

One of my favourites, know it inside out

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5

GOAT. Great album

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5

Love the violent femmes

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5

Had only head one of these songs before, a great discovery. heard it described as folk punk and love it.

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5

An all time classic for me. Already know pretty much every lyric back to front.

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5

A classic.

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5

Maybe I just never grew up from being a teenager, but I think this is pretty cool.

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4

Classic.

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4

Alt sound to the 80s. Blister in the sun and go daddy go are great

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4

zajebiste pozdro

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Bardzo fajny vibe buntu młodości w brzmieniu jak i w tekstach. Prawdziwa kwintesencja punkowej muzyki. Słuchając tego albumu ma się ochotę na prawdę wstać i wykrzyczeć coś ludziom wokół. Na pewno będę wracał do tego albumu, żeby dodać sobie energii.

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4

Really liked it, not as heavy as I expected. Will listen to it again.

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4

Peak Scott Pilgrim. Should probably add some songs to library.

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4

I think I would be hard pressed to find an album more ahead of its time than this. The fact that this came out before stuff like The Pixies, Nirvana, or basically any other altrock/indie band is unbelievable. And on top of that, it's a fantastic listen.

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4

Classic!

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This is awesome! In no way does this sound like 1983, it's more like early 90s grungey sounding, which is totally my thing. I love this. I didn't even know Gone Daddy Gone was a Violent Femmes cover, I should have known this stuff. I'm not sure how this band got past me, not anymore, this is a most pleasant surprise.

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4

Great sounds. Punchy driving. Very angsty. Love the raw,.unpolished sound. Lyrics are by a bunch of guys who just want to get laid. Juvenile but it works with the music.

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4

The lo-fi recording style, threadbare instrumentation, and frenetic energy of this album all work wonderfully together. Worth another listen just to piece together the themes of sexual frustration and denial that run throughout.

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4

Always liked Blister in the Sun, Add it Up, and Gone Daddy Gone, but many of the other songs sound familiar. Not sure if I ever listened to the whole album before.

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Mum, can we get The Pixies for dinner? No, we’ve got The Pixies in the freezer at home The Pixies in the freezer

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One of my mom’s favorite bands so I am about it. Grew up with it

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4

garage bandy. not bad. reminds me of pixies

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4

Like an acoustic energy ball. I like it!

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Love this sound. Rock, folk, and punk elements. The vocalist is particularly my favorite part.

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4

Rubbish bar 1 song

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Scrappy, fun, and hooks for days

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I enjoyed Violent Femmes. "Blister In The Sun", "Kiss Off", "Add It Up" and "Gimme The Car" are great songs.

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4

Oh that was so good. Only knew the first track, nice to discover “new” music this way. Dirty bass.

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4

More my genre, found the middle bit not as rememberable but the better songs definitely ranks it higher. Always been a fan of Blisters in the Sun

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This is awesome! In no way does this sound like 1983, it's more like early 90s grungey sounding, which is totally my thing. I love this. I didn't even know Gone Daddy Gone was a Violent Femmes cover, I should have known this stuff. I'm not sure how this band got past me, not anymore, this is a most pleasant surprise.

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4

Good, catchy

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An absolute swanky jaunt of folk punk. The vocals are unique and distinctive, and the style feels so ahead of its time for the early 80s.

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Не, нормальная тема. Качает, напевается, не душит. Но не откровение. Blister In The Sun и Confessions запали. Если потянет на панкуху - возможно, обращусь. Надеялся, что название группы переводится а-ля "Жестокие женщины", но не, там сленг какой-то пиндосский. Не люблю, когда локальные мемесы выносят на публику без пояснения. Особенно когда на аву какую-то хуйню ставят, спрашиваешь "Нахуя?", отвечают типа "А, да это локальный мем наш, забей...". У-у, су-ука... Но в контексте данного альбома не особо коробит.

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Amazing that is from 1983. Sounds of the mid 2000s at a minimum

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4

fun, rustic, invigorating

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Very powerful and eclectic album from what I usually listen to. Has punk influences (1 of their members was from the Pretenders), which I really like (vocals). Hints of folky-banjo vibes. Kind of a curious name for a band when you think about it.

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Violent Femmes on Violent Femmes by Violent Femmes war Kids see Ghost bevor die Kids Ghosts gesehen haben

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Great mix of folk and punk rock. Music and a voice that shouldn't work, but they work so, so well.

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4

Great album - weird to think that this was a good 25 years before Bright Eyes!

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4

I really enjoyed this album.

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4

treads the line between lackluster and intensely passionate.

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4

Super catchy, Would be great at a house party. A bit same-y after a while, but good to come on a playlist. Great bass guitar work.

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Really good

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Classic album. "Blister in the Sun", "Kiss off", "Add it up", "Prove My Love", Gone Daddy Gone", "Good Feeling"

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Really good this, folk-reggae-libertines vibes

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Was für eine schnodderige Chuzpa! Grandios low fi und dabei so wuchtig. Wie geht sowas?! scheppernde 4.4

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I have a lot of thoughts on this record. The first time I found out it was from the early 80s, I was shocked. This feels like a crazy, weird, experimental record that felt like prime mid-90s territory, among the likes of Beck, Cake, etc. This record feels so ahead of its time it's insane to me. Wikipedia describes this as a "folk punk" record and, while I can kind of see that, the folk punk I'm more familiar with is like... early Against Me!, as well as a bunch of smaller, local bands from my basement show days. Plus, this record has a lot of influences from blues and maybe even bluegrass. Total blast, super fun. Favorite tracks: "Add It Up", "Gone Daddy Gone"

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Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Blister in the sun, Please do not go, Gone daddy gone

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A very nice album

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Very good, especially as most of the songs were written when he was 18. A little Jonathan Richman influence...

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4.5

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Add it up banger Blister in the sun - classic Post punky

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8/10 Muito bom

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Love me some acoustic bass... Stone cold classic. If you were a teen in the 80s or 90s this album just exists in your brain, fan or not. Let's call it Femmeosis.

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Great new album now in my life

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An absolute gem of an album.

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Them nerds done good.

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More of a 3.7, but rounded up to 4

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Thought it was excellent throughout.

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I don't know if I actually never heard the rest of this album (past Blister) or if I just don't remember it. But - either way - I love it. It's so good. I get that it sounds simple - or even "bad" - to a lot of people. They may listen to it and think - "I could write those nonsense lyrics" or "I can play the guitar as good as him" or "I could have come up with that bass riff" - but guess what? They can't. And even if they could, they didn't. So fuck them. Plus, I now realize what an influence the Femmes must have had on Dispatch - another band I'm fond of. So props for that.

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An album that very much took me by surprise. Given the genre/my limited knowledge of the band I really didn’t expect to like this but it won me over and after my first listen I immediately went back for more. Great sound, great songs, great album.

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Wasn’t expecting a lot but was pleasantly surprised

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Never heard of them. Thought it was great. Love the poppy punk and the lyrics reflecting their age perfectly.

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Definitely reminds me of Jonathan Richman with the strangely intense sincerity, the vulnerable vocal delivery peppered with practiced emotional stammering, the old timey backup vocals, and the generally upbeat but cleverly knowing sound they have going. Despite these similarities it somehow comes across as completely original. Perhaps it's the strangely poetic and playful lyrics that definitely have a darker edge than Richman's, or perhaps it's the quiet loud dynamics and the way they can play with what seems like wild abandon and then just stop and focus it and go in a completely different direction on a dime. Or perhaps it's just that acoustic bass. Holy Shit. You can also tell who was listening and influenced by this (Frank Black and The Pixies). A huge link between some of the more cult acts of 70s and college rock and the alternative and indie rock that followed.

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Pretty good indie. Extra star for having two xylophone solos in Gone Daddy Gone

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Yeah, I'm with Andy here. Never owned this record, can't recall a specific time I listened to it, can't think of a specific friend who loved it, and yet somehow I knew damn near every song. Maybe it's because a bunch of these tunes found their ways into movies? I dunno and I'm not gonna Google that. Love the bratty imperfection of it all, and I feel somewhat safe in saying "Blister in the Sun" gets played on classic rock radio? Does that sound right to anyone else? Kind of amazing all around.

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Angular, clattery, post-punk performed on mostly acoustic instrumentation is a good concept, and this is well-executed. 'Blister In the Sun' and 'Gone Daddy Gone' are the obvious earworms here, but there's a lot to enjoy in this weird slacker soundscape.

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Fun folk punk! Lyrics drew me in (surprising) despite whiney tone.

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Possibly a 4.5. Felt like a big influence on Neutral Milk Hotel. Love the poppy relatable angst.

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lotta bangers

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i wouldnt have guessed it came out when it did. does that mean it was ahead of its time? energetic and raw and in my opinion fun.

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it was ok

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GREAT! So many great songs. 4/5

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punchy, love it

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I adore the sonic palette of this record, with its spanky basslines and homegrown, rough-around-the-edges feel. The production and vocals blend to create the epitome of angst and the teenage underground scene of the time. BEST TRACKS: Blister In The Sun, Kiss Off, Add It Up WORST TRACKS: Confessions, Promise

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Rock alternativo-folk. Muy animando. Está bastante bien.

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This album was a lot of fun. Some of the lyrics are pretty awful but I can get past that. Will definitely check this out again.

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02/02/2022

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Amazing album. Unique voice. 8-9/10

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Rock alternativo-folk. Muy animando. Está bastante bien.

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A simple production but lyrically very fun and honest record. That's what songs should be all about. 4 stars.

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I still love the Violent Femmes. This was never my favorite album, but it's still fun to listen to.

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YUH

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An alternative classic. The acoustic instruments give the angsty songs a unique flavor.

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Was pretty great

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I've heard a few songs off of this one. I dig it, it gives me like this weird uncomfortable but super upbeat vibe. I'll end up checking out more of their discography at some point. Because this felt pretty out there, and it's own thing.

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I liked it more than I thought I would. Never was a huge fan of their hits, but their deep tracks are pretty cool!

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What a classic record. Very stripped down and simple, yet so witty and complex. Great listen.

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Ah, Blister in the Sun. Tooon. Gruff vocals. Anti establishment growling. Rinse and repeat.

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Love Blister in the Sun. I feel like there’s probably some other pretty decent tunes on here that I like if I was as familiar as I was with that opening track. I wouldn’t have picked Folk-Punk as one of my favourite genres, but I like the dirty DIY sound of this.

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Sounds like they released the demo, but it works. Angry acoustic. Angroustic.

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4.25

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A neverending rush of bombastic, jangly, at times serious early alternative rock that deserves its distinction as the Femmes' best. Favorites: Blister in the Sun, Please Do Not Go, Add It Up, Confessions, Prove My Love, To the Kill, Gone Daddy Gone, Gimme the Car.

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This album screams high school to me even though it was released well before I was in high school.

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I was unduly suspicious, though admiring, back in the day. It all felt a little too much, both too obvious and too cheeky. My suspicion came from too many young women (albeit cool ones) liking them, a general preference for more artful Anglo angst (aka, The Smiths) and perhaps a reluctance to embrace such raw emotion (not a trend that’s necessarily gone well since). It’s pretty bright for being so dark and holds up pretty well; a lot of volume gets produced from the small-scale configuration, plus generally crisp playing and a solid differentiation of songs. The records beyond this got pretty shaky pretty quickly. But the 4 is merited.

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One of those bands that you'll instantly recognize on the opener. West coast pop-punk, the bass is the standout on the album. This was a fun listen.

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Yeah

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Muito bom.

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I love this album. I love this band. Saw them live twice (decade apart). Each time was the same. Loads of leather-elbowed types enjoying themselves to the limit, belting out the songs.

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3.5

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Definitely an interesting sound for the 90s. There’s some legit bangers on here

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Fun record that sounds like it was mostly written by somebody in high school (because it was). Skip to any given section of any given song, and it sounds really similar to the last thing you were listening to, just with more or less xylophone. Best track: Blister in the Sun

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Like but don't love. Some great songs.

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do połowy przesłuchane całkiem git może kiedyś wróce po reszte, troche za bardzo basic jak dla mnie

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Some good tunes. Explicit lyrics made the experience a bit less good than it would have otherwise been.

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One of my favorites!

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Fav Song: Blister in the Sun

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Decent music all in all but not something I would listen on the regular ... not quite my tempo?

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6

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6

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Their best album

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Mix between Velvet Underground and the Pixies

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This was okay.

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An alternative folk classic. A couple strong songs, but the rest kinda falls behind.

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Album sounds very ahead of it’s time - I’m shocked it’s from ‘83. The instrumentation and lyrics feel very 90’s sadness. A clear inspiration for some of those bands and emo groups. The lyrics specifically don’t seem to have aged well. I’m guessing it was an early example of male sadness and rage this way, but listening almost 40 years later, the emotional manipulation, entitlement, and degradation of women who don’t like the singer feel outdated and cringeworthy. Early sadbois

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excelent

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Rock suave. Un poco punk.

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Just three guys on acoustic instruments playing their hearts out and it shows. Classic organic lo-fi punk with some great hooks, eg Add it up, Blister in the Sun and Go daddy go.

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It seems like so far all the albums except the first one follow the same style wish. This one, is more rock, the singer's high pitched voice sometimes reminded me of the Pixies, who I love. I liked it overall, so I'll give them 3 stars once more.

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Blister In The Sun! Great bass work on the album and is really a treat to listen to. Excellent sonic balance. Ugly is a great, loud, and loose track.

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Pop-rock sin estridencias. Aire melacólico

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This album has some pretty sick tunes on it but there's something about that acoustic bass that simultaneously sounds really cool and makes all the songs sound the same

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some duffers but love the sound.

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Every songs pretty similar to me, its at least a good sign but its so hard when the songs all compare so close to one another and really just get worse as the album goes on

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good early punk rock!

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Tinha certeza que Blister in the Sun era do Weezer.

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meh

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I KNOW THE FIRST SONG WHAT. Ok now that I've heard the whole album, it was fun to listed to. I didn't like all the messages the songs were putting out, but the sound is good. Rating it a 3 since there was some things to not like.

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It’s a testament and a compliment to the Violent Femmes that their debut remains sonically and lyrically both out of and ahead of its time. It’s a record that will always sound current due to its universal themes of teenage angst and insecurity and the catchy singalong nature of the songs. I’m well and truly no longer the target market for this album, but my 17-year-old self would’ve really loved this.

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-I like the bass/ acoustic guitar riffs in "Blister In The Sun" and "Please Do Not Go" -I think the fat bass is really saving this -It just really didn't have anything interesting other than the bass

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An good listen overall, Violent Femmes have been on my list to listen to for a while, but before this I thought they had a bit more of a harder rock edge to them. Random aside, not sure if there's a connection but the part in Gone Daddy Gone (the na na na na bit) sounds like the "Hippogriff" song featured in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie. Best: Blister in the Sun; To the Kill Worst: Please Do Not Go; Good Feeling

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Played some of these songs live with my band Menage for Asheville Terpsicorps. Holiday from the Goodies sang lead for us. Great tunes on this album. Great start to my list.

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Couple of catchy and fun songs

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great album, catchy and fun. sounds like it can get better with another listen

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Ahead of their time, though I don't love the singers voice.

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It was an enjoyable listen but the only songs that grabbed my attention were the ones I already knew.

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enjoyed this more than i thought i would considering the type of music. love how blunt the lyrics are

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Indie mais animado, e mostrou onde Gone Daddy Gone.

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I like their sound a lot but their songwriting less. Worth a listen if just because they are so unique (and for the couple great tracks)

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The best way to describe Violent Femmes eponymous record is that its the result of taking Weezer's Pinkerton, and making it for 8th graders. As I am not in the 8th grade anymore, I would much rather listen to Pinkerton to get some enjoyment out of bouts of frustration and memories of teenage angst. My enjoyment from this record is similar to what I get from Jonathan Richman. The patheticand desperate lyrics are extremely comedic to me, and I love the fact that it does not try very hard to get its message across; it feels honest and somewhat nostalgic to me. 3/5.

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Much better from what I remember seeing them at 2014 Falls but still so so. Kind of funny kind of creepy double entendre filled lyrics is weird

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Pretty good. 3.2?

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pro: echt zeitlos und ein paar smash hits contra: teilweise echt weird

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Good alternative Album. I liked it.

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wait... Blister in the sun came out in 1983!!!???? WTF???? Interesting album overall after getting over the intial shock of how old it was. Some of the songs were a bit grating to listen to. I generallty liked it though.

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I like how often during this project I discover songs that I already knew but had no idea who they belonged to. Favourite track: gone daddy gone

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underwhelmed

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Contrairement à mon camarade d'écoute robserpillère, je ne prends pas 3 mois pour réfléchir à mes reviews, les redigeants spontanément dès mon écoute terminée. C'est pourquoi la qualité de mes reviews est très irrégulière, ayant des obligations professionnelles à tenir, ce qui n'est pas le cas de rob qui se permet de diffuser du Ice Cube en tant que sonnerie dans le lycée où il officie. Dans une prochaine review, je vous expliquerai comment rob a piraté le générateur afin de faire monter ses reviews dans le classement global.

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J'avais à cœur de revenir sur la polémique créée par mon review de l'album Hole de Celebrity Skin. Vous savez peut-être qu'à côté de mon activité de critique sur ce générateur des 1001 albums à écouter avant de mourir, j'exerce également sur le générateur des 1001 chats persans à caresser avant de mourir. De ce fait, un moment d'égarement m'a fait intervertir mes deux commentaires et un pauvre petit chaton s'est vu insulté de rockeur pour ados débiles. Je lui présente mes excuses et retire à l'inverse les compliments adressés à Celebrity Skin en ce qui concerne la jolie tête ronde et les joues bien développées.

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Surprisingly enjoyed tho lyrics bit grating at times

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A few great moments on this, especially Blister... but I found a lot of it a bit samey for me. I should like this more...but not today.

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interesting album with some known songs

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Good album, has some classics

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nice true relatable lofi gets a bit tiring after a while

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Better than I remember

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Not as good as I was expecting

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Cheeky, pedantic, folksier than I expected.

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This is perfect Halloween music. Michael Jackson singing Thriller in a graveyard isn't scary. The Monster Mash isn't as gross as the title suggests. But Violent Femmes are legitimately spooky. The almost-unplugged production sounds like an old house about to collapse. The marimba is cool and haunting. But it's the singer's rat scrotum delivery and unsolicited horned up lyrics that really make this creepy. Catchy as hell and the hits are great and the little hits are too but shit like "I'm gonna get her drunk, maker her cry, get her high, touch her all over her body" and I have to assume this is just a portrait of a character that he's inhabiting very very well. Maybe under the hood, Violent Femmes are like the Catcher in the Rye of 80s music. Maybe they're just good at conveying the spirits of perverts and small devils on your shoulder. Due credit for taking punk in a folk direction. B-

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Reasonably entertaining American punk, although Gano's voice becomes grating after a few tracks.

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Really enjoyed this - great bass sound and lots to like here

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Really like 'Blister in the sun', and I found myself head bopping to a few more tracks.

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Really enjoyed this - great bass sound and lots to like here

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Only knew one song, but good, definitely worth another listen. Felt like a precursor to 90s grunge stuff

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Recognised a few songs from films. Not my usual thing but a decent listen

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Better than I thought it would be. I always found "Blister in the Sun" annoying, but some of the other songs were good. Still, I don't really enjoy this band much.

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2.5 stars. Not bad but maybe not something I’d listen to

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Быстро заскучал и переключил на This is Violet Femmes. Сойдёт

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I've never liked folk punk and this album didn't change my mind. Some of the lyrics caught my attention (in a good way), but musically it just fades into the background most of the time. There were some fun moments, but it just doesn't do much for me.

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Good but tails off towards the end. Starts off a bit like modern indie which was a pleasant surprise.

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wh

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Простенько, но со вкусом.

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A few curious tracks, but generally quite standard. Good soundtrack while doing something else

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The singer has a bit of a reedy voice but otherwise I really enjoyed this album.

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Nice attitude, unique lyrics, ok range

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Solid collection of indie folk songs. Proof that you don’t need much to make catchy and compelling music. Definitely falls off a bit towards the end though. Favorite Tracks: “Blister In The Sun”, “Kiss Off”, “Please Do Not Go”, “Add It Up”, “Promise”

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Geeks playing rock n roll… in a refreshing way. Sound is like college rock melets Velvet Underground

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Fun listen, i was surprised when I knew the first song, and i also particularly liked “Kiss Off, “Add it Up”, and “Confessions”. This album was definitely ahead of its time, capturing a 90s sound as early as 1983.

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3.5/5 Fun album that gets a bit manic at times. I’ve known “Blister In The Sun” for years but never listened to the rest of the album, I’m happy I have now though. Like many others have commented, this sounds ahead of it’s time for an album released in 1983, with many songs that had been written by a kid in high school on top of that. They manage to pull off sounding rough and disorderly without completely losing the tune or going too over the top. Fav Tracks: Blister In The Sun, Kiss Off, Add It Up, Gone Daddy Gone Least Fav Track: Please Do Not Go

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3,5

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I love how unique and jittery their sound it

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Not at all what I expected, but not in a good way. Nothing memorable or catchy here, after the first track, and nothing especially bad either. The definition of mediocre.

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listened to before not my absolute favorite

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De va squams

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"I take one, one, one cause you left me, And two, two, two for my family, And three, three, three for my heartache, And four, four, four for my headaches, And five, five, five for my lonely, And six, six, six for my sorrow, And seven, seven for no tomorrow, And eight, eight, I forget was eight was for, But nine, nine, nine for the lost gods, Ten, ten, ten, ten for everything, everything, everything..." (Kiss off)

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02/03/21 - 3.5/5 Interesting vocals Happy Vibes

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Fun but inconsistent. Songs vary from entertaining (Prove My Love, Gone Daddy Done) to aggravating (Confessions, To the Kill). Didn't add since it's unlikely I'll ever give it another shot.

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03/20/2022 Weird, loud, angsty pop/punk. Enjoyed it more than I thought I would!

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I felt like this was the start of a punk movement, but then I saw when it came out so now not sure. Its enjoyable enough but doubt I'll listen again

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Oh hey I recognize the first song! Never knew who sang it though. 2nd song is pretty catchy too. So far so good. One of the first punk albums maybe? I like the sound and vibe of the different songs.

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"I remember looking into that building, and they kept telling me there were animals in there, and I was pissed off ... I didn't know why they were making me look in this building. I had no idea there were photographers there. I was ... pissed off that I couldn't see the animals and I was all cranky by the end of it." Me too

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Was quite looking forward to this but disappointed. Beyond Blister in the Sun there wasn't really anything to get my teeth into. A low 3 would probably be a 2 on another day.

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Not a lot of variety, but a fun album none the less.

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Yes alright, this is a good album.

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It took a minute for me to get into it, but I ended up enjoying the mix of punk and folk that characterizes this music. The lyrics were a bit hit or miss. I’m really not a fan of the self loathing/self pitying man singing about women not wanting to be with him while sounding like an entitled creep the whole time.

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25th April 2022 Listened while working in the front room, first day back at work. Chilled in the evening. Enjoyed the jarring, jangling, indie angst which I think was offset effectively against the upbeat music. Blister in the sun is a classic.

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Just offbeat enough to be interesting. Just weird enough to ask myself, “what the heck is this?”

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Vekkuli

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I like gone daddy gone

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This album is quite basic, a fairly well-executed three-piece band of acoustic guitar and bass, with drums. The strings are not so tightly wound, one can hear the players move up and down the fret board, the strings vibrate from strong picking. "Blister in the Sun" being their ultimate hit on this album, it is the song that everyone has heard and can hum the melody without much dip into memory, but the chances are likely that one never knew it was by the Violent Femmes. The sound on this album, released in 1983, is reminiscent of the 50s-60s a la The Monkees, but this also seems to contain a little bit of that punk attitude with aggressive sounding vocals, aggressive instrumentations, etc. Distortion on the guitar is first noticed by "Add It Up" but it is a bit of an afterthought as the freneticism of the song makes mental callbacks to the 'bird' being the word.

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Alternativ 80’er folk-rock, mørk, humor, edgy

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Whiny

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Kinda boring and the lyrics were depressing

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A few good singles, but hard to listen to.

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meh

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Bitta craic indeed. Mad that’s 1983. 90s af.

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Alright. Few classics but overall not my cup of tea

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false

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Je ne me souviens pas vraiment de quekque tounes marquantes. Ce n’est pas mon genre et ce n’est pas un album ni band que je vais me rappeller.2.50

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Alternative / punkish, with a strong bass sound and a fair amount of acoustic guitar. Some discordance here and there. Singing is an acquired taste but in line for the style. Not my favorite overall.

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I tried. I skipped almost every song. Sounded like Tim Heidecker impersonating both Bob Dylan and Mick Jaggar at the same time. Was not impressed.

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Psa

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Don't think it's my kind of music. His voice is kinda grating and there were some songs I really didn't like. Still, recognized and liked Blister in The Sun and enjoyed some of the first half Saved: Blister In The Sun, Gone Daddy Gone

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Bad pre-grunge?

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Not very good to me

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A few good songs, but not a repeat listen for me.

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Did not care for this album. There was one well known song.

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0 liked songs

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What the hell is this?!

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Decent back half redeemed an unimpressive start. That voice though...

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A couple of reasonable singles doesn’t make a great album

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I've listened to this album many times, and I've seen the Violent Femmes in concert. It's been a while since I've last listened to this album, but I could still sing along with most of the lyrics. However, this is not the same album for me that it used to be. The music is really good, but I can't overlook the lyrics like I used to. The songs seem to originate from a point of a view of a high school punk without much regard for women. There are tracks on this album that I would skip for sure - every time. There is music that I still like from the Femmes, but I couldn't recommend this album.

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Too nihilistic and punky for my liking.

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Love Blister in the Sun. The rest sounds the same

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Wait. Blister in the Sun is from 1983? Whaaaaaaat? I would've said 1993. Anyway, that song is great but since I kinda consider it a novelty song I never looked into the band. Now I have, because of this 1,001 Albums list. Amy I happy I did? Hmm. Not really. It's kinda just like more songs that are similar but not quite as charming and radio-friendly. I just can't take this "I don't give a shit about being a bad singer, isn't it funny!" for more than a single and B-side. Also, I HATE THE SOUND OF ACOUSTIC BASS.

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I like the vocals for the most part and there's some catchy songs, but I don't think I'm really compelled by this. Also some of the stuff is a little too sophomoric for my taste.

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One note and amateurish. Has its charm but it's not my scene.

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'Folk punk' describes it pretty well, its an unusual kinda sound. A lot of the tracks are a bit dull though, and the lyrics cringeworthy

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Temas muy austeros, pocos acordes, todo muy crudo, muy raro. Esa austeridad puede sentirse en el bajo y esa bateria? Tacho.

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Not my thing

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Blister in the sun saves this album

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Enjoyable for me and might add some cuts to some playlists. Not something I'd seek out for album listening session.

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was not a fan, the guitar was nice but didn't like the vocals

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Wow, I swore Blister In The Sun was a 90s song. The album sounds like it's ahead of its time. But on the whole I didn't fully vibe with it.

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Momentarily interesting. Mostly shite

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Classic album that everyone loved except for me. Juvenile (not surprising though given the age of the bad) and a bit fun

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Unrefined punk. Simple yet catchy in so many ways. Enjoyed the xylophone on "Gone Daddy Gone". Fun commentary in "Kiss Off". That said, this was never one of my favorite punk artists.

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Very upbeat high energy music. Some songs better than others. The vocalist can tend to scream a bit too much for me. This would definitely keep me awake on a long car ride. Otherwise I probably would not listen to it often.

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If pop punk from the 2000s had a great great grandfather, this is it. Enjoyable enough, probably wouldn’t listen to the album again on my own but wouldn’t be upset if it was playing wherever I was.

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Blij dat het klaar was.

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Begon aardig maar na een paar nummers was het genoeg.

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Nee, dit kon me niet bekoren. Deze band al vaker proberen te beluisteren maar ik heb er weinig mee

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Chato!

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Per una mattina è simpatico. Ma non so se lo ascolterò mai più nella mia vita.

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This was fine but I didn't give it a fair shake. Maybe I'll return to it. I anticipated enough quirkiness in the vocals to be enjoyable and initially felt that wasn't the case.

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Not my cup of tea

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Stripped down but upbeat (punk) rock. The band sounds okay, but I'm finding the lead vocals quite irritating.

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This was mostly fine, but didn't really grab my attention. A bit mid-paced and dull. I didn't love the discordant vocals either. Rating: 2/5 Playlist track: Blister In The Sun Date listened: 12/04/22

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Undistinguished. "Blister in the Sun is fun", but aside from that ...

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Muutama kuunneltava biisi, mutta kokonaisuus vaisu ja paikoitellen ärsyttäväkin.

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Underwhelming. Maybe would have enjoyed it at the time but never heard their stuff until now. Gone Daddy Gone is the exception.. Brilliant track and use of glock

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Okay it don’t look great but I’ll give it a go… The album opens with blister in the sun, man those drums are tinny the vocals aren’t great but it still manages to not be dreary don’t know why. Kiss off is a slightly slower track, the guitars get really messy at points but they are okay. The vocals are spoken rather than sung. It’s really just alright nothing else to it. Then is please do not go the chords in the verses sound like they are all the same one and to be honest it’s just not a great song I give up. Well okay not really but still it’s not great so far. Add it up starts with just vocals then forms into its own song, to be fair it’s the best one on here so far the actual song is quite aggressive and the best sounding working of their pretty odd sound. Confessions end’s side one, it’s a proper slow tune, it’s quite annoying to be fair and just a huge old drag. Until the end a mental eruption almost like it’s ending an album in it’s own right. Side two starts on the short but sweet prove my love, the song works well on it’s placement in the track list but it’s not amazing not the worst though. Promise is another short but sweet track it has a memorable guitar riff but nothing else. I like the bass riff in to the kill but other than that I don’t care much for it to be fair. Now for the penultimate track a bit of a fun instrumentally but dark lyrically ( by what it sounds like), it’s a really good song probably the albums best! The album ends on the angelic good feeling it’s a fitting closer but really dull to be honest. This one’s odd I hate about 80% of it but that other 20% is something special still though can only give it 2/5.

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Unerträglich, wieder einmal. Ein „Blindes-Huhn-findet-auch-mal-ein-Korn“-Wunder (wegen 'Blister in the Sun').

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blister in the sun was good, went downhill from there; not really an album for me

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What a load of crap

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Wasn’t a fan

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Gonna have to pass, even the Crazy cover wasn’t doing it for me.

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sorry but this music makes my heart hurt.....

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So not my thing

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Apart from "Blister", this is weak poor music. Not actually bad music, just completely mediocre and weak post-punk. Not sure why it's on the list. Disappointing.

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A highly irritating album. Mostly because of the vocalist. Twangy guitar, terrible bass sound and no hooks/catchy phrases that ever stood out. No thank you.

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Amateur hour.

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Didn't like it at all.

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Annoying as hell

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Hier zullen vast liefhebbers voor zijn, maar als je zo zingt win je mijn hart niet 😉

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Oddly familiar

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Average

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Drunk Beatles & Creedence Cover-Band

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Meh

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