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Violent Femmes

Violent Femmes

1983

Violent Femmes

Album Summary

Violent Femmes is the debut album by Violent Femmes. Mostly recorded in July 1982, the album was released by Slash Records on vinyl and on cassette in April 1983, and on CD in 1987, with two extra tracks, "Ugly" and "Gimme the Car". In 2002, Rhino Records remastered the album, filled out the disc's length with demos and added another disc of live tracks and a radio interview for a 20th anniversary special edition, with liner notes by Michael Azerrad. Violent Femmes is the band's most successful album to date. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the album gold four years after its release and platinum four years after that, despite it never having appeared on the Billboard 200 albums chart. After achieving platinum certification on February 1, 1991, the album finally charted on the Billboard 200 for the first time on August 3, 1991, and peaked at number 171. Since Nielsen Music began electronically tracking sales in 1991, the album has sold 1.8 million copies. Blending RIAA certifications and Nielsen Music sales data, the record's American sales were estimated at three million as of 2016.

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Rating

3.51

Votes

5563

Genres

  • Punk
  • Rock
  • Indie
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Tue Dec 15 2020
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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Tue Jul 20 2021
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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Wed Sep 08 2021
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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Fri Mar 26 2021
2

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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Fri Apr 30 2021
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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Thu May 05 2022
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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Tue Mar 30 2021
3

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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Wed Mar 10 2021
5

singular artifact of alternative music. fav track: good feeling

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Fri Jan 15 2021
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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Tue Jul 13 2021
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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Mon Mar 01 2021
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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Tue Aug 03 2021
5

Edgy, raw energy. Acoustic musicality.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
5

Holy shit I forgot how much I enjoyed this album.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
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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Sat Apr 30 2022
5

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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Sun Nov 06 2022
5

I’m always in awe of how ahead of its time this album is. It was released in 1983 and it sounds like everything that was happening in 1993! It’s so beautifully rebellious, hitting the airwaves at the height of the 80s neon soaked synth pop excesses. This album is boldly, defiantly alternative and raw. It’s a stunning achievement in going against the grain and I love every note if it.

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Thu Jan 07 2021
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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Fri Mar 26 2021
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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Tue Nov 02 2021
4

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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Tue Nov 02 2021
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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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

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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Tue Nov 02 2021
3

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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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

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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Tue Nov 09 2021
2

A bit weird and shouty

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Mon Jun 28 2021
1

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

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Fri Mar 26 2021
1

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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Tue Dec 08 2020
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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Fri Nov 13 2020
5

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

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Fri Nov 13 2020
5

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

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Wed Dec 09 2020
5

A classic, hasn't aged a day

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Sat Jan 09 2021
5

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

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Wed Jan 13 2021
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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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

One of my favorites!

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Sat Jan 16 2021
5

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

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

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

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Sun Apr 11 2021
5

Probably just me, but I've this album

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

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

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Mon Feb 15 2021
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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Tue Feb 16 2021
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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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

NOSTALGIA!!!

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Wed Feb 03 2021
5

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. Love the re-listen.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

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

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Tue Feb 23 2021
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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Mon Jan 18 2021
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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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

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

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Thu Mar 11 2021
5

slaps

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Tue Jan 19 2021
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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Tue Jul 20 2021
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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Mon Mar 01 2021
5

Great album, still remember every song

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Fri May 21 2021
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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Fri Jun 04 2021
5

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

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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

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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Wed Apr 14 2021
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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Mon May 24 2021
5

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

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Tue May 25 2021
5

I LOVE THIS ALBUM ITS GOOD

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Wed Jul 28 2021
5

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

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Thu Sep 16 2021
5

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

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Sun Oct 03 2021
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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Sat Nov 13 2021
5

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

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Mon Nov 15 2021
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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Mon Nov 29 2021
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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Mon Nov 29 2021
5

Great. Fun, poppy nostalgia

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Wed Dec 01 2021
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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Wed Dec 01 2021
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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Mon Dec 06 2021
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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Tue Dec 07 2021
5

ohhh folk-punk, I like

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Fri Dec 10 2021
5

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

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Wed Dec 15 2021
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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Fri Dec 17 2021
5

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

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Mon Dec 27 2021
5

One of my all-time favorites

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Wed Dec 29 2021
5

this album is awesome. such a great listen.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
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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Mon Jan 03 2022
5

excellent classic. Heavy bass sound.

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Sun Jan 09 2022
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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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

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

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Mon Jan 24 2022
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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Mon Feb 07 2022
5

Crazy

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Sat Feb 12 2022
5

Fantástico. Blister In The Sun.

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Sat Feb 26 2022
5

Catchy, unique and memorable.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
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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Thu Apr 07 2022
5

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

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Thu Apr 28 2022
5

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Thu Apr 28 2022
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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Thu Apr 28 2022
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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Wed May 11 2022
5

One of my favourites, know it inside out

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Fri May 13 2022
5

GOAT. Great album

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Tue May 17 2022
5

Love the violent femmes

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Thu May 19 2022
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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Thu May 19 2022
5

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

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Sat May 21 2022
5

A classic.

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Thu May 26 2022
5

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

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Thu Jun 30 2022
5

Attitude, great songs, killer bass runs. I love this album. I can see why a lot of people will be turned off by the singing, but it works perfectly for me.

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Sun Jul 03 2022
5

Отличный альбом для юношей честной судьбы. Обязательно войдет в коллекцию! Бас, околонытье и драйв.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
5

LET ME GO OOONNNNN

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Thu Jul 21 2022
5

Strong from beginning to end. Adding Gimme the Car into this album was not a good decision. The song is rape-y and should be delegated to the vault

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Tue Aug 09 2022
5

Perfect folk punk album. Absolutely loved it.

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Sat Aug 13 2022
5

An incredibly formative album for me during high school. I haven't listened to it in at least a decade and yet I can sing along like I wrote the damn things.

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Sat Aug 13 2022
5

Ya gotta love it

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Thu Aug 18 2022
5

The term 'folk punk’ would normally strike fear into my heart, but I have always loved this album since I first heard it back in the day. The lyrics may be a bit juvenile in places, but this a fantastic set of songs (other than To The Kill, which seems to be trying too hard) and they flow together as a good album should. To me, it’s definitely more punk than folk, but the harmonies help take this away from the punk formula, whilst retaining that same energy. And Gone Daddy Gone is a bonafide hit-single-that-never-was.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

To start i dont hear voices in my head, stop asking that my name is jeff and i have cancer i have no hair and am bald and fat and ugly.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

Knew this album by heart in college. Got to see them live about 1987.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

All time great album.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
5

No need to criticize. This album is 100% banger. Alt rock before it existed. Kinda reminds me of Meat Puppets but fully acoustic. I love this 10/10

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Tue Aug 30 2022
5

Rugged energy, powerful bass, joy to listen to

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Fri Sep 02 2022
5

Holy shit....how have I never heard this album before!? Immediately listenable and now I need liner notes with lyrics.

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Sat Sep 03 2022
5

amazing of course

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Mon Sep 05 2022
5

Pure, raw, angsty teenage energy right here.

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

Loved the first track, obviously. Some other good tunes as well. Really related to Add it Up

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

Amazing album. This sums up all of my later high school years in one album. 5/5

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

TOP TEIR ALBUM the perfect the meaning of strong chorus and soft verses I actively enjoyed all the songs on this album except “Gone Daddy Gone” Also Brian Ritchie’s bass brings such a unique sound to this album and band that if everything else was bad it would be the only miracle drug thatd keep you sucked in

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Fri Sep 23 2022
5

Classic. Really served as my introduction to alternative back in the day (with The Cure's \"Boy's Don't Cry\" album), and whether it's nostalgia or more than that, it still holds up to this day. So unique musically and lyrically.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
5

So there's me in 1993, a 18 year old 'soutie' in the heart of Bloemfontein doing his South African national service. I had Add It Up (1981-1993) to keep me and a few of my fellow 'troepe' company. Never listened to the back catalog, but my god I'm glad I did. Takes me back while making me look forward I'm not a punk fan, but this scratches an itch I definitely have .

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

holy crap what a debut. so many classic tracks I've heard before but not known it was this band. catchy, loose, jangly instrumentation. fun and often weird lyrics. slightly horny. def gonna enter my rotation.

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Tue Oct 11 2022
5

This is such a raw honest album that captures something of what it is like to be a teenage boy. I loved it then (on vinyl) and it still sounds great

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Wed Oct 12 2022
5

Love this album.

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Sat Oct 15 2022
5

How do they manage to make an acoustic guitar sound so godly orgasmic? The album cover and eery acoustic sound give off old western vibes. It's energetic, witty, and exciting. You can feel the raw emotion and turmoil of the vocalist. It's fun to sing along to most of these songs. The instrumentation is interesting (particularly their unique usage of acoustics and the xylophone), and the solos are especially creative. Every song is fantastic, even the least popular songs feel perfected to every second. This is what punk is all about, and I'm glad there were more bands besides The Replacements in the 80s fusing punk with more melodic rock styles (from a different approach of New Wave). Wish the two bonus tracks were incorporated into the album somehow, maybe with a little more polish ("Ugly" straight up sounds like 60s garage), cause "Good Feeling" is a great note to send off with.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
5

I mean just classic badass punk rock. It's not complicated but it doesn't need to be to sound great.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
5

This might be the first "alternative" album I ever heard. I thought it was the weirdest thing I had ever heard. Was this guy serious? Is he actually angry or not? I hadn't heard punk before so the attitudes and forthright emotion confused my 12 year old brain. I thought a lot about the lyrics in a way that I had never analyzed the records I liked from C+C Music Factory and Culture Club. When I was exposed to this record I also heard Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. The vocals on those records were hard to make out at times but the vocals on Violent Femmes are so clear.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
5

I mean, it's a classic and a pioneering "alternative" record. Rate it up there with the best REM, The Cure, The Smiths.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
5

Nice. Another one I haven't listened to since I was a kid. I was 12 when this came out. I never owned a copy. Owning a cassette with cursing on it? No way. I felt like a rebel as my friends and I would crowd around my friend Andrews boom box at school and try to sneak in a song or two at recess. I don't think I ever even heard the second half of the album until today. Too bad, because it's great. Even more adventurous and fun. Loved the xylophones on "Gone Daddy Gone." It's an interesting album in that I don't think there's anything else quite like it. It's quirky and fun and funny but also angsty and ragged and nervous. I was too young at 12 to really understand everything he was singing about but I definitely agreed with the vibe. And the band crushes it, especially the bassist. And even though I was bitching about the '80s the other day, here's an example of an 80s album that still sounds great, precisely because it doesn't have any of that '80s production that sounds so dated today. This thing could have been recorded this year. Reading about the album, I keep seeing comparisons to the first Modern Lovers' debut, and yeah, maybe, I guess I can kinda sorta see it, but Jonathan Ritchman was singing about Pablo Picasso, whereas Gordon Gano, is singing about being a teen in America, and he nails it better than most YA novels ever have.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
5

11/10 for the acoustic bass and the awesome bass fills alone. This album is lightning in a bottle.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
5

Another one of my favorites from a "power" trio. This is raw folk-punk that is driven by Victor DeLorenzo's straight forward drum parts and Gordon Gano's rhythm guitar. Gordon's whiney vocals give the color but Brian Ritchie is core to their success (in my opinion.) He is an extremely gifted bass player and bumped up the energy and interest in every song. He also plays the xylophone in "Gone Daddy Gone" which claws that pull you into the hook. This album is full of teen angst and sexual frustration which makes it less accessible to the main stream but it's real even if you don't want to say it out loud. I love this album as a reminder of my awkward youth even if it doesn't apply to adult life or current mindset.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

I liked this but I'm not sure why. I think I recognise one of the songs from an old Tony Hawk game?

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Tue Nov 01 2022
5

I actually know this album pretty well, as my mother would play it constantly as I grew up. Despite now questioning if this was the best lineup of songs for a child to be listening to, this album is excellent. The song has a great presence of punk that a lot of folk "punk" bands miss. It certainly feels just like raw emotions, and sounds good doing it. Are the lyrics questionable? Absolutely, but I'd say not understanding that that's the point would be a major disservice to this album. Every song just knows exactly what beats to hit when needed, and ending on a slower, melancholy note really wraps it all up. Just wonderful.

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Sun Nov 06 2022
5

the perfect saturday night warm up tracks. wow. just... wow.

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

Love this album. I've always really dug just how up front in the mix the bass guitar is. And it's such a clean but also unpolished recording. If it weren't for the sound of the vocals, it's easy to think this was recorded in the 60's or 70's.

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

Music for dorks, wimps, geeks—my people, who could never be cool enough to be cool outcasts. Still sounds totally unique.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
5

I hadn't listened to this in far too long.

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Sat Jul 03 2021
4

Classic.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

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

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Sat Jan 09 2021
4

zajebiste pozdro

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Sat Jan 09 2021
4

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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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

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

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Sun Jan 31 2021
4

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

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Tue Feb 16 2021
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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Sun Mar 28 2021
4

Classic!

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

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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Tue Feb 02 2021
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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Mon Jun 07 2021
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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Wed Jan 13 2021
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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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

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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Sat Feb 06 2021
4

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

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

garage bandy. not bad. reminds me of pixies

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

Like an acoustic energy ball. I like it!

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

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

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Sat Jan 23 2021
4

Rubbish bar 1 song

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

Scrappy, fun, and hooks for days

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

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

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Fri Apr 30 2021
4

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

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Thu Jan 28 2021
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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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

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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Fri Apr 30 2021
4

Good, catchy

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

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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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

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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Tue Apr 27 2021
4

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

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

fun, rustic, invigorating

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

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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Wed Apr 21 2021
4

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

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Mon Jun 28 2021
4

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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Tue May 11 2021
4

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

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Tue May 11 2021
4

I really enjoyed this album.

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Sun May 30 2021
4

treads the line between lackluster and intensely passionate.

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Sat Jun 05 2021
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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Sun Jun 27 2021
4

Really good

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

4

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Tue May 18 2021
4

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

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Sat Jul 31 2021
4

Really good this, folk-reggae-libertines vibes

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Sun Aug 01 2021
4

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

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Tue Aug 03 2021
4

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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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

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

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Sun Sep 19 2021
4

A very nice album

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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

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

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

4.5

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Thu Oct 07 2021
4

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

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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

8/10 Muito bom

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Mon Oct 11 2021
4

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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Mon Oct 18 2021
4

Great new album now in my life

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Mon Oct 18 2021
4

An absolute gem of an album.

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Sat Oct 30 2021
4

Them nerds done good.

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Mon Nov 01 2021
4

More of a 3.7, but rounded up to 4

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

Thought it was excellent throughout.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
4

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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Fri Nov 05 2021
4

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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Fri Nov 05 2021
4

Wasn’t expecting a lot but was pleasantly surprised

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Sat Nov 06 2021
4

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

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

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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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

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

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

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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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

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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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

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

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

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

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

lotta bangers

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

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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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

it was ok

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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

GREAT! So many great songs. 4/5

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Tue Jan 11 2022
4

punchy, love it

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Tue Jan 18 2022
4

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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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

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

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

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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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

02/02/2022

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