Violent Femmes ‎– Violent Femmes

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Album sales: 1,000,000+
First release date: April 1983

The debut studio album from the Violent Femmes. It is considered the the band's biggest-selling album and their only release that went platinum by the RIAA, selling over a million copies. The album also features many of their well-known songs, including "Blister in the Sun", "Kiss Off", "Add It Up" and "Gone Daddy Gone".

Although this album actually came out in April 1983, the "official" release date has apprently been called into confusion. Due to a typo on the Violent Femmes' website and some copies of the album, many believe that it was released in 1982, but this is almost certainly not true. Wikipedia also claims that it was released on November 30, 1982 but there are no facts to support this.

Tracklist

Blister In The Sun 2:23
Kiss Off 2:53
Please Do Not Go 4:15
Add It Up 4:44
Confessions 5:27
Prove My Love 2:37
Promise 2:48
To The Kill 3:59
Gone Daddy Gone 3:03
Good Feeling 3:49

Versions (57)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
1-23845 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(LP, Album) Slash 1-23845 US 1983 Sell This Version
422-828 035-2 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(CD, Album) Slash, London Records 422-828 035-2 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
1-23845, 9 23845-1, 422-828 035-4 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(Cass, Album) Slash, Slash, Splash 1-23845, 9 23845-1, 422-828 035-4 US 1983 Sell This Version
4-23845, 9 23845-4 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(Cass, Album) Slash, Slash 4-23845, 9 23845-4 US 1983 Sell This Version
4-23845, 9 23845-4 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(Cass, Album, Bar) Slash, Slash 4-23845, 9 23845-4 US 1983 Sell This Version
9 23845-4 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(Cass, Album, Club, BMG) Slash 9 23845-4 US 1983 Sell This Version
92 38451 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(LP, Album) Slash, Warner Bros. Records 92 38451 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
VG 50028 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(LP, Album) Virgin, Rough Trade VG 50028 Greece 1983 Sell This Version
BT-7017 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(LP, Album) Big Time BT-7017 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
25RTL17 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(LP, Album) Tokuma Japan Corporation 25RTL17 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
ROUGH 55 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(LP, Album) Rough Trade ROUGH 55 UK 1983 Sell This Version
ROUGH 55, Rough 55 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(LP, Album) Rough Trade, Rough Trade ROUGH 55, Rough 55 Scandinavia 1983 Sell This Version
BT-7017 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(LP, Album) Big Time BT-7017 New Zealand 1983 Sell This Version
ROUGH 55 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(LP, Album) Rough Trade, Virgin ROUGH 55 Greece 1983 Sell This Version
RTD 17 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(LP, Album) Rough Trade, Slash RTD 17 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
ROUGH 55 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(LP, Album) Rough Trade ROUGH 55 Belgium 1983 Sell This Version
43-071-L, 43-071 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(LP, Album) Nuevos Medios, Rough Trade, Nuevos Medios 43-071-L, 43-071 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
TM/RT 55 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(LP, Album) Transmedia, Rough Trade TM/RT 55 Portugal 1984 Sell This Version
1-23845, 9 23845-1 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(LP, Album, RP) Slash, Slash 1-23845, 9 23845-1 US 1984 Sell This Version
D19435, CDLIB5114 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(CD, Album) Slash, Liberation Records D19435, CDLIB5114 Australia 1987 Sell This Version
9 23845-2 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(CD, Album) Slash 9 23845-2 US 1987 Sell This Version
P2 28035 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(CD, Album, Club) Slash, London Records P2 28035 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
9 23845-2 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(CD, Album, Club) Slash 9 23845-2 US 1987 Sell This Version
W2 23845 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(CD, Album, Club) Slash, Columbia House W2 23845 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
92-38454 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(Cass, Album) Slash 92-38454 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
C19435 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(Cass, Album) Slash, Liberation Records C19435 Australia 1987 Sell This Version
SMMC 15, 828 035-4 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(Cass, Album) Slash, London Records SMMC 15, 828 035-4 UK 1987 Sell This Version
SMMC 15, 828 035-4, 8280354 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(Cass, Album, RE) Slash, London Records, London Records SMMC 15, 828 035-4, 8280354 UK & Europe 1987 Sell This Version
LIB5114 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(LP, Album) Slash, Liberation Records LIB5114 US 1987 Sell This Version
SLMP 15, 828 035-1 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(LP, Album, RE) Slash, London Records, London American Recordings SLMP 15, 828 035-1 UK 1987 Sell This Version
828 035-1 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(LP, Album, RE) London Records 828 035-1 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
828 035-1 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(LP, Album, RE) Metronome, London Records 828 035-1 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
828 035-1 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(LP, Album, RE) Metronome, London Records 828 035-1 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
SLMP 15, 828 035-1 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(LP, Album, RE) Slash, London Records, London American Recordings SLMP 15, 828 035-1 UK 1987 Sell This Version
422-828035-2 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(CD, Album, RE) Slash, London Records 422-828035-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
828 035-2 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(CD, Album) Slash, London Records 828 035-2 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
3984 28259 2 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(CD, Album, RE) Slash, London Records 3984 28259 2 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
062 - VG 50028 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(CD, Album, RP) Slash 062 - VG 50028 Greece 1991 Sell This Version
828 035-1 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(LP, Album, RE) London Records 828 035-1 Spain 1991 Sell This Version
828 035-1 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(LP, Album) London Records, Slash 828 035-1 Greece 1993 Sell This Version
828 035-1 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(LP, Album, TP) London Records, Slash 828 035-1 Greece 1993 Sell This Version
828 035-2 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(CD, Album, Unofficial) Slash (3), London Records (3) 828 035-2 Bulgaria 1998 Sell This Version
R2 79951 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(CD, Album, RE) Rhino Records (2) R2 79951 US 2000 Sell This Version
R2 78242 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(2xCD, Album, Club, RE, RM) Rhino Records (2) R2 78242 US 2002 Sell This Version
8122782422 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(2xCD, Album, RE) Slash, Rhino Records (2) 8122782422 Australia 2002 Sell This Version
8122-78242-2 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(2xCD, Album, RM) Rhino Records (2), Slash, Warner Strategic Marketing 8122-78242-2 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
R2 78242 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(2xCD, Album, RM, RE) Rhino Records (2) R2 78242 US 2002 Sell This Version
R1 79951 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(LP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Rhino Records (2) R1 79951 US 2003 Sell This Version
548804 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(LP, Album, Ltd, RP, Gre) Rhino Records (2) 548804 US 2015 Sell This Version
CD 23845 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(CD, Album) Slash CD 23845 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
D19435, CDLIB5114 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(CD, Album) Slash, Liberation Records D19435, CDLIB5114 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
828 035-2 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(CD, Album) Slash, London Records 828 035-2 Australasia Unknown Sell This Version
828 035-2 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(CD, Album, RE) Slash, London Records 828 035-2 UK Unknown Sell This Version
828 035-2 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(CD, Album, RE) Slash, London Records 828 035-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
828 035-2 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(CD, Album, RE, RP) Slash, London Records 828 035-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
LIB51147 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(LP, Album) Slash, Liberation Records LIB51147 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
BT-7017 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes(LP, Album, RE) Big Time, Slash BT-7017 New Zealand Unknown Sell This Version

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jefreybwilkerson

jefreybwilkerson

June 24, 2016
referencing Violent Femmes, LP, Album, RP, 1-23845, 9 23845-1
Aaaah, the memories.....

I will never forget the first time I heard this album. I was only 11, I heard it playing from down the hall and ran to my sister's room, and demanded to know who it was. I was addicted at once.
The Violent Femmes' first album is remarkable. It's intimate, it's nasty, it's tender, it's vulgar, it's mellow, it's vicious, it's funny, it's morose. If you like someone and you want to make them a mix, you need something from this album. (There's lots to choose from their first four albums, but you can't go wrong here.)

I don't know how much of an impact it might make on a young person today, but for me it was a milestone for an adolescent who thought he knew what to expect from punk rock. It also makes a great gift.

JBW
customer21

customer21

May 6, 2016
edited 2 months ago
referencing Violent Femmes, LP, Album, RP, 1-23845, 9 23845-1
I totally dug this alb when I was 18. Then 2 years later I just couldn´t hear it anymore. And if I´m listening to it now after 30 years I still think it´s a good one but I just can´t feel the magic it once had. And this is the only example for that in my listening career. And now I´m not that sure if this alb isn´t more superficial than I thought
anothermansvinyl

anothermansvinyl

December 23, 2015
edited 8 months ago
referencing Violent Femmes, LP, Album, Ltd, RP, Gre, 548804
As of Jan 1 2016, still readily for sale at the normal and low sticker price. 22 bucks I think. I got one, and mine's not the usual forest green you see on a lot of records. It's more of an aqua-marbled color, sort of like the pics up there. Very sharp.
wallaceg777

wallaceg777

December 4, 2015
referencing Violent Femmes, LP, Album, RP, 1-23845, 9 23845-1

One of the greatest albums Eva!
Jack_Wagon

Jack_Wagon

November 18, 2015
referencing Violent Femmes, LP, Album, RE, RM, 180, R1 79951

This reissue is awesome. The snap of Ritchie's bass, Gano's guitar and the vocals! Wow, you've never heard this album until you get this version.
htimsidna

htimsidna

October 28, 2014
referencing Violent Femmes, LP, Album, RE, RM, 180, R1 79951

This is a beautiful pressing. Its one of the best sounding records that I've bought new as of late. The bass is so distinct. I'm having no pops, crackles or the like and its amazing. I would recommend this pressing a hundred times over.
macauley

macauley

February 11, 2014
referencing Violent Femmes, LP, Album, RE, RM, 180, R1 79951
I just picked up this pressing as well. Found it had a lot of crackle and pop as well as recurring scratchy sound. I cleaned the record and visually inspected it. It seems visually fine, but it sounds rough in spots, especially "Blister in the sun". I am going to play it s few times to see if the issue clears up, if not I may return it and try my luck with a different copy. If I ignore periodic crackle and pop, this is a good sounding album.
Noid09

Noid09

January 16, 2014
referencing Violent Femmes, LP, Album, RE, RM, 180, R1 79951

Beautiful sounding pressing, bass really sticks out.
I don't have anything but the CD to compare to, but I can say that the vinyl is better.
tlafrance

tlafrance

December 11, 2011
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Violent Femmes, LP, Album, RP, 1-23845, 9 23845-1

Best Rock Xylophone solo ever! This album proves you don't need to be plugged in to totally knock down the walls. Is it wrong that I use Add It Up to teach my children how to count?
hatfulofelt

hatfulofelt

July 25, 2011
referencing Violent Femmes, LP, Album, ROUGH 55
If anyone knows if a Rough Trade CD version exists, that would be wonderful.