Violent Femmes

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Violent Femmes were founded in 1980 by bassist/multi-instrumentalist Brian Ritchie and drummer Victor De Lorenzo. The name is a contradiction in terms, “Violent” being self-explanatory and “Femmes” being Milwaukee slang for wimp.
The rhythm section added high school singer/songwriter Gordon Gano in 1981. Gano and Ritchie had previously performed together at Gano’s National Honor Society induction ceremony, where they caused a near riot. Gano was expelled from the Society and suspended from high school for this outrage.
One of the only stable aspects of the band is their aversion to rehearsal. Due to this they would take the music to the streets in an attempt to hone it and earn some spare change. It was on one of these occasions that they were spotted by the Pretenders. Chrissie Hynde and the gang were so amused by the Violent Femmes antics that they invited the band to open the show for them. The hometown Milwaukee audience received the Femmes with unanimous booing. However by the end of the set the Femmes had converted approximately 50% of the audience to their cause. Many years later Brian Ritchie encountered Hynde when the Femmes and Pretenders shared the bill at a radio concert. She said, “Oh, you’re still around.”
The Femmes borrowed $10,000 from Victor De Lorenzo’s dad to record their legendary first album in 1982. Slash Records in Los Angeles was the only label to offer them a deal with the amazing advance of $0. The band accepted the deal and started on the predictable round of world tours, recording, more world tours, nervous breakdowns, band members quitting, solo albums, regrouping, more touring, divorces, more crackups, dropped from record deals, new deals, more touring, record company going bankrupt, lawsuits, etc. etc. etc. ad infinitum.
Fast forward to the present. Many things have changed. One thing that hasn’t is the sound of the band. Their loose, improvisational, acoustic sound is timeless.
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Violent Femmes Discography Tracks

Albums

Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes album art Violent Femmes Violent Femmes (Album) Slash US 1983 Sell This Version
Violent Femmes - Hallowed Ground album art Violent Femmes Hallowed Ground (Album) Slash, Slash Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
Violent Femmes - The Blind Leading The Naked album art Violent Femmes The Blind Leading The Naked (Album) Slash, Warner Bros. Records US 1986 Sell This Version
Violent Femmes - 3 album art Violent Femmes 3 (Album) Slash, Slash UK 1988 Sell This Version
Violent Femmes - Why Do Birds Sing? album art Violent Femmes Why Do Birds Sing? (Album) Slash, Reprise Records US 1991 Sell This Version
TCD 0122 Violent Femmes - In Concert-519 album art Violent Femmes In Concert-519(CD, Transcription) BBC Transcription TCD 0122 UK 1991 Sell This Version
Violent Femmes - New Times album art Violent Femmes New Times (Album) Elektra Europe 1994 Sell This Version
Violent Femmes - Rock!!!!! album art Violent Femmes Rock!!!!! (Album) Liberation Records, Mushroom Australia 1995 Sell This Version
Violent Femmes - Viva Wisconsin (Live) album art Violent Femmes Viva Wisconsin (Live) (Album, Comp) Beyond (3), BMG US 1999 Sell This Version
Violent Femmes - Freak Magnet album art Violent Femmes Freak Magnet (Album) Cooking Vinyl US 1998 Sell This Version
25738 Violent Femmes - Something's Wrong album art Violent Femmes Something's Wrong(22xFile, MP3, Album, 128) eMusic 25738 US 2001
HUX 065 Violent Femmes - BBC Live album art Violent Femmes BBC Live(CD, Album) Hux Records HUX 065 UK 2006 Sell This Version
add it up 01 Violent Femmes - Live In Iceland: According To Tradition album art Violent Femmes Live In Iceland: According To Tradition(CD, Album) Add It Up Productions add it up 01 US 2006 Sell This Version
add it up 02 Violent Femmes - Live In Chicago: Q101 album art Violent Femmes Live In Chicago: Q101(CD, Album, Dig) Add It Up Productions add it up 02 US 2006 Sell This Version
Violent Femmes - We Can Do Anything album art Violent Femmes We Can Do Anything (Album) Add It Up Productions, [pias] Australia 2016 Sell This Version
Violent Femmes - 2 Mics & The Truth: Unplugged & Unhinged In America album art Violent Femmes 2 Mics & The Truth: Unplugged & Unhinged In America (Album) Add It Up Productions, Play It Again Sam [PIAS] US 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Violent Femmes - Gone Daddy Gone album art Violent Femmes Gone Daddy Gone (Single) Slash, Rough Trade UK 1983 Sell This Version
Violent Femmes - Ugly / Gimme The Car album art Violent Femmes Ugly / Gimme The Car (Single) Slash, Rough Trade UK 1983 Sell This Version
Violent Femmes - It's Gonna Rain album art Violent Femmes It's Gonna Rain (Single) Slash UK 1984 Sell This Version
882 022-7 Violent Femmes - Hallowed Ground / It's Gonna Rain album art Violent Femmes Hallowed Ground / It's Gonna Rain(7", Single, Promo) Polydor, London Records 882 022-7 France 1984 Sell This Version
Violent Femmes - Children Of The Revolution album art Violent Femmes Children Of The Revolution (Single) Slash, London Records, London American Recordings Spain 1986 Sell This Version
Violent Femmes - I Held Her In My Arms album art Violent Femmes I Held Her In My Arms (Single) Big Time Australia 1986 Sell This Version
1204 Violent Femmes - World We're Living In album art Violent Femmes World We're Living In(7", Single, Promo) Slash 1204 France 1988 Sell This Version
Violent Femmes - Nightmares / World We're Living In album art Violent Femmes Nightmares / World We're Living In (Single) Slash US 1989 Sell This Version
Violent Femmes - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? album art Violent Femmes Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? (Single) Slash, London Records UK 1991 Sell This Version