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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Albums

Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes artwork dell'album Violent Femmes Violent Femmes (Album) Slash US 1983 Vendi questa versione
Violent Femmes - Hallowed Ground artwork dell'album Violent Femmes Hallowed Ground (Album) Slash, Slash Canada 1984 Vendi questa versione
Violent Femmes - The Blind Leading The Naked artwork dell'album Violent Femmes The Blind Leading The Naked (Album) Slash, Warner Bros. Records US 1986 Vendi questa versione
Violent Femmes - 3 artwork dell'album Violent Femmes 3 (Album) Slash, Slash UK 1988 Vendi questa versione
Violent Femmes - Why Do Birds Sing? artwork dell'album Violent Femmes Why Do Birds Sing? (Album) Slash, Reprise Records US 1991 Vendi questa versione
Violent Femmes - New Times artwork dell'album Violent Femmes New Times (Album) Elektra Europe 1994 Vendi questa versione
Violent Femmes - Rock!!!!! artwork dell'album Violent Femmes Rock!!!!! (Album) Liberation Records, Mushroom Australia 1995 Vendi questa versione
Violent Femmes - Viva Wisconsin (Live) artwork dell'album Violent Femmes Viva Wisconsin (Live) (Album, Comp) Beyond (3) US 1999 Vendi questa versione
Violent Femmes - Freak Magnet artwork dell'album Violent Femmes Freak Magnet (Album) Cooking Vinyl US 1998 Vendi questa versione
25738 Violent Femmes - Something's Wrong artwork dell'album Violent Femmes Something's Wrong(22xFile, MP3, Album, 128) eMusic 25738 US 2001
Violent Femmes - BBC Live artwork dell'album Violent Femmes BBC Live (Album) Hux Records UK 1991 Vendi questa versione
add it up 01 Violent Femmes - Live In Iceland: According To Tradition artwork dell'album Violent Femmes Live In Iceland: According To Tradition(CD, Album) Add It Up Productions add it up 01 US 2006 Vendi questa versione
add it up 02 Violent Femmes - Live In Chicago: Q101 artwork dell'album Violent Femmes Live In Chicago: Q101(CD, Album, Dig) Add It Up Productions add it up 02 US 2006 Vendi questa versione
Violent Femmes - We Can Do Anything artwork dell'album Violent Femmes We Can Do Anything (Album) Add It Up Productions, [pias] Australia 2016 Vendi questa versione
Violent Femmes - 2 Mics & The Truth: Unplugged & Unhinged In America artwork dell'album Violent Femmes 2 Mics & The Truth: Unplugged & Unhinged In America (Album) Add It Up Productions, Play It Again Sam [PIAS] US 2017 Vendi questa versione
Violent Femmes - Hotel Last Resort artwork dell'album Violent Femmes Hotel Last Resort (Album) Add It Up Productions, [pias], Add It Up Productions, [pias] US 2019 Vendi questa versione

Singles & EPs

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