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Alternative & Indie - Released July 26, 2019 | [PIAS]

At the dawn of the 80s, the Violent Femmes invented a sort of joyful folk punk, drawing from Jonathan Richman’s Modern Lovers. It was delightfully wonky, energetic and careless, which would influence many groups thereafter, and not just Gaëtan Roussel and Louise Attaque. At 56 years old, Gordon Gano has lost neither his energy, neither his corrosive brand of humour, nor even his knack of putting out killer choruses. Proof with Hotel Last Resort, with which he drags once again the Violent Femmes on to the beaten but charming track. Ultimate luxury, he even invited Tom Verlaine from Television onto the title track single. The album doesn’t ever smell like naphthalene, and it will surely please all the nostalgic, die-hard fans.  © Clotilde Maréchal/Qobuz
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Rock - Released April 13, 1983 | Craft Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 12, 2005 | Craft Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 7, 2017 | Play It Again Sam

In 2016, the Violent Femmes released the album We Can Do Anything, and to promote it, like most bands, they went out on tour. In addition to playing concert venues, the Femmes appeared at a number of radio stations and media events, playing informal sets where they attacked their tunes in a relaxed but strongly committed style. The Femmes brought along a portable recording rig for the tour, and 2017's 2 Mics & the Truth is a live album compiled from the tapes they made during the numerous acoustic radio sessions. These performances are easily the most straightforward and elemental recordings this band has ever released, with the energy and passion of the band in flight making up for the occasional flubbed notes and dropped beats along the way. The set list on 2 Mics spans the group's career, with the best-loved songs from the group's 1983 debut sitting alongside "I Could Be Anything" and "Traveling Solves Everything" from We Can Do Anything, and while the audience generally seems more excited to hear the "hits," the truth is the album is enjoyably consistent, with the newer material boasting much of the same vigor and nerdy smarts as the classics. Considering that he's been making like a emotionally over-amped adolescent since the early '80s, it's impressive how convincing Gordon Gano still sounds on this material, and his guitar work is ragged but right, and bassist Brian Ritchie's acoustic bass and random bellowing provides an ideal yang to Gano's yin. (And considering the acrimony that's led to breakups and lawsuits between them over the years, they seem to be having a pretty great time here.) And if John Sparrow's percussion style takes just a bit of getting used to, there's no arguing he's the most accomplished Weber Grill player in rock music today. 2 Mics & the Truth is the sort of live album that's meant for committed fans rather than casual observers, but those fans will be pleasantly surprised at how much life is left in the Violent Femmes (and their songbook) almost 35 years after the release of their first album. ~ Mark Deming
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Rock - Released June 1, 1984 | Craft Recordings

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Rock - Released April 26, 1991 | Craft Recordings

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Pop - Released January 1, 1988 | Craft Recordings

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Rock - Released February 12, 1986 | Craft Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 1, 2005 | Shout Factory

Few bands have captured the angst, sexual frustration, and repressed rage of the '80s and '90s better than the Violent Femmes. Without falling prey to death, breakups, and commercial overexposure, the Femmes have maintained their simmering intensity with an ever-growing loyal fan base of former punks, Generation Xers, and their younger brothers and sisters. The Wisconsin trio captures nearly two decades of post-punk smarminess with Viva Wisconsin, a live retrospective recorded during a one-week tour of their home state in October 1998 that boasts a depth of song choices and performances. Whether playing their best-known hits or lesser-known classics, the band delivers great live performances with largely nothing more than the acoustic bass, drums, and guitar they are known for. The alternative radio staples "Blister in the Sun," "Gone Daddy Gone," and "Kiss Off" are here, of course, but longtime fans and new initiates will love the variety of songs spanning the band's career. Dark gems like the twisted sagas "Country Death Song," "Gimme the Car," and "Hallowed Ground" showcase singer/songwriter Gordon Gano's capacity for spinning haunting tales. Creepy anthems of alienation like "Prove My Love" and "Confessions" show off the trio's musical virtuosity. Fans love the Femmes for their ability to merge punk, rockabilly, and roots rock with pain-ridden lyrics and pissed-off vibes. Their best anthems, like "American Music," "Black Girls," and the sublime "Add It Up," are played here with crackling intensity. This collection is a must for Femmes fans and a great way to introduce casual fans to the band's body of work. ~ Theresa E. LaVeck
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Alternative & Indie - Released May 27, 2008 | Craft Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 1, 2005 | Shout Factory

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 19, 2019 | [PIAS]