Great live band.
Whether it was a five minute guitar reverb solo, the collection of weird instuments or fresh takes on their classic songs they never failed to impress.
According to lead singer Gordon Gano, he wrote this song about a girl he had a crush on in high school. He was sensitive about his small hands, and then someone at school came up to him, held his hands in the air, and exclaimed, "Look what small hands he has!" So, he wrote the song from the perspective of a girl lusting after a boy with big hands. This explains the "big hands I know you're the one" line. Some people also think that the line is referring to God, which Gano says was not the intent either.
[The Violent Femmes - Choose 80's](https://muxiv.com/en/album/2549749
This entire album shreddddds other albums. They did more with a snare and stand up bass than other bands did with a entire ensamble.
> The Violent Femmes are an alternative rock band, formed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States in 1980. The band originally consisted of Gordon Gano (vocals, guitar), Brian Ritchie (bass), and Victor DeLorenzo (drums), with Guy Hoffman replacing DeLorenzo following his departure starting in 1993 and up until his return in 2002. The band split in early 2009, their last recording being a cover of the Gnarls Barkley song "Crazy", a response to Gnarls Barkley's cover of the Femmes song "Gone Daddy Gone" released the previous year. In January 2013, it was announced that the Violent Femmes would be reuniting and performing at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April. They performed there, the Bottlerock Napa Valley in May and Milwaukee's Summerfest in June. The band is also on the bill for Riot Fest, which will take place in Chicago in September.
Drummer Victor DeLorenzo said that he would be open to recording new material with the Violent Femmes, but on July 15, 2013, it was announced that Dresden Dolls drummer Brian Viglione would be replacing DeLorenzo as the band's drummer. In a statement, DeLorenzo said "It's always hard to write a eulogy for a lost loved one. In this case, I sadly lament the loss of a dream and an ideal that was once Violent Femmes." Viglione is credited as the drummer on the 2016 release We Can Do Anything but would later be replaced by John Sparrow, who had played in the Violent Femmes backing band previously.
> Their music is an innovative combination of American folk music and punk rock. The lyrics mix common adolescent themes like yearning for love, sex and affection with explorations of sin, death, and the hope of salvation. Their songs often express both a lyrical and musical sense of humor. Critics often attribute the Violent Femmes as laying the groundwork of dynamicism for the 90s grunge movement.
> In its early days, the band frequently played coffee houses and street corners. They were discovered by James Honeyman-Scott (of The Pretenders) on August 23, 1981, when the band was busking on a street corner in front of the Oriental Theatre, the Milwaukee venue that The Pretenders would be playing later that night. Chrissie Hynde invited them to play a brief acoustic set after the opening act. The band signed to Slash Records and recorded their eponymous debut in July 1982.
> The group quickly gained a small cult following after the release of their self-titled album that never burgeoned into widespread popularity, although a few songs from this album did get some recognition ("Add It Up", "Blister in the Sun" and "Gone Daddy Gone"). The debut album Violent Femmes went platinum ten years after its release, and "Blister in the Sun" has become an alternative rock radio staple. Read more on Last.fm.
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I'm high as a kite, I just might, stop to check you out.
I saw them in 93 with Beck. I’ve been to countless shows since, and seeing them was in, I’d say, my top 5 favorite performances ever. They’re weren’t even close to my favorite band but my gf at the time got me tickets to take her. They were so goddamn great live! I still listen to them on a regular basis.
Love the Femmes. I actually used to work with Peter Balestrieri, the sax player from the Horns of Dilemma. Genuinely a great guy. He had some incredible stories about touring with The Pogues.
If anybody doesn't like Blister in the Sun then they don't understand teenage angst driven hillbilly Punk! 😃
If you like this, check out The Bodeans
Mods, when is this song going to be put in the HOF?
I see it on here all the goddamn time.
It's a good song, but let's give it some time to breathe yeah?
I feel like I am just seeing someone post the soundtrack from Love the Netflix show hahaha just finished it up yesterday and now I'm seeing the soundtrack everywhere it seems.
My dad always tells me about the time he saw them in some basement bar and that the drummer was standing. I am admittedly jealous.
Many, many moons ago, when I was a dumb kid, my brother was in a crappy garage band and he came home one day after practice with a cassette that had this song on it. He convinced me that he and his friends wrote it and that they were the ones performing it. I didn't know who the Violent Femmes were at the time and so I believed him.....until I heard it on the radio about a week later and realized that I had been fooled. That was my introduction to the Violent Femmes.
You can hear a fair amount of The Modern Lovers and Lou Reed in the Femmes, but they created their own sound and became a hugely influential band in their own right. Far from a novelty band, they were actually quite dark and occasionally sinister and often out and out brilliant. One of the most important bands in American history.
Great band saw them back in 2014 in Gulfport, MS
I recently repurchased the Violent Femmes Add It Up ( 1981-1993 ) album.
My old one was so destroyed from just being played for years and years that there wasn't really any tracks that were readable anymore. Had to replace it and you know what? Totally worth it.
My only experience with Violent Femmes was when they made an appearance on Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Sabrina and her friends go to meet them, but her aunts want to come along too, so they turn themselves into teenagers and hilarity ensues.
life changing. heard this along w Nothing Shocking, Mudhoney, and Freakey Styley in midish-80's and knew FINALLY rock music was headed back in the right direction. A pure classic ...