Violent Femmes

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Violent Femmes is an American post-punk band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, initially active from 1980 to 1987 and again from 1988 to 2009. As of 2013, the band is active again. The band has performed as a trio, including singer, guitarist and songwriter Gordon Gano, bassist Brian Ritchie, and four drummers: Victor DeLorenzo (1980–1993, 2002–2009 and 2013), Guy Hoffman (1993–2002), Brian Viglione (2013–2016), and John Sparrow (2016-present).

The Violent Femmes have released nine studio albums and fifteen singles during the course of their career. The band found immediate success with the release of their self-titled debut album in early 1983. Featuring many of their well-known songs, including "Blister in the Sun", "Kiss Off", "Add It Up" and "Gone Daddy Gone", Violent Femmes became the band's biggest-selling album and was eventually certified platinum by the RIAA. Violent Femmes went on to become one of the most successful alternative rock bands of the 1980s, selling over 9 million albums by 2005. After the release of their third album The Blind Leading the Naked (1986), the band's future was uncertain and they split up in 1987, when Gano and Ritchie went solo. However, they regrouped a year later, releasing the album 3 (1989). Since then, Violent Femmes' popularity continued to grow, especially in the United States where the songs "Nightmares" and "American Music" cracked the top five on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 Violent Femmes Violent Femmes 4.8 15
1984 Hallowed Ground Violent Femmes 8
1986 The Blind Leading the Naked Violent Femmes 4 7
1988 3 Violent Femmes 4 3
1991 Why Do Birds Sing? Violent Femmes 3 5
1994 New Times Violent Femmes 4 2
1995 Rock!!!!! Violent Femmes 3
1998 Freak Magnet Violent Femmes 4
2016 We Can Do Anything Violent Femmes 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Debacle: The First Decade Violent Femmes 5 2
1993 Add It Up (1981–1993) Violent Femmes 4.35 8
2001 Something’s Wrong Violent Femmes 1
2005 Permanent Record: The Very Best of Violent Femmes Violent Femmes 3
2011 Original Album Series (Violent Femmes) Violent Femmes 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Viva Wisconsin Violent Femmes 3
2006 Archive Series No. 1: Live in Iceland: “According to Tradition” Violent Femmes 1
2006 Archive Series No. 2: Live in Chicago: Q101 Violent Femmes 1
2006 BBC Live Violent Femmes 1
2007 Archive Series Nos. 1 & 2 Violent Femmes 1
1984‐02‐13: Ingenieurs‐Schule, Kassel, Germany Violent Femmes 1
1984‐05‐15: Stache and Little Brother’s, Columbus, OH, USA Violent Femmes 1
Film Noir Violent Femmes 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 Ugly Violent Femmes 2
1984 It’s Gonna Rain Violent Femmes 1
1986 Children of the Revolution Violent Femmes 1
1991 Money Is Not Our God (Hideous remix) / Special (live) Killing Joke / Violent Femmes 1
1991 American Music Violent Femmes 1
1991 Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? Violent Femmes 3 2
1991 Used to Be Violent Femmes 4 1
1993 I Held Her in My Arms Violent Femmes 1
1994 Breakin’ Up Violent Femmes 4 1
1994 Machine Violent Femmes 1
2008 Crazy Violent Femmes 1
2016 Memory Violent Femmes 1
Blister in the Sun Violent Femmes 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2015 Happy New Year Violent Femmes 2

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