Violent Femmes (album)  

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Violent Femmes is the debut album by Violent Femmes, released in 1982. The album has gone on to become one of the most acclaimed cult albums, in spite of having never achieved massive fame, and went platinum about ten years after it was released.

In 2002, Rhino Records remastered the album, filled out the disc's length with demos, and added another disc of live tracks and a radio interview for a 20th anniversary special edition, with liner notes by Michael Azerrad.


Most of the songs on the album were written when the songwriter, Gordon Gano, was still in high school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Violent Femmes peaked at #171 on Billboard's Top 200 album chart.

The cover photograph is by Ron Hugo.

Track listing

All songs written by Gordon Gano, except as noted.

Original LP

  1. "Blister in the Sun" – 2:25
  2. "Kiss Off" – 2:56
  3. "Please Do Not Go" – 4:15
  4. "Add It Up" – 4:44
  5. "Confessions" – 5:32
  6. "Prove My Love" – 2:39
  7. "Promise" – 2:49
  8. "To the Kill" – 4:01
  9. "Gone Daddy Gone" – 3:06 (Gano, Willie Dixon)
  10. "Good Feeling" – 3:52

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