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Why Do Birds Sing?

    The textbook American cult band of the ‘80s, Violent Femmes captured the essence of teen angst with remarkable precision; raw and jittery, the trio’s music found little commercial success but nonetheless emerged as the soundtrack for the lives of troubled adolescents the world over. Their self-titled 1983 debut was a blueprint for legions of sardonic alternative rockers that would follow, and they continued their blend of searing, darkly humorous lyrics and sharp-edged folk-rock on other standout albums like 1991’s Why Do Birds Sing.

    Violent Femmes formed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the early ‘80s, made up of singer/guitarist Gordon Gano, bassist Brian Ritchie, and percussionist Victor DeLorenzo. After being discovered by the Pretenders’ James Honeyman-Scott while they were busking on the street, the band signed to Slash and issued their self-titled debut, a melodic folk-punk collection which struck an obvious chord with young listeners who felt a strong connection to bitter, frustrated songs like “Blister in the Sun,” “Kiss Off” and “Add It Up.” Though never a chart hit, the album remained a rite of passage for succeeding generations of teen outsiders, and after close to a decade after release, it finally achieved platinum status.

    40 years on, Violent Femmes’ legacy remains strong, while their influence can be heard across multiple genres—from the anti-folk movement of the early 2000s to the chart-topping hits of Barenaked Ladies, and the indie-pop of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. In 2014, Popmatters declared that the folk-punk pioneers “may have very quietly been one of the most important rock bands of the 1980s, if not the past quarter-century…[They] celebrated the simplicity of pop music from the fringes, attacking convention with a mix of humour and violence.” Pitchfork argued that “The Femmes don’t signify an era so much as a time of life,” adding that “for young people growing up in the internet age” their music “is part of a shared language.”

    ALBUM OVERVIEW
    Why Do Birds Sing? is the fifth studio album from the textbook American cult band, Violent Femmes. It was their last studio album with original drummer, Victor DeLorenzo. Featuring the fan favourite “American Music,” which reached No. 2 in the Billboard Modern Rock Chart, as well as a cover of Culture Club’s “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me.”

    TRACK LISTING

    1LP
    Side A
    American Music
    Out The Window
    Look Like That
    Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
    Hey Nonny Nonny
    Used To Be
    Side B
    Girl Trouble
    He Likes Me
    Life Is A Scream
    Flamingo Baby
    Lack Of Knowledge
    More Money Tonight
    I'm Free

    2CD
    Disc 1
    1. American Music
    2. Out The Window
    3. Look Like That
    4. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me
    5. Hey Nonny Nonny
    6. Used To Be
    7. Girl Trouble
    8. He Likes Me
    9. Life Is A Scream
    10. Flamingo Baby
    11. Lack Of Knowledge
    12. More Money Tonight
    13. I'm Free
    14. Me And You*
    15. Color Me Once (Early Version)*
    16. 4 Seasons (Early Version)*
    17. Breaking Up (Early Version)*
    18. American Music (Alternate Mix)*
    19. Dance, M.F., Dance!

    Disc 2
    1. Look Like That (Live At The Boathouse, Norfolk, VA / 1991)
    2. Out The Window (Live At The Boathouse, Norfolk, VA / 1991)
    3. Fat (Live At The Boathouse, Norfolk, VA / 1991)
    4. Blister In The Sun (Live At The Boathouse, Norfolk, VA / 1991)
    5. Prove My Love (Live At The Boathouse, Norfolk, VA / 1991)
    6. Country Death Song (Live At The Boathouse, Norfolk, VA / 1991)
    7. Old Mother Reagan (Live At The Boathouse, Norfolk, VA / 1991)
    8. Confessions (Live At The Boathouse, Norfolk, VA / 1991)
    9. Girl Trouble (Live At The Boathouse, Norfolk, VA / 1991)
    10. Add It Up (Live At The Boathouse, Norfolk, VA / 1991)
    11. Good Feeling (Live At The Boathouse, Norfolk, VA / 1991)
    12. More Money Tonight (Live At The Boathouse, Norfolk, VA / 1991)

    Violent Femmes

    Add It Up (1981 - 1993)

      The textbook American cult band of the '80s, Violent Femmes captured the essence of teen angst with remarkable precision. 40 years on, their legacy remains strong. 'Add It Up (1981-1993)' documents the trailblazing trio's stylistic development as they rose to become one of alt-rock's most commercially-successful acts.

      This 23-track compilation includes hits such as "Blister in the Sun," "American Music," and "Gone Daddy Gone," plus live recordings of favourites like "Add It Up," and "Kiss Off," alongside a trove of demos, B-sides, interstitial voice recordings, and rarities. Available on vinyl for the first time since its brief initial pressing in 1993.

      TRACK LISTING

      LP1:
      Intro
      Waiting For The Bus
      Blister In The Sun
      Gone Daddy Gone
      Gordon's Message
      Gimme The Car
      Country Death Song
      Black Girls
      Jesus Walking On The Water
      36-24-36
      I Held Her In My Arms

      LP2:
      I Hate The TV
      America Is
      Old Mother Reagan
      Degradation
      Dance, Motherfucker, Dance!
      Lies (Live)
      American Music
      Out The Window
      Kiss Off (Live)
      Add It Up (Live)
      Vancouver (Live)
      Johnny (Live)

      Violent Femmes

      Hotel Last Resort

        Ground breaking US band Violent Femmes return with 10th studio album ‘Hotel Last Resort’.

        Album includes featured appearance from professional skateboarder Stefan Janoski on backing vocals on a new version of the classic Femmes track ‘I’m Nothing’.

        Album title track ‘Hotel Last Resort’ features legendary guitarist Tom Verlaine (Television).

        For fans of Pixies, Television, Pavement.

        TRACK LISTING

        1 Another Chorus
        2 I Get What I Want
        3 I'm Nothing
        4 Adam Was A Man
        5 Not OK
        6 Hotel Last Resort
        7 Everlasting You
        8 It's All Or Nothing
        9 I'm Not Gonna Cry
        10 This Free Ride
        11 Paris To Sleep
        12 Sleepin' At The Meetin'
        13 God Bless America


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