Thursday, July 05, 2007

Violent Femmes

My multi-year retrospective tour of both Mary’s tapes and my own landed my on a Violent Femmes record I never owned myself. In the years since the Femmes got coopted into first frat boy anthem and then the classic rock format, it’s become easy to forget how new they sounded when they appeared, in ’84 or so, and how fresh they remain to ears disaccustomed to their sound. These guys were not even thinking about kidding, purists who somehow found the mike. Like Casey Casem meeting the Birthday Party.

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