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Released 1983

There has never been a time in my life since this record came out that I have not thought of it as one of my all-time favorites. There is nothing that sounds like it, yet it's not weird or esoteric. Just very original. If it had just been recorded this year it would still sound fresh and innovative. You've just got these three dudes playing guitar, bass, and drums, and a lot of it acoustic at that, but still rocking.

Clever lyrics, too. My old boyfriend Billy Colias (the chess player who died in 1993) used to love that line "I hope you know this will go down on your permanent record" from "Kiss Off." He was just a few years out of high school (I was seven years older than him). He used to listen to that song over and over. We'd ride around and do the countdown (or is it a countup?) louder and louder ("I take one, one, one, cause you left me and two, two, two for my family.. and on to...eight, eight, I forgot what eight was for...and 10, 10, 10, 10 for EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING!"). By then we were screaming the song. It's very catchy!

If you remember MTV when it was actually Music Television and not a bunch of reality shows, you probably saw the video for "Gone Daddy Gone." I never was able to get WKZL to add it to regular rotation. I didn't play it that much on New Generation because I had to get to all the other great songs on the record. (I do remember Neal Casady, Charles Neal, that is, played "Gone Daddy Gone" at around 9pm on his last night at KZL before he packed off for London.) Back then when I played "Prove My Love" I had to turn off the volume pot every time Gordon Gano said "shit." The way radio is these days, that wouldn't be an issue. Too bad radio has become so smutty. There was something kinda fun about having to "hide" part of the song.

In addition to doing the three-hour New Generation show on the radio every Sunday, I also DJ'd at several clubs. This record got a lot of requests, especially "Blister in the Sun" and "Add It Up." There was no getting away with playing "Add It Up" on the radio!

The Violent Femmes played at Friday's in Greensboro to promote this record. I have an interview around here somewhere with Gordon Gano and Brian Ritchie that I did on the sidewalk in front of Friday's that afternoon. My friend Julie has pictures from this Violent Femmes' show at Fridays we ve posted here on Deaconlight.com. They were awesome. Minimal setup. Maximum output. Lots of fun.

-- May 1, 2005 (DD)

Cover to Violent Femmes's post-punk book "Violent Femmes"

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Original Album Tracks

  1. Blister in the Sun
  2. Kiss Off
  3. Please Do Not Go
  4. Add It Up
  5. Confessions
  6. Prove My Love
  7. Promise
  8. To the Kill
  9. Gone Daddy Gone
  10. Good Feeling

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