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Permanent Record: The Very Best Of [Remaster]

  • 1. Gimme the Car
    2. Blister in the Sun
    3. Gone Daddy Gone/I Just Want to Make Love to You
    4. Kiss Off
    5. Add It Up
    6. Black Girls
    7. Jesus Walking on the Water
    8. Children of the Revolution
    9. I Held Her in My Arms
    10. Nightmares
    11. American Music
    12. Breakin' Up
    13. Color Me Once
    14. I Danced
    15. Country Death Song (Live, 1998)
    16. Freak Magnet
    17. Silent
    18. Silent
    19. Silent
    20. Bonus Track 1
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): R-278472

  • Credits
    ProducerMason Williams (Compilation)

    Composer: Violent Femmes.
    Violent Femmes: Gordon Gano (guitar); Brian Ritchie (acoustic guitar); Victor de Lorenzo (drums).
    Intense, wry, risque, and dependably quirky, the music of Violent Femmes helped define "college rock" in the 1980s. The Wisconsin trio's willfully primitive folk-punk emerged fully formed on the group's 1983
    eponymous debut, unleashing such classic acoustic barnstormers as "Kiss Off," "Add It Up," and the dance-floor sing-along favorite "Blister in the Sun." These tracks are all present on PERMANENT RECORD, a
    band retrospective that follows the Femmes through the fuller sound of HALLOWED GROUND and beyond, touching down on the Talking Heads-like rendition of T.Rex's "Children of the Revolution" (which features the Heads' Jerry Harrison) and the oddly uplifting, nostalgic "American Music."
    Although this 16-song set overlaps somewhat with ADD IT UP: 1981-1993, it follows the Femmes catalog through 2000's FREAK MAGNET (including the melancholy, soul-tinged "Color Me Once" from the soundtrack to 1994's THE CROW), making for a more wide-ranging overview. Throughout the compilation, frontman Gordon
    Gano's unmistakably whiny vocals, caustic lyrics, and fierce acoustic-guitar strumming are at the fore, embodying the skewed charm of this utterly unique ensemble.

  • Critic Reviews
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.130) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Singer Gordon Gano's oeuvre vacillates between extremes of rootsy, lyrical majesty and They Might Be Giants whimsy."
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