The Tfronky Pick of the Week – Violent Femmes

Violent FemmesHey everybody,

Yes, it has been a few weeks since there was a new Musings post, but there should be two this week. The second one is going to be mind-blowing, just doing the final edits on it now.

Why the Femmes for this week’s pick? Well, because high school wrestling season just started and even though I am not coaching this year the Violent Femmes remain an important part of the beginning of wrestling season.

Here is the deal. The debut self-titled album from the Violent Femmes was released in April 1983. That fall I was a freshman at the greatest high school in the Valley, Sunnyslope High School. I know all of you completely agree with that assessment. Wrestling season commenced and our coaches have a couple of the girls from the school’s dance club come in and take our team through a 10-15 minute aerobics session for stretching. Yes, aerobics. It was horrible at first because the girls were playing Madonna’s debut album for us to work out to, which of course we hated.

I won’t divulge names but any Sloper reading this can probably guess which junior from that squad brought in a tape of Violent Femmes for us to play. That was the first time I heard the magic of that great band and for parts of the next two seasons we were treated to “Blister in the Sun”, “Kiss Off” and “Add it Up” while stretching out for practice. Our coaches kicked the girls out of the room 1/4 of the way into my sophomore season for reasons that shall not be discussed.

Violent Femmes was released 29 years ago and still sounds as fresh today as when I first bought it on vinyl. October 2011 a Musings post about my all-time favorite debut albums has that album at #7 and another Musings post from January 2010 about my top 40 at 40 albums talked about the debut as well. It really was a unique piece of work and contains a myriad of pop hooks within the folk-punk aesthetic the band created.

Even if you aren’t a fan of the band you have probably heard “Add it Up” before. Enjoy.




  1. Tammy · November 9, 2012

    This is one of my all time favorite albums and whenever I hear any of these song I too have so many memories of “Slope”. My sister Michelle and I were hanging out with Joe Liddy and Tom Hoffman when we first heard this group. It was like nothing we had ever heard before, and at first I wasn’t sure what to think of it. About half way into the album I was hooked!!! I am so happy these two awesome fellas shared this music with us. Funny how music can be such a huge part of people’s lives and memories. We can all re-live so many feelings and emotions by simply listening to a single song. I really need to check out your site more often because I am always soooooo impressed with your talent for writing. Your passion for music really shows and it’s too bad so many others aren’t able to share in your gift of words.

    • tfronky · November 11, 2012

      Tammy, thank you so much! Bands like the Violent Femmes, U2, X and INXS bring back many a Slope memory. You’re absolutely right, love music and love writing about it. Thanks again for the support!

  2. Idebenone · November 11, 2012

    Viva Wisconsin , a live album, was released in the United States in 1999 on the independent label Beyond, and was followed by Freak Magnet in 2000. Something’s Wrong (2001), an album of unreleased studio tracks, covers, demos, and acoustic live performances was released as an MP3 -only album through eMusic . In 2002, Rhino Records repackaged their debut 1983 album along with demos and live tracks to coincide with a 20th anniversary reissue. DeLorenzo asked to rejoin for what was to be a farewell tour, thus reinstating the original lineup.

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