I have been a fan of Violent Femmes since... high school? college? And I'm not an avid concert-goer, but I've seen these guys TWICE!
Since they are not exactly mainstream, maybe I should explain that Violent Femmes is a musical group. How do we classify them - alternative? I guess I'd say alternative. My general taste as far as rock music goes is alternative, so yeah. Not the typical 80s alternative - Depeche Mode, Cure, Smiths, etc. They are wackadoo hilarious fun alternative.
The first time I saw them live was in a college gymnasium, and I was there with my sister. It was a pretty lackluster crowd, but the music was good.
One of my favorites of theirs:
(You may recognize it from the Gnarls Barkley remake.)
I knew a guy in college who could play that marimba part perfectly.
Sometime before my second opportunity to see them - at this awesome beach-themed club in Ocean City, MD - my friend who was going with me gave me a copy of a different CD of theirs than I'd previously heard. That is the only place I've heard Country Death Song.
I love it!
It's so peppy!
It's so dark.
But hoe-down fun in sound. Check it out if you want to hear something weird.
They didn't play it at either concert. Probably for obvious reasons.
That second concert was awesome. It was crowded, it was all standing - no seats - so we worked our way up to the very front. And I was there with a good, fun friend.
Moral of the Story: Listen to what makes you happy.