26 April, 2016

V for Violent Femmes!

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.
It's gruesome.
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. 

14 comments:

  1. funnt how the brain fills things in for us. For a split second I read the title as Violet Flame, maybe cos that is something I know about..eventually read what it actually said

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    1. haha! My brain did that to me on someone else's blog, earlier.

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  2. I haven't heard of them! But then there is lots of things I am learning through the challenge. One of the reason I like to go around and read new blogs.

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  3. I love the first song, have never heard the second, and I'd probably be OK if I didn't again...but between this and your earlier Walter White comment, uhhhh...do you have crime spree you want to get off your chest or anything? You know, any old little crime spree?

    What a strange idea for a song, and then pairing it with the upbeat tune...

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    1. HAHA! Actually, I'm quite the rule-follower in real life. I think finding joy in villains and dark tales may be compensation.

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  4. I think I've heard of them... lol. I enjoyed the second song... upbeat for a rather grusome tale

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    1. I know! You just don't expect it!

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  5. I haven't thought about them in so long, but grinned like a loon through the whole video. I've got to add them to my Pandora. Thank you for reminding me of them!

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    1. Anytime!
      I had a college roommate who would always call into the radio station's request hour and request Blister in the Sun.

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  6. They do have an '80s-ish sound, I think, Red. The second song, though, sounds Dylan-ish -- dark Dylan. Thanks for introducing me to this group. Music is my first love.

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    1. They aren't played very often these days, but you can find them!

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  7. I think this is actually the first time I have heard the Violent Femmes. I'd heard of them, but never listened.

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    1. WHAT?!?
      That's it. I'm bringing my CD next road trip.

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