AMERICAN MUSIC – May 1, 2002

May 3rd – University of St Thomas – St. Paul Minnesota

Reissue Article in ROLLING STONE
RE: Reissue
Reissue on
RE: Tour Rumor
Drum Lessons with Guy Hoffman

Summer Send-Off Concert features the Violent Femmes at Midway Stadium

The Violent Femmes and two other bands will perform for a Summer Send-Off concert Friday evening, May 3, at Midway Stadium.There will be concessions and a beer garden for those 21 years and older with an ID.Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the Box Office and Expeditions, lower level, Murray-Herrick Campus Center. UST students may purchase one additional ticket for a non-UST student.

Reissue Article in ROLLING STONE
Rejoice and be happy! This link from has a great
article. I’ll copy and paste it in case they take it down!


Violent Femmes Celebrate 20 Years

Expanded edition of band’s debut record to be released in June

Twenty years after the Violent Femmes released their self-titled debut
album, Rhino Records will re-release the LP in a double-disc format,
with demo versions and a live record added. The demo versions of Violent Femmes songs such as “Blister in the Sun” are strikingly similar to the album cuts and reveal a band that did its homework before recording.”We planned things out as much as we could because our resources were extremely tight and limited,” says frontman Gordon Gano. “So we felt like we had to go in and execute what we had planned rather than experimenting with things in the studio.”

As the Wisconsin trio sifted through its back pages, Gano was caught
off-guard by some songs on the live disc, like “In Style” and “How Do
You Say Goodbye.” “There were a couple songs I hadn’t thought about in a long, long time because we never recorded them,” he says. “I laughed outloud. I was a little bit surprised at how much energy and spontaneity there is to the tracks.”

That spontaneity is due in part to the Violent Femmes unique way of
preparing for shows. “We’ve never had a set list,” says Gano. “When we
walk on stage we usually decide the first song we’re going to play and that allows for a lot of flexibility and responding with the audience and doing different kinds of things, because we’re not locked into what the next song is going to be and the one after that. We’re the only group I’m aware of that does this. That’s something that has always surprised me. Why are all these other rock bands doing something so un-rock & roll as having set lists?”

The expanded edition of Violent Femmes hits stores June 18th. The track listing is as follows:

Disc 1:

Blister in the Sun
Kiss Off
Please Do Not Go
Add It Up
Prove My Love
To The Kill
Gone Daddy Gone
Good Feeling
Demos and More
Girl Trouble (demo)*
Breakin’ Up (demo)*
Waiting for the Bus (demo)
Blister in the Sun (demo)*
Kiss Off (demo)*
Please Do Not Go (demo)*
Add It Up (demo)*
Confessions (demo)*
Prove My Love (demo)*
Ugly (U.K. Single)
Gimme the Car (U.K. Single)

Disc 2:

Special (live)
Country Death Song (live)*
To the Kill (live)*
Never Tell (live)*
Break Song (live)*
Her Television (live)*
How Do You Say Goodbye (live)*
Theme and Variations (live)*
Prove My Love (live)*
Gone Daddy Gone (live)*
Promise (live)*
In Style (live)*
Add It Up (live)*
Michael Feldman Interview*
Kiss Off (live)*

*previously unreleased
RE: Reissue
I actually read about the re-release of VF: VF in a newspaper in my
native Iceland. According to the bit the album is due in stores June 18th.

On another topic, I recently stumbled on a VF video release of 1984. I
haven’t looked at it closely yet and the name of it has slipped me for
the moment but I must say that it is marvelously tacky. Is this some kind of rarity? There are about 10 or 12 songs on it, the cream of the first two albums.


RE: Reissue on
The Violent Femmes are reissuing their 1983 self-titled debut, which featured time-tested classics such as “Blister in the Sun” and “Kiss Off,” as a double-CD set, according to the Los Angeles Times. The second disc will feature 26 tracks, 23 of which have never been released.

?MTV News staff report


RE:Tour Rumor
Not that I don’t enjoy side projects of Gordon, Brian, Guy, or Victor- but there is nothing like a live Femmes show . . .

I hope the rumor of the Femmes touring this summer is true. It has been far too long since I’ve seen them, the last time was here in Boston at the Avalon- that was years ago with Possum Dixon opening. Also I haven’t heard anything recently about Gordon Gano’s solo album “Hitting the Ground” Has anyone heard any advance copies- I think its supposed to be released around May or June.

I also ordered the “What do we Have to Do” from cdbaby. It is a fun little album, definitely growing on me more and more with each listen. It doesn’t matter that I don’t know any of the artists doing the covers, its just nice to know that although the Femmes may not have great commercial recognition, that they have the respect and admiration of fellow musicians who have been influenced by the Femmes’.

So anyone interested in setting up a CD-R tree? . . . I don’t know how these things work but I think it would be a great way to share hard to get Femmes material.


Drumming by Hoffman
In this week’s Music Connection (major LA music industry magazine),
there is an ad for drum lessons with Guy Hoffman. Thought you guys’d be interested…