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Viva Winsconsin on E-bay
Viva Wisconsin CD
Freak Magnet
Violent Femmes Singles
BITS in Strange Places
Launch.Com Billboard
Radio TMBG

Viva Winsconsin on E-bay
The brand new “Viva Winsconsin” will be released on november, 23. I
found it on E-bay (5 days left) yesterday, and the promo cd will be for
sale ad Southland Cd Store.

The songs are…..
1. Prove My Love 2. I’m Nothing 3. Country Death Song
4. Blister In The Sun 5. Gimme The Car 6. Don’t Talk About My Music
7. Confessions 8. Hallowed Ground 9. Life Is And Adventure
10. Old Mother Reagan 11. Ugly 12. Good Feeling 13. Dahmer Is Dead
14. American Music 15. Special 16. Sweet Worlds Of Angels
17. Black Girls 19. Gone Daddy Gone 20. Kiss Off



Viva Wisconsin CD
On Tuesday we got some new release information via the mojo machine
about the Violent Femmes Viva Wisconsin CD due to be released soon.
Now, the info comes from Lightning Export Ltd
( )
in the UK and I work in Canada so I don’t know if the States will be
following the same path. It is somewhat curious that we Canadians will
be importing it from the UK instead of the US but the Femmes have never
been an easy band to understand ( or their labels ).

Violent Femmes-Viva Wisconsin
Label – Cooking Vinyl
Price – 8.19 ( in pounds )
Order by – 19 Oct
Release Date – 22 Oct
The band’s first live album in their 18 year career, recorded in their
home state last year. Includes fan favourites such as “Blister In The
Sun”, ” Add It Up”, “Kiss Off”, and “Country Death Song”.

Now I just checked on my work’s web site ( ) and
found this conflicting information:

Cdn$35.49 (US $23.35) Violent Femmes: “Viva Wisconsin”
Release Date:1999-09-29
Catalogue Number:COOKCD

>From Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, the Violent Femmes comprise Gordon
Gano (b. 7 June 1963, New York, USA; vocals, guitar), Brian Ritchie
(b. 21 November 1960, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; bass) and Victor De
Lorenzo (b. 25 October 1954, Racine, Wisconsin, USA; drums). Gano and
Ritchie first teamed up for an acoustic set at the Rufus King High
School, Ritchie having formerly played with Plasticland (one single,
‘Mushroom Hill’/’Color Appreciation’). Joined by De Lorenzo, they
recorded a debut album (through Rough Trade Records in the UK). Its
rough, acoustic style failed to hide the Femmes’ intriguing variety of
songs and lyrics, and although they have since mellowed, this formed
the basis of what was to follow. Two acclaimed singles, ‘Gone Daddy
Gone’ and ‘It’s Gonna Rain’ (both 1984), were drawn from Violent Femmes
before Hallowed Ground followed a year later, a more full-bodied work
that lacked the shambolic nature of their debut. Hallowed Ground
contained, what is for many, the classic Violent Femmes composition,
the macabre ‘Country Death Song’. The Blind Leading The Naked nearly
gave the group a hit single in their cover version of T. Rex ‘s
‘Children Of The Revolution’ early in 1986. There was then a long pause
in the Femmes’ activities while Gordon Gano appeared with his
side-project, the gospel-influenced Mercy Seat, and Ritchie recorded
two solo sets for the SST Records label, and one for Dali-Chameleon.
De Lorenzo released Peter Corey Sent Me in 1991 and played on Sigmund
Snopek III’s album, which also featured Ritchie. The release of the
succinctly titled 3 re-introduced a more sophisticated Violent Femmes,
although the grisly subject matter continued, while 1991’s Why Do Birds
Sing? included a savage version of the Culture Club hit ‘Do You Really
Want To Hurt Me?’ Moving to Elektra they released two further albums
which failed to capture the band at their potent best.

You can order at the site along with Rock!!!!! for those who don’t
already own it.
As for me, mine is already on order from my work ( with discount )!


Freak Magnet
I, too, just got a copy of Freak Magnet and I like it very much. I
think, as it is, it stands as one of their strongest colections of
songs. And while I am on the subject of VF albums, I have to profess
my undying love for Hallowed Ground which I would happily take with me
if I were stranded on an island. To me, FM is the first album since
the first two which has the same passion. As per usual, there is anger,
cynicism and satire, but without the same artifice, almost affectation,
hat has touched their last offerings. And more than any one song such
as American Music, I think the whole body of work by the Femmes, the
durability of their music, and the longevity of their career makes them
one of the best rock bads of the century. Or maybe I am just in a
Freak Magnet Haze. There are worse things…


Violent Femmes Singles
Following on the heels of my last email dealing with HMV and Ligthning
Exports and the Violent Femmes is news of the Machine Single (USA) and
the Breakin Up Single (German) being available through HMV Canada. I
was informed of their availability through the mojo machine and got
someone to put them in our system. I believe the Machine Single is the
one with 2 versions,Balkan Falcon,Chinese Rocks & Color Me Once (Live).
Breakin Up should be the one with Didgeriblues (kick ass slow version)
and Peter Jest – at least I hope it is cause I ordered it thinking it
was. I’ve been looking for that one forever! I hope this helps anyone
out there wanting to increase their Violent Femmes collection. Since
both these singles are in HMV Canada computer system they “should” be
on for all of you non-canucks.
For anyone in the Ottawa area on Sunday Oct.24th, between 10-4, at the
Chateau Laurier, smack downtown there is a record convention going on.
I have ALWAYS found some weird esoteric Violent Femmes stuff there.
I’ll try to get some info on where they are going afterwards.

Erik”36″ Foisy


I read John Locke, study the Founding Fathers, support the
Constitution, and am an officer candidate in the Marine Corps. In
other words, I am a devout conservative; however, I am also mildly
obsessed with the Femmes. They do sing about social liberalism, but
that doesn’t mean conservatives won’t like them. Hey, the Femmes have
good music, and conservatives like good things.


BITS in Strange Places
As a reference to playing BITS in public. While watching my beloved
Cleveland Indians lose a tough series to the Boston Red Sox, (I’m still
depressed about their collapse) it was game 3 in Boston when Red Sox
third baseman John Valentin hit a double down the line to left field
scoring 2 (I think) runs.
As I was screaming at the TV and being generally unhappy, Blister comes
blaring over the speakers inside Fenway Park. While it didn’t alleviate
my mood at all it was kinda cool to hear it.


There aren’t many excellent songs that I know with lyrics containing
less than ten words. In fact, I can think of only one, and its called
Dance MF Dance. I was browsing through the sleeve notes for Add It Up
and I was surprised to see that Brian didn’t write this song. What a
shame, I thought it had his mark all over it.

While I’m at it, here’s another thing. I remember years ago (1985) ,
when I first heard the song Add It Up, having a conversation with a
friend. We were students and took ourselves pretty seriously. We were
trying to figure out what the song was about. Tom, my friend, reckoned
it was about a frustrated guy who just couldn’t find himself a woman,
so he had to go out and pay for it. I thought that this was probably
right but we were never sure. I always associate that song with Tom.
We later fell out and haven’t been in contact in years. But whenever I
hear Gordon’s intro, I’m taken right back to our conversation. Back
then, our biggest concern was how to impress our fellow females
students. Looking back, we were mostly unsuccessful, which is probably
why we liked the Femmes so much.


-Pat. Says: The older you get, the harder it is to find new friends.
It is in your best interest to keep or rekindle your old
friendships. I once had a friend with whom I had a falling
out, but he died before I was able to track him down again.
So many things left unsaid…so many misunderstandings
unresolved. “Just for a day or two, I’d like to be with
you, just for a day or two, I’d like to have you alive”

Launch.Com Billboard
I noticed this afternoon bought advertising on a prominent
billboard in Orange County, CA. The ad campaign reads “Violent Femmes,
Orgy, Offspring…. buy music that will keep you up all night”.

Thought that might be noteworthy.

Probably a major campaign throughout the country.


Radio TMBG
i know this is a little off topic, but i was wondering if any of you
had stumbled across radio they might be giants-it’s put together by the
johns, and on … it’s in association with emusic, who
have a lot of not quite mainstream bands and lots of web radio stations
-so my thought was-if tmbg can have a radio station, why not the femmes
-it’s basically all of their old music, and some new stuff-i don’t know
how we’d even go about getting the site to carry femmes material or vf
to give the site the necessary copyrights to have it on, but it would
be cool
ok-everyone have fun-hope you feel better pat-