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Violent Femmes: Haçienda, Manchester

Cath Carroll, New Musical Express, 1 October 1983

MILWAUKEE WISCONSIN, 90 miles north of Chicago. Famous... for bad beer... over there... and over here. Not so famous over here for the Violent Femmes. In the US and on the continent they play to houses packed and baying but meanwhile, back in the jungle, l'ole Haçienda is modestly milling with the oddballest selection of people. Have the band brought their sisters, cousins and aunts or, dammitall, have those people heard The Album too? Though the Philistines may jostle, you will rank as an apostle of the high aesthetic band if you walk down Piccadilly with a Femmes LP and a lily in your mediaeval hand... siftin' in-a la la, waitin' for ma yah yah. Uh huh. Here they come... "She's gone, Daddy, gone, love is gone, gone, Daddy, gone, love is gone away."

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