Library Rock's Backpages

Violent Femmes

Violent Femmes

15 articles

Audio interviews

Violent Femmes (1986)

Interview by Martin Aston, Rock's Backpages audio, April 1986

Brian Ritchie talks about the acoustic approach of the trio's first two albums, and about getting more electric with The Blind Leading the Naked; about the instruments they use and the multitude of approaches they take in the studio. Ritchie and Gordon Gano talk about the sound of the new album, about being produced by Talking Head Jerry Harrison; about their previous album Hallowed Ground and their label Slash. Finally, Gano talks about what's important to him, his songwriting... and the existence or otherwise of God.

File format: mp3; file size: 44.7mb, interview length: 46' 35" sound quality: ***

List of articles in the library

By date | By writer | Most recently added

Violent Femmes: Haçienda, Manchester

Live Review by 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. ...

Violent Femmes: We Can Do Anything

Review and Interview by Graeme Thomson, Uncut, April 2016

NOT SO MUCH a boast as an expression of amused incredulity, the title of Violent Femmes' ninth studio album is an acknowledgement that few comebacks ...

Violent Femmes: Why Do Birds Sing?

Review by Mike Barnes, Select, May 1991

WHY DO BIRDS SING? is the long-awaited follow up to 3, Violent Femmes' fourth LP from 1988. Although it runs the spectrum of their past ...

Violent Femmes: Music Machine, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Mark Leviton, Music Connection, 24 November 1983

THE PLAYERS: Gordon Gano, guitar, vocals; Brian Ritchie, bass, vocals; Victor de Lorenzo, drums; Peter Balastrieri, saxophone. ...

Violent Femmes: New Times (Elektra/All Formats)

Review by Andrew Mueller, New Musical Express, 21 May 1994

IN A SANE world, every child on earth would be issued with a copy of the Femmes' 1985 debut the moment they reached puberty — ...

Violent Femmes: These Daddies Haven't Gone Anywhere

Profile and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 29 June 2018

BRIAN RITCHIE says that he gets asked a certain question often. Maybe somebody sees him with his long blond hair. Or that he's carrying a ...

Albums by Eno, Rosanne Cash et al

Review by Mary Harron, The Observer, 9 March 1986

BRIAN ENO: More Blank Than Frank (EG Records EGLP 65) ...

Slash: L.A.'s Maverick Label Meets the Majors

Interview by Mark Leviton, BAM, 10 February 1984

LOS ANGELES —"Music is a vehicle for ideas, and if the ideas suck and the music's good, it's still pretty bad music." The man at ...

Violent Femmes: Why Do Birds Sing? (Slash/Reprise)

Review by Jon Young, Spin, July 1991

VIOLENT FEMMES have long carried on the proud tradition of rockin' cool jerks without inspiring the respect accorded fellow geeks David Byrne and Jonathan Richman. ...

Violent Femmes: Hallowed Ground (Slash/London)

Review by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, 18 August 1984

MILWAUKEE IS Dullsville by any other name, so little wonder that the three superbuskers who comprise The Violent Femmes munch upon the tastiest feast Americana ...

Violent Femmes: Femme-Inism

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, 8 March 1986

It seems that the Violent Femmes, American outer-limits oddballs of note, are getting heavily into fish and wah-wah pedals. Sandy Robertson went along to find ...

Violent Femmes: Dangerous Visions

Interview by Andy Gill, New Musical Express, 29 March 1986

The VIOLENT FEMMES are, in deed, weird fish. Bagpipers, Bolan and Wild Billy Burroughs all seem to stagger blindly into their orbit. ANDY GILL herein ...

The Violent Femmes: The Violent Femmes

Review by Bill Holdship, Creem, October 1983

ROMANTIC AND SEXUAL frustration have long been central themes in rock, and Gordon Gano – the Violent Femmes' 20-year-old singer, songwriter and guitarist – seems ...

Violent Femmes: The Blind Leading The Naked

Review by Ira Robbins, Creem, June 1986

TWO LINES ON Violent Femmes' wrenchingly raw, largely acoustic debut album stand unequalled in the rock 'n' roll hall of fame for forthright candor in ...


back to LIBRARY