Tag Archives: Violent Femmes

On October 10, 2015.

On October 10, 2015, Steve Mackay died aged 66. He was musician (saxophone), recorded and performed with Violent Femmes, Snakefinger, Commander Cody, Zu, Andre Williams, Smegma, Van Rozay, Estel, Clubfoot Orchestra, Carnal Kitchen Band, The Mojo Boogie Band and Moonlighters, but was best known for his membership in The Stooges. As leader Mackay released three albums.

On July 26, 2019.

On July 26, 2019, “Add It Up Productions” and “PIAS Recordings” labels released “Hotel Last Resort”, the tenth Violent Femmes studio album. It was recorded in 2019, and was produced by Tedd Hutt.

Personnel:

  • Gordon Gano – lead vocals, guitars
  • Brian Ritchie – vocals, acoustic bass guitar, baritone guitar, percussion
  • John Sparrow – drums, percussion
  • Blaise Garza – vocals, contrabass, baritone and sopranino saxophones; piano, harmonium, theremin
  • Tom Verlaine – guitar
  • Stefan Janoski, Aixa Vilar, Go Betty Go, Michelle Rangel, Nicolette Vilar, Todd Piotrowski – vocals 

Track listing:

  1. Another Chorus
  2. I Get What I Want
  3. I’m Nothing
  4. Adam Was a Man
  5. Not OK
  6. Hotel Last Resort
  7. Everlasting You
  8. It’s All or Nothing
  9. I’m Not Gonna Cry
  10. This Free Ride
  11. Paris to Sleep
  12. Sleepin’ at the Meetin’
  13. God Bless Americs

In June 1984.

In June 1984, “Slash” label released “Hallowed Ground”, the second Violent Femmes album. It was recorded in January 1984, at “Secret Sound Studio” in New York City, and was produced by Mark Van Hecke.

Personnel:

  • Gordon Gano– vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, violin
  • Brian Ritchie– acoustic bass, electric bass, slide bass, celesta, marimba, jew’s harp, vocals
  • Victor DeLorenzo– tranceaphone, trap and electric drum sets, stompatron, percussion, vocals
  • Mark Van Hecke – piano, organ
  • Tony Trischka– banjo
  • Christina Houghton – autoharp
  • Peter Balestrieri – vocals, saxophone, harmonica
  • Cynthia Gano Lewis – vocals
  • Drake Scott – cornetto, sackbut
  • John Zorn– alto saxophone, clarinet, game calls
  • John Tanner – clarinet
  • Engineers – John Tanner, Warren Bruleigh

Track listing:

All tracks by Gordon Gano.

  1. Country Dead Song
  2. I Hear the Rain
  3. Never Tell
  4. Jesus Walking on the Water
  5. I Know It’s True but I’m Sorry to Say
  6. Hallowed Ground
  7. Sweet Misery Blues
  8. Black Girls
  9. It’ Gonna Rain

In April 1983.

In April 1983, “Slash” label released the debut, self-titled Violent Femmes album. It was recorded July – September 1982, at “Castle Studios” in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; “Music Works Studios” in London, and was produced by Mark Van Hecke. In 1991, the album was certified Platinum in the U.S. by the “RIIA”.

Personnel:

  • Victor DeLorenzo– snare drum, tranceaphone, drum set, Scotch marching bass drum, vocals
  • Gordon Gano– guitar, violin, lead vocals
  • Brian Ritchie– acoustic bass guitar, xylophone, electric bass guitar, vocals
  • Mark Van Hecke – production; piano
  • Luke W. Midkiff – percussion

Track listing:

All tracks written by Gordon Gano, except where noted.

  1. Blister in the Sun
  2. Kiss Off
  3. Please Don’t Go
  4. Add It Up
  5. Confessions
  6. Prove My Love
  7. Promise
  8. To the Kill
  9. Gone Daddy Gone – Gordon Dano, Willie Dixon
  10. Good feeling

 

On May 17, 1994.

New Times_

On May 17, 1994, “Elektra” label released “New Times”, the sixth Violent Femmes album. It was recorded in 1994, and was produced by Stephen Street.

Personnel:

  • Gordon Gano: vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, violin, organ, baglama
  • Brian Ritchie: electric bass guitar, acoustic bass guitar, upright bass, electric guitar, acoustic piano, electric piano, organ, reed organ, electric sitar, nose flute, theremin, keyboards, electronics, baglama, vocals
  • Guy Hoffman: drums, snare drum, percussion, tranceaphone, puili sticks, vocals
  • Luisa Mann: vocals

Track listing:

All tracks by Gordon Gano, except where noted.

  1. Don’t Start Me on the Liquor
  2. New Times – Walter Mehring, Henry Marx, Gordon Gano
  3. Breakin’ Up
  4. Key of 2
  5. 4 Seasons
  6. Machine – Gordon Gano, Brian Ritchie
  7. I’m Nothing
  8. When Everybody’s Happy – Gordon Gano, Brian Ritchie
  9. Agamemnon
  10. This Island Life
  11. I Saw You in the Crowd
  12. Mirror Mirror (I See a Damsel)
  13. Jesus of Rio

On April 30, 1991.

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On April 30, 1991, “Reprise” label released “Why Do Birds Sing?”,the fifth Violent Femmes studio album. It was recorded in 1990, and was produced by Violent Femmes and Michael Beinhorn.

Personnel:

  • Gordon Gano- vocals, guitar
  • Brian Ritchie- bass, guitar, bouzouki, banjo, ukulele, mouth harp, didgeridoo, xylophone, glockenspiel, vocals
  • Victor DeLorenzo- drums, brushes, tranceaphone, tambourine, shakers, sleigh bells, tympani, firewood, cowbell, bongos, conga, fire extinguisher, vocals
  • Michael Beinhorn- Hammond organ, Mellotron, piano, harmonium
  • Sid Page, Suzie Katayama, Ilene Novog, Larry Corbett – strings
  • Tommy Mandel- keyboards
  • Eric “ET” Thorngren – engineer, mixing
  • David Vartanian – mixing
  • Susan Rogers – engineer
  • Tom Fritze – assistant engineer
  • Lori Fumar – assistant engineer
  • Mike Kloster – assistant engineer
  • Howie Weinberg– mastering
  • Mary Jones – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Gordon Gano, except where noted.

  1. American Music
  2. Out of the Window
  3. Look Like That
  4. Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? – George O’Dowd,Mikey Craig, Roy Hay, Jon Moss, Gano
  5. “Hey Nonny Nonny – Shepard Tonie, Gano
  6. Used to Be
  7. Girl Trouble
  8. He Likes Me
  9. Life is a Scream
  10. Flamingo Baby
  11. Lack of Knowledge
  12. More Money Tonight
  13. I’m Free

 

On February 22, 2000.

Freak_Magnet

On February 22, 2000, “Beoynd” label released “Freak Magnet”, the eighth Violent Femmes studio album. It was recorded at “Big House”, “Soundtrack”, “Odin”, “Son/Re”, “DV’s Perversion Room” in Milwaukee, and was produced by Warren Bruleigh, Violent Femmes, Pierre Henry and Tom Grimley.

Personnel:

  • Gordon Gano– vocal, guitar
  • Brian Ritchie– bass, guitar, keyboards, percussion, shakuhachi, vocal, additional recording, cover design
  • Guy Hoffman– drums, percussion, vocal

Track listing:

All tracks by Gordon Gano, except where noted.

  1. Hollywood Is High
  2. Freak Magnet
  3. Sleepwalkin
  4. All I Want
  5. New Generation – Rose Marie McCoy,Albert Ayler, Mary Parks
  6. In the Dark
  7. Rejoice and Be Happy
  8. Mosh Pit – Gordon Gano and Brian Ritchie
  9. Forbidden – William Carlos Williams, Gordon Gano
  10. When You Died
  11. At Your Feet
  12. I Danced – Max Dunn, Gordon Gano
  13. I’m Bad
  14. Happiness Is
  15. A Story – Gordon Gano, Brian Ritchie