For the first time in 15 years, there's a new Violent Femmes album


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The Mercy Seat album actually came out in 1985 or 86. I just was never reissued on CD until around 2009.

It’s an absolutely crazy album. Gospel tinged with acoustic guitar at breakneck speeds. Truly unique and I never understood why it just disappeared so quickly.


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Boss shoes with those jean shorts, man.


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i am only slightly exaggerating if i say that their eponymous tape was in my backpack every single day of my high school career. heavily rotated. And i scored the LP from a Vandy student’s yard sale for like a buck. still got it. the impact that album had is astounding. a huge gateway for a lot of us as young kids into a culture spread by zines, shows, word of mouth, and tape trading. thank god. top 40 and MTV was so dull.

i had Hallowed Ground for a while because i loved the country death song but couldn’t get into the entire album. i didn’t have a copy but remember Why Do Birds Sing as being a good one.


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No Victor no Femmes. Unless Gordon exorcises the Wendy’s commercial permanently from my memory.


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I can’t remember what year i saw Violent Femmes in Vegas when i lived there… 2011-ish perhaps Maybe 2010. But i loved seeing them live, i’m not sure if it was all the original members but i still had a hell of a time. Looking forward to this new album.


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I’m happy to see someone else give some love (as well as awareness of its existence) to The Mercy Seat. It’s easily one of my all-time favorite records and was the point of entry for my enduring love of both punk rock and old-school gospel.


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I saw the Violent Femmes open for Nina Hagen (of all people) in Madison, WI, probably before their first album was released (so late 1982). There were only a handful of people there in this very small club who were interested in the Femmes, since they were so different musically, but I thought they were amazing. I remember that Brian Ritchie was basically pogo’ing on his bass (which must have been massively reworked internally to support him) and Gordon Gano was playing a round-bellied silver spanish guitar. Victor DeLorenzo played a battered old snare drum inside a metal garbage can. It was an amazing set and a treasured memory of my college experience,


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 VIG!


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I know! He’s a phenomenal drummer! (We’ve talked about this before, haven’t we?)


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