Reason #436 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: The Violent Femmes

femmesThis album is one of those rare debuts where everything just worked. The singles (and there were singles) were sublime: Add It Up, Kiss Off and Blister In The Sun, but all the other tracks, especially my favorite Gone Daddy Gone were just as great. The sound? Well that’s a little harder to explain isn’t it? Rockabilly, Psychobilly, punk, lo-fi garage? Singer Gano’s voice was an odd thing too; always out of tune but absolutely perfect.

As Allmusic states it’s “One of the most distinctive records of the early alternative movement and an enduring cult classic.”