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Format: CD
Sku: 63978759
UPC: 826663052527
UPC 14: 00826663052527
Release Date: 5/24/2005
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Prove My Love ~ Violent Femmes
2. I'm Nothing ~ Violent Femmes
3. Country Death Song ~ Violent Femmes
4. Blister In The Sun ~ Violent Femmes
5. Gimme The Car ~ Violent Femmes
6. Don't Talk About Music (Shut Your Mouth) ~ Violent Femmes
7. Confessions ~ Violent Femmes
8. Hallowed Ground ~ Violent Femmes
9. Life Is An Adventure ~ Violent Femmes
10. Old Mother Reagan ~ Violent Femmes
11. Ugly ~ Violent Femmes
12. Good Feeling ~ Violent Femmes
13. Dahmer Is Dead ~ Violent Femmes
14. American Music ~ Violent Femmes
15. Special ~ Violent Femmes
16. Sweet Worlds Of Angels ~ Violent Femmes
17. Black Girls ~ Violent Femmes
18. Gone Daddy Gone ~ Violent Femmes
19. Add It Up ~ Violent Femmes
20. Kiss Off ~ Violent Femmes
21. Outside The Palace - (Bonus Track) ~ Violent Femmes

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Violent Femmes: Gordon Gano (vocals, acoustic guitar); Brian Ritchie (vocals, shakuhachi, conch, harmonica, soprano saxophone, Theramin, xylophone, acoustic bass); Guy Hoffman (vocals, bugle, snare drum, tranceaphone).
Muze PNote The Horns Of Dilemma: Sigmund Snopek III (vocals, flute, Native American flute, bass clarinet, oboe, trombone, piano); Mike Kock (saxophone); Shane Derstl (trumpet); Ray Cribb (trombone, bass); Eric Markstrum (trombone).
Muze PNote Recorded live in Wisconsin from October 25-31 1998.
Muze PNote Violent Femmes: Brian Ritchie (conch shell, acoustic bass guitar); Gordon Gano, Guy Hoffman.
Muze PNote Personnel: Gordon Gano (vocals, acoustic guitar); Sigmund Snopek III (vocals, flute, Native American flute, bass clarinet, oboe, trombone, piano); Brian Ritchie (vocals, shakuhachi, harmonica, soprano saxophone, xylophone, acoustic bass, Theremin); Guy Hoffman (vocals, bugle, snare drum); Mike Kock (saxophone); Shane Derstl (trumpet); Ray Cribb, Eric Markstrum (trombone).
Muze PNote Additional personnel: Ray Cribb (bass instrument); Sigmund Snopek III, Mike Kock, Shane Derstl, Eric Markstrum.
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: David Vartanian.
Muze PNote Audio Remasterer: Keith Blake.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Brian Ritchie.
Muze PNote Recording information: Barrymore Theater, Madison (10/25/1998-10/31/1998); Grand Opera House, Oshkosh, WI (10/25/1998-10/31/1998); Grand Theater, Wausau, WI (10/25/1998-10/31/1998); Hollywood Theater, LaCrosse (10/25/1998-10/31/1998); Pabst Theater, Milwaukee (10/25/1998-10/31/1998); State Theater, Eau Claire, WI (10/25/1998-10/31/1998).
Muze PNote Director: Guy Hoffman.
Muze PNote Recorded live before an adoring and extremely vocal crowd (guess where), VIVA WISCONSIN is the Violent Femmes' return to basics album. With "no overdubbing, no electronics, no crap," the Femmes tear into their impressive back catalogue of tracks with a fervor that has been somewhat subdued on more than one of the more recent studio albums. The performances here go a long way to suggesting that the best way to hear these songs is live. Nearly every track is at least as good as its studio counterpart, but there are some standouts.
Muze PNote "Life Is an Adventure," from ROCK!!!, was always a nice song, but here is looser and it seems even more heartfelt. Though "American Music" is a song that is good enough to withstand even the most uninspired performance, the version here truly shines, far outstripping the album version that appeared on WHY DO BIRDS SING? To give you an idea of how good these versions are, even an elongated drum solo on "Black Girls" somehow manages to sound as though it ought to have been in the original version (from HALLOWED GROUND). And how can you fault an album that ends after more than 72 minutes with "Kiss Off"?

Producer: David Vartanian; Jeff Palo; David Vartanian; Shawn Amos (Reissue)

Engineer: David Vartanian; David Vartanian

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Sigmund Snopek III

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/24/2005
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1999
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 30525
Music Label Name Label : Shout! Factory
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00826663052527

Professional Reviews

Mojo (Publisher)
(12/99, p.108)
- "...wringing singalong fun from murder, misery and bad sex. A greatest hits, of sorts - black and blue all over."

NME (Magazine)
(11/6/99, p.38)
- 6 out of 10 - "...Despite their age, the nastiness of their records lives on....[the band] can still make your skin crawl and feet tap..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Violent Femmes
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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