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Music, All Shook Down I'm Not Done: An Interview with the Violent Femmes' Gordon Gano

I'm Not Done: An Interview with the Violent Femmes' Gordon Gano

There’s dysfunction, and then there’s the Violent Femmes. Speaking with singer-guitarist Gordon Gano, he tells me that the only definite plan the band has ever had was that they would break-up at the end of the summer in 1981, they…
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Music, Reviewed Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Why isn't anyone bringing up the Violent Femmes? It's because the Violent Femmes aren't cool. The Talking Heads are cool, which is why anyone who wants to knight a new band Artful and Cool reaches for the Talking Heads mantle.…
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Music, House of Tudor House of Tudor

House of Tudor

For me, as for so many kids transitioning from childhood to adolescence in the summer of 1983, the Violent Femmes' eponymous debut provided the soundtrack for my brewing rebellion and angst-riddled naiveté. The angular, post-punk fury of acoustic bassist Brian…
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Music, Pop Philosophy

24 Hour Party Poopers; A Good Haul

Sucking in the Skye Ruby Skye sucks. You probably already know this bit of information. You probably feel the tony nightclub sucks and blows, like Britney Spears trapped in a tornado. But in case you're on the fence, here's another…
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