3 (Violent Femmes album)

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3
Studio album by Violent Femmes
Released early 1989
Recorded Carriage House, Stamford, CT
Genre Alternative rock, folk punk
Length 36:07
Label Slash
Producer Violent Femmes, Warren A. Bruleigh
Violent Femmes chronology
The Blind Leading the Naked
(1986)
3
(1988)
Debacle: The First Decade
(1990)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[2]

3 (despite the title) is the fourth album by Violent Femmes, released in early 1989. The songs on 3 are performed by the three members of the band playing only drums, bass and guitar, with only the addition of keyboards and saxophone. Chris Woodstra of Allmusic noted that the fans of the band's early days would "appreciate the slightly stripped-back acoustic production".[1] The song "Fat" was later featured in the documentary Super Size Me.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Gordon Gano. 

No. Title Length
1. "Nightmares"   3:32
2. "Just Like My Father"   1:42
3. "Dating Days"   3:14
4. "Fat"   1:49
5. "Fool in the Full Moon"   4:25
6. "Nothing Worth Living For"   4:21
7. "World We're Living In"   5:16
8. "Outside the Palace"   2:38
9. "Telephone Book"   1:41
10. "Mother of a Girl"   2:41
11. "Lies"   1:31
12. "See My Ships"   3:17

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Warren A. Bruleigh – Producer, Engineer
  • Matt Lane – Assistant Engineer
  • Will Smith – Assistant Engineer
  • Bernie Grundman – Mastering

Charts[edit]

Album

Chart Entry
date
Peak
position
Weeks charted
The Billboard 200[3] February 4, 1989 93 13
ARIA Charts[4] March 13, 1989 66 8

Singles – Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1989 "Nightmares" Modern Rock Tracks 4[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Chris Woodstra. "Allmusic review". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  2. ^ David Browne. "Rolling Stone review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-02-12. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel; Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Albums, 1955-1996; p. 819. ISBN 0898201179
  4. ^ Kent, David (compiler); Australian Chart Book 1970-1992: 23 Years of Hit Singles and Albums from the Top 100 Charts; p. 330 ISBN 9780646119175
  5. ^ "Billboard singles listing". Rovi Corporation / Billboard. Retrieved 2010-12-18.