New Times (album)

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New Times
Studio album by Violent Femmes
Released May 17, 1994 (1994-05-17)
Recorded DV's Perversion Room, Milwaukee, WI
Genre Rock
Length 50:20
Label Elektra
Producer Brian Ritchie and Gordon Gano
Violent Femmes chronology
Add It Up (1981-1993)
(1993)
New Times
(1994)
Rock!!!!!
(1995)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

New Times is the album released by Violent Femmes in 1994. It was the Femmes' sixth studio album, and the first one not to feature original drummer Victor DeLorenzo on drums, who had been replaced by Guy Hoffman. "Breakin' Up," a song lead singer Gordon Gano had written years before, was the lead single. Its video received minor airplay on MTV and appears on the band's DVD, Permanent Record - Live & Otherwise. The album did not sell well, but featured many of the Femmes' most musically complex and lyrically inventive songs, including "4 Seasons," and concert staple "I'm Nothing." "I'm Nothing" appeared in the movie Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Gordon Gano except where noted.

  1. "Don't Start Me on the Liquor" – 4:08
  2. "New Times" – 4:07 (Walter Mehring, tr. Henry Marx / Gano)
  3. "Breakin' Up" – 4:00
  4. "Key of 2" – 3:31
  5. "4 Seasons" – 3:06
  6. "Machine" – 4:39 (Gano / Ritchie)
  7. "I'm Nothing" – 2:35
  8. "When Everybody's Happy" – 3:35 (Gano / Ritchie)
  9. "Agamemnon" – 2:56 (Walter Mehring, tr. Henry Marx / Gano)
  10. "This Island Life" – 5:31
  11. "I Saw You in the Crowd" – 4:07
  12. "Mirror Mirror (I See a Damsel)" – 4:30
  13. "Jesus of Rio" – 3:35

Personnel[edit]

  • Gordon Gano: vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, violin, organ, baglama
  • Brian Ritchie: electric bass guitar, acoustic bass guitar, upright bass, electric guitar, acoustic piano, electric piano, organ, reed organ, electric sitar, nose flute, theremin, keyboards, electronics, baglama, vocals
  • Guy Hoffman: drums, snare drum, percussion, tranceaphone, puili sticks, vocals
  • Luisa Mann: vocals

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1994 The Billboard 200 90

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1994 "Breakin' Up" Modern Rock Tracks 12

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