The Blind Leading the Naked

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The Blind Leading the Naked
Studio album by Violent Femmes
Released 1986
Recorded July - September 1985
Genre Rock, alternative rock
Length 37:36
Label Slash
Producer Jerry Harrison
Violent Femmes chronology
Hallowed Ground
(1984)
The Blind Leading the Naked
(1986)
3
(1989)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 starslink
Robert Christgau C+[1]

The Blind Leading the Naked is the third album by Violent Femmes. It was produced by Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads and released in 1986. The title is a play on the figure of speech, "the blind leading the blind."

The Blind Leading the Naked was their first album to reach the Billboard chart, peaking at #84, and their only one to chart in Britain.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Gordon Gano except as indicated.

  1. "Old Mother Reagan" – 0:31
  2. "No Killing" – 5:13
  3. "Faith" – 4:14
  4. "Breakin' Hearts" – 2:15
  5. "Special" – 2:18
  6. "Love & Me Make Three" (Brian Ritchie, Victor DeLorenzo) – 2:53
  7. "Candlelight Song" – 3:11
  8. "I Held Her in My Arms" – 2:52
  9. "Children of the Revolution" (Marc Bolan) – 4:19
  10. "Good Friend" – 3:28
  11. "Heartache" – 2:02
  12. "Cold Canyon" – 3:22
  13. "Two People" – 0:58
  14. "World Without Mercy" – (Victor DeLorenzo) (available on cassette and import CD only) - 4:06

Personnel[edit]

Violent Femmes[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Jerry Harrison - keyboards, guitar, melodica
  • Fred Frith - homemade instruments, guitar
  • Leo Kottke - acoustic 10-string guitar
  • Sigmund Snopek III - keyboards
  • Peter Balestrieri - alto saxophone
  • Steve Mackay - saxophone
  • Steve Scales - percussion
  • Abdulhamid Alwan - tabla, daf
  • Junior Brantley - keyboards
  • Jim Liban - harmonica
  • Bill Schaefgen - trombone
  • Drake Scott - vocalizing

Charts[edit]

Chart Entry
date
Peak
position
Weeks charted
The Billboard 200[2] February 15, 1986 84 24
UK Albums Chart[3] March 1, 1986 81 1
ARIA Charts[4] February 24, 1986 31 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christgau, Robert (1984). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (June 26) (New York). Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel; Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Albums, 1955-1996; p. 819. ISBN 0898201179
  3. ^ Official Charts
  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