Why Do Birds Sing?

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Why Do Birds Sing?
Studio album by Violent Femmes
Released April 30, 1991 (1991-04-30)
Recorded 1990
Genre Alternative rock
Length 42:20
Label Reprise
Producer Violent Femmes, Michael Beinhorn
Violent Femmes chronology
Debacle: The First Decade
(1990)
Why Do Birds Sing?
(1991)
Add It Up (1981-1993)
(1993)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[2]

Why Do Birds Sing? is Violent Femmes' fifth studio album, released on April 30, 1991. It was their last album with original drummer Victor DeLorenzo, who left two years later to devote his time to acting, and was produced by Michael Beinhorn, best-known then for his work with the Red Hot Chili Peppers on Mother's Milk and The Uplift Mofo Party Plan.

It featured the single "American Music," which received modest airplay on modern rock radio, and became a staple of the band's live shows.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Gordon Gano, except where noted.

  1. "American Music" – 3:49
  2. "Out the Window" – 2:52
  3. "Look Like That" – 2:45
  4. "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" (O'Dowd / Craig / Hay / Moss / Gano) – 4:50
  5. "Hey Nonny Nonny" (Shepard Tonie / Gano) – 4:34
  6. "Used to Be" – 3:38
  7. "Girl Trouble" – 2:57
  8. "He Likes Me" – 3:07
  9. "Life is a Scream" – 1:54
  10. "Flamingo Baby" – 2:37
  11. "Lack of Knowledge" – 1:54
  12. "More Money Tonight" – 3:58
  13. "I'm Free" – 3:25

Personnel[edit]

Violent Femmes[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Violent Femmes - Producer
  • Eric "ET" Thorngren - Engineer, Mixing
  • David Vartanian - Mixing
  • Susan Rogers - Engineer
  • Tom Fritze - Assistant Engineer
  • Lori Fumar - Assistant Engineer
  • Mike Kloster - Assistant Engineer
  • Howie Weinberg - Mastering
  • Mary Jones - Photography

Charts[edit]

Album

Chart Entry
date
Peak
position
Weeks charted
The Billboard 200[3] May 18, 1991 141 5
ARIA Charts[4] June 24, 1991 27 22

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1991 "American Music" Modern Rock Tracks 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Why Do Birds Sing? at AllMusic
  2. ^ Rolling Stone
  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