Blister in the Sun

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"Blister in the Sun"
Single by Violent Femmes
from the album Violent Femmes
Released 1983
Genre Alternative rock
Length 2:27
Label Slash
Writer(s) Gordon Gano
Producer(s) Mark Van Hecke
Violent Femmes singles chronology
"Blister in the Sun"
"Gone Daddy Gone"

"Blister in the Sun" is a song by the American alternative rock band Violent Femmes, originally released on their 1983 self-titled debut album.

The song features in the film Grosse Pointe Blank. Since the original master tapes were not available for use in the film the band recorded a new version of the song, entitled "Blister 2000". A new music video was created for the original version of the song, coinciding with the release of the film. It features Gordon Gano as a deranged assassin trying to kill Socks the cat in puppet form, as well as clips from the film.

In 2005, chosen by listeners, it became the first English language track to ever be allowed on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, the Republic of Ireland Irish language radio station.[1]

In August 2007, Gordon Gano was the subject of a lawsuit brought by bassist Brian Ritchie. The lawsuit stems partly from Gano's authorization of the use of "Blister" in a Wendy's commercial. In 2008, the song was featured on a Foster's Lager "Stealing Shadows" advertisement.


  1. ^ "Anocht FM Celebrates 5 Years on Air". Retrieved 20 February 2012.