Blister in the Sun

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"Blister in the Sun"
Single by Violent Femmes
from the album Violent Femmes
GenreFolk punk[1]
Songwriter(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 American rock band Violent Femmes, originally released on their 1983 self-titled debut album.

In 2005, it became the first English-language track to ever be allowed on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, the Republic of Ireland Irish-language radio station, after having been selected by listeners for the event.[2]

In February 2021, the song was covered by drag queen and singer Trixie Mattel.[3][4]

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The song was also featured prominently in the 1997 film Grosse Pointe Blank. John Cusack had initially requested an updated version of the song, which led to the band recording a new, slower arrangement that featured saxophones, strings and other instruments. This version of the song was dubbed "Blister 2000." However, Cusack eventually decided he wanted to include the original version of the song as well. Because the original master tapes of the band's debut album had long been disposed of, they decided to record a new version of the original 1983 arrangement.[5] Neither of these rerecorded versions appears in the actual film, although a new music video, directed by Evan Bernard, was created for the new recording of the 1983 arrangement. It features Gordon Gano as a deranged assassin trying to kill Socks the cat in puppet form, interspersed with clips from the film.

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. ^ "From Nirvana to Rush: 33 of the greatest trios in music". Far Out Magazine. January 2021. Retrieved March 7, 2021.
  2. ^ "Anocht FM Celebrates 5 Years on Air". Archived from the original on May 3, 2010. Retrieved February 20, 2012.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  3. ^ Mattel, Trixie (February 5, 2021). "Trixie Mattel - Blister In The Sun (Official Music Video)".
  4. ^ Moran, Justin (February 5, 2021). "Trixie Mattel Takes on Violent Femmes". Paper. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  5. ^ Olson, Catherine (1997). Billboard Magazine. Billboard. p. 14.

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