Blister in the Sun

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"Blister in the Sun"
Single by Violent Femmes
from the album Violent Femmes
Released 1983
Format "Blister in the Sun"
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 American alternative rock band Violent Femmes, originally released on their 1983 self-titled debut album.

The song is featured during the opening of Episode 17 of the TV series My So-Called Life.

The song also 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, 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.[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.

In 2015 the song featured in Netflix series Love.


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