The Blind Leading the Naked

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
The Blind Leading the Naked
The Blind Leading The Naked.jpg
Studio album by Violent Femmes
Released 1986
Recorded July – September 1985
Genre
Length 37:36
Label Slash
Producer Jerry Harrison
Violent Femmes chronology
Hallowed Ground
(1984)Hallowed Ground1984
The Blind Leading the Naked
(1986)
3
(1989)31989
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 the band's first album to reach the Billboard chart, peaking at #84, and its only one to chart in Britain.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Gordon Gano, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
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
Cassette and import CD bonus track
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "World Without Mercy" Victor DeLorenzo 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

See also[edit]

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