Violent Femmes discography

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Violent Femmes discography
Studio albums 8
Live albums 4
Compilation albums 4
Video albums 3
Music videos 11
EPs 1
Singles 19
Miscellaneous 16

This is the discography of Violent Femmes, a Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based alternative rock group, which consists of eight studio albums, nineteen singles, four live albums and four compilation albums, in addition to a number of miscellaneous appearances on soundtracks and compilations featuring various artists. This list does not include solo material by any of the bands' members.

Violent Femmes was formed in 1980 by vocalist/guitarist Gordon Gano, bassist Brian Ritchie and drummer Victor DeLorenzo, finding immediate success with the release of their self-titled debut album in early 1983. Featuring "Blister in the Sun", "Kiss Off", "Add It Up" and "Gone Daddy Gone", Violent Femmes became the band's biggest-selling album and was eventually certified platinum by the RIAA.[1] Although the sales success of their debut was never matched, The Blind Leading the Naked (1986), 3 (1989), Why Do Birds Sing? (1991) and New Times (1994) all peaked at higher chart positions on the Billboard 200. Throughout their career, Violent Femmes' popularity remained consistent, especially in Australia where four of their albums made the Top 40 and the debut stayed on the charts for seven months. The songs "Nightmares" and "American Music" cracked the top five on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart.[2] The group would go on to become one of the most commercially successful alternative rock acts of the 1980s and 1990s, selling over 9 million albums by 2005.[3] In 2009, Gano released a statement announcing the bands' break-up.[4]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Chart peaks Certifications
(sales thresholds)
1983 Violent Femmes 171 31 US: Platinum
AUS: 2× Platinum[10]
1984 Hallowed Ground
  • Released: June 1984
  • Label: Slash Records (25094)
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP
1986 The Blind Leading the Naked 84 81 31
1989 3
  • Released: February 1989
  • Labels: Warner Bros. Records, Slash Records (25819)
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP
93 64
1991 Why Do Birds Sing?
  • Released: April 30, 1991
  • Labels: Slash Records, Reprise Records (26476)
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP
141 26
1994 New Times
  • Released: May 17, 1994
  • Label: Elektra Records (61553)
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP
90 60
1995 Rock!!!!!
  • Released: 1995 (Australia), 2000 (US)
  • Label: Mushroom Records (93424)
  • Format: CD
2000 Freak Magnet
2016 We Can Do Anything[11]
  • Released: March 4, 2016
  • Label: PIAS America (PIASR420CDX [CD]; PIASR420LP [LP])
  • Format: CD, LP, Download
184 59
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details
1999 Viva Wisconsin
  • Released: November 23, 1999
  • Labels: Beyond Music, BMG Entertainment (78024)
  • Format: CD
2005 BBC Live
  • Released: August 2, 2005
  • Label: Hux Records (065)
  • Format: CD
2006 Archive Series No. 1: Live in Iceland
  • Released: July 27, 2006
  • Label: Add It Up Productions (01)
  • Format: CD
Archive Series No. 2: Live in Chicago Q101
  • Released: September 2006
  • Label: Add It Up Productions (02)
  • Format: CD

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details Chart peaks Certifications
(sales thresholds)
1990 Debacle: The First Decade
  • Released: 1990
  • Label: Liberation Records (30477)
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP
1993 Add It Up (1981–1993)
  • Released: September 14, 1993
  • Labels: Slash Records, Reprise Records (45403)
  • Formats: CD, CS, 2xLP
146 45 US: Gold
AUS: Gold[12]
2001 Something's Wrong
2005 Permanent Record: The Very Best of Violent Femmes
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.


Year EP details
2015 Happy New Year[13]
  • Released April 18, 2015
  • Label: Add It Up Productions (VF001)
  • Format: 180-gram clear vinyl EP


Retail singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
1983 "Gone Daddy Gone" Violent Femmes
"Ugly" Non-album single
1984 "It's Gonna Rain" Hallowed Ground
1986 "Children of the Revolution" 54 The Blind Leading the Naked
"I Held Her in My Arms"
1989 "Nightmares" 4 3
1991 "American Music" 2 Why Do Birds Sing?
"Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"
"Used to Be" 90
1993 "I Held Her in My Arms" (alt. version) Add It Up (1981–1993)
1994 "Machine" New Times
"Breakin' Up" 12
1995 "Tonight" 62 Rock!!!!!
2000 "All I Want" Freak Magnet
2008 "Crazy" Non-album single
2016 "Memory"/"You Move Me" (Record Store Day 2016 release) We Can Do Anything
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Promotional singles[edit]

Year Single Album
1994 "Don't Start Me on the Liquor" New Times
1995 "She Went to Germany" Rock!!!!!
1997 "Blister in the Sun" Grosse Pointe Blank OST

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director(s)
1983 "Gone Daddy Gone" Douglas Martin
Steven Martin
1986 "Children of the Revolution" Mick Haggerty
1989 "Nightmares" Martin Atkins
1991 "American Music" Adam Bernstein
"Used to Be" Phil Waters
1993 "I Held Her in My Arms" Mick Haggerty
1994 "Breakin' Up"
"Machine" Sean Casey
1995 "Tonight"
1997 "Blister in the Sun" Evan Bernard
2000 "All I Want" Dominic Engel
2015 "Love Love Love Love Love" Jake Brebes
"Good For/At Nothing" Harley Hefford
2016 "Memory"

Video albums[edit]

Year Title
2005 Permanent Record: Live & Otherwise
  • Released: July 12, 2005
  • Label: Rhino Entertainment (970428)
  • Format: DVD
2006 No, Let's Start Over
2007 Live at the Hacienda
  • Released: December 11, 2007
  • Label: Cherry Red (CRDVD163)
  • Format: DVD

Soundtracks and compilations[edit]

Year Title Track(s) Note(s)
1987 I Was a Teenage Zombie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Good Feeling"
1991 Triple J's Live At The Wireless 2 "Kiss Off" (live)
never mind the mainstream...The Best of MTV's 120 Minutes: Vol. 2 "Gone Daddy Gone"
1994 The Crow: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Color Me Once"
Woodstock 94 "Dance, Motherfucker, Dance!/Kiss Off" (live)
1995 Step Right Up: The Songs of Tom Waits "Step Right Up"
Saturday Morning: Cartoons' Greatest Hits "Eep Opp Ork Ah-ah (Means I Love You)" From The Jetsons.
1997 Grosse Pointe Blank Soundtrack "Blister in the Sun" Although it appears on the soundtrack, "Blister 2000" does not appear in the actual film.
"Blister 2000"
1998 MTV's 120 Minutes Live "Kiss Off" (live)
1999 End Sessions: The End 107.7 "Fat" (live)
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut: Music From and Inspired by the Motion Picture "I Swear It (I Can Change)" The Femmes' rendition of "I Can Change" does not appear in the actual film.
Mystery Men: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "No More Heroes"
The Best of KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas: Volume One "Blister in the Sun" (live) From Acoustic Christmas 1993.
2000 Y100 Sonic Sessions: Volume Four "Add It Up"
2002 Discrespective: Big Day Out "Girl Trouble" (live)
2006 Rocket Science: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Blister in the Sun" Instrumental covers of "Blister in the Sun" and "Add It Up" by Sam Matthews and Houfei Tang also appear in the film.
"Kiss Off"
2007 Triple J's Live at the Wireless: From the Vaults "Blister in the Sun" (live)


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  9. ^ "The Billboard Book of Gold & Platinum Records," 1989
  10. ^ a b Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
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  13. ^ "Violent Femmes Releasing EP for Record Store Day". ARTISTdirect. Retrieved March 7, 2015.