Why Do Birds Sing?
|Why Do Birds Sing?|
|Studio album by Violent Femmes|
|Released||April 30, 1991|
|Producer||Violent Femmes, Michael Beinhorn|
|Violent Femmes chronology|
Why Do Birds Sing? is Violent Femmes' fifth studio album, released on April 30, 1991. It was their last album with original drummer Victor DeLorenzo, who left two years later to devote his time to acting, and was produced by Michael Beinhorn, best-known then for his work with the Red Hot Chili Peppers on Mother's Milk and The Uplift Mofo Party Plan.
It featured the single "American Music," which received modest airplay on modern rock radio, and became a staple of the band's live shows.
All songs written by Gordon Gano, except where noted.
- "American Music" – 3:49
- "Out the Window" – 2:52
- "Look Like That" – 2:45
- "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" (George O'Dowd, Mikey Craig, Roy Hay, Jon Moss, Gano) – 4:50
- "Hey Nonny Nonny" (Shepard Tonie, Gano) – 4:34
- "Used to Be" – 3:38
- "Girl Trouble" – 2:57
- "He Likes Me" – 3:07
- "Life is a Scream" – 1:54
- "Flamingo Baby" – 2:37
- "Lack of Knowledge" – 1:54
- "More Money Tonight" – 3:58
- "I'm Free" – 3:25
- Gordon Gano - vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
- Brian Ritchie - acoustic bass guitar, electric bass guitar, electric guitar, bouzouki, banjo, ukulele, Jew's harp, didgeridoo, glockenspiel, vocals
- Victor DeLorenzo - drum set, brushed snare drum, tranceaphone, tambourine, shakers, sleigh bells, tympani, wood, cowbell, tabla, conga, fire extinguisher, vocals
- Michael Beinhorn - Hammond organ on "American Music", Mellotron on "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me" and "Used To Be", piano on "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me" and "I'm Free", harmonium on "Used To Be"
- Sid Page, Suzie Katayama, Ilene Novog, Larry Corbett - strings on "Used To Be"
- Tommy Mandel - keyboards on "American Music"
- Violent Femmes - Producer
- Eric "ET" Thorngren - Engineer, Mixing
- David Vartanian - Mixing
- Susan Rogers - Engineer
- Tom Fritze - Assistant Engineer
- Lori Fumar - Assistant Engineer
- Mike Kloster - Assistant Engineer
- Howie Weinberg - Mastering
- Mary Jones - Photography
|The Billboard 200||May 18, 1991||141||5|
|ARIA Charts||June 24, 1991||27||22|
Singles - Billboard (North America)
|1991||"American Music"||Modern Rock Tracks||2|