Mixing punk and folk: I listened to Violent Femmes today

I was enjoying Violent Femmes’ 1983 eponymous debut album today, and when I decided to post about it, I wondered how I would describe this music. I thought that the guitar riffs, the attitude, and the lyrics felt like punk music, but with acoustic instruments. A mix of punk and folk! Then while surfing on the Internet, I realized that there apparently was such a thing as the “folk punk” genre… forgive my ignorance! I don’t know Violent Femmes’ subsequent albums were as punk as this one though. One thing’s for sure, once again, the Violent Femmes song that got most radio airplay of them all (American Music) is one of the less interesting ones. Of course their lyrics might be a bit too much for conventional radio…

In any case, this album constitutes another proof of the quality of some of the music produced in the 80’s. This record expresses the raw energy and feelings of youth, but with enough intelligence that it remains enjoyable years later. Although, forgive me for saying this, but the angry sexual frustration expressed here sounds a bit creepy for a woman. LOL. No hard feelings Violent Femmes, I’ll even post the all time favorite “Add it up” anyway so there you go! But we’ll begin with “Kiss off”, one of my favorite angry frustrated songs.

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