From Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, this cult indie band was formed in 1981 by Gordon Gano (7 June 1963, USA; vocals/guitar), Brian Ritchie (b. 21 November 1960, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; bass/vocals) and Victor DeLorenzo (b. 25 October 1954, Racine, Wisconsin, USA; drums). DeLorenzo and Ritchie first played together in the Ruthless Acoustics and went through a number of different band names before hitting on Violent Femmes. They were joined in this new band by singer-songwriter Gano, who had legendarily teamed up with Ritchie for a notorious acoustic set at the Rufus King High School. The trio opened for the Pretenders before landing a recording contract with Slash Records, releasing their self-titled debut album in 1983. Its rough, acoustic style failed to hide Violent Femmes intriguing variety of songs and lyrics, and although they later mellowed, this formed the basis of what was to follow. Violent Femmes included a number of songs which would be rapidly...
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