June 21, 2009 – 4:20 am

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Melbourne 1990 [no label, 1CD]

Live at The Palace, Melbourne, Australia, November 8, 1990. Very good FM broadcast.

Championed by Britain’s New Musical Express during the cowpunk days, the Violent Femmes’ Gordon Gano is blessed with a distinctive voice and writes Christian songs with a strange and perculiar slant. While Jesus Walking On The Water might fit your Sunday school, Country Death Song and Hallowed Ground would probably leave your Sunday congregation shaking their heads.

The Femmes, who hailed from Milwaukee, had three solid albums at the start of their career - the self-titled Violent Femmes (1982); Hallowed Ground (1984) and The Blind Leading The Naked (1986). While tracks from the first two albums continue to form the bedrock of the Violent Femmes canon, The Blind Leading The Naked had the then-timely Old Mother Reagan and the hit song, a cover of Marc Bolan’s Children Of The Revolution.

Yet, the Femmes were always under the radar, despite strong albums and guest musicians such as Jerry (Talking Heads) Harrison, guitarists Fred Frith and Leo Kottke and avant-garde saxophonist John Zorn. While Children Of The Revolution is missing from the Melbourne setlist, but when they get into a groove, as on No Killing, they do have a strong propulsive power.

The Femmes’ debut album was voted at No. 59 in BigO’s Top 100 Albums (1975-1995): “As nasal as rock vocals can get, Gano whines and laments on 10 tracks that drip with adolescent neurosis and hormonal surges. Where punk greats Iggy Pop and Jonathan Richman first assauge us with their point-blank treatise on teen hang-ups, Gano continues hallowed tradition in a voice that lays bare the hurt and the desire.”

Thanks to the uploader who shared this on the Dime site and for the artwork.

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Fat (2.9MB)
Track 02. Promise (4.2MB)
Track 03. I Hear The Rain (2.1MB)
Track 04. Country Death Song (6.6MB)
Track 05. Jesus Walking On The Water (4.8MB)
Track 06. Mother Of A Girl (3.4MB)
Track 07. Good Feeling (6.2MB)
Track 08. No Killing (6.4MB)
Track 09. Gimme The Car (8.5MB)
Track 10. Hallowed Ground (5.7MB)
Track 11. Confessions (11.3MB)
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Track 12. Add It Up (9.6MB)
Track 13. Blister In The Sun (5.3MB)
Track 14. Kiss Off (6.8MB)

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  1. 6 Responses to “VIOLENT FEMMES - MELBOURNE 1990”

  2. Very, very cool. Thank you for sharing.

    By Dave Ballard on Jun 22, 2009

  3. Thanks again for everything!… How funny that you posted this show now. I live in Milwaukee, and the Femmes were a part of my life’s high school soundtrack. Looking forward to hearing this one. These guys were always fun!

    By Shaun on Jun 23, 2009

  4. Great stuff. Live in a very out of the way place, but was fortunate enough to see these guys live a couple times in high school. Their live shows are always totally rocking.

    By Aaron on Jun 25, 2009

  5. Great show…fantastic audience…The Femmes seems to be adding even more to their already high energy set thanks to the audience…

    By Alex Corvini on Jul 9, 2009

  6. Completely awesome. Thank you.

    By Paul on Oct 3, 2013

  7. Tracks 8 and 13 are missing…
    You can update?

    By Marco on Feb 28, 2016

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