Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes (40th Anniversary Picture LP Review)


There is no doubt that the 1980s was a magical era for music. There was a time when you could sit side by side on the Billboard charts of Marvin Gaye and Quiet Riot but no one blinked. It was a time when Pop, Rock, Metal, and Punk all seemed to have a place… and it still felt intimate.

An unforgettable era, speaking of punk music, we all know that it comes in different forms and thankfully the 80s gave a lot of room for this art to flourish. One of the coolest subgenres to emerge, creating a variety of styles, was Folk Punk. A style with a more acoustic-based instrumentation with a punk rock attitude, one of the most important pioneers of them all must be the Midwest American trio Violent Femmes. In fact, their self-titled debut in 1983 has not only been remembered, but has earned legendary status.

simply titled Fierce FemalesRecorded in ’82, the album was first released on cassette and vinyl on April 13, 83, and on CD in ’87 and somehow continues to gain momentum in the following years. The story of an album that had its first success but still garnered attention, many consider it one of the best albums recorded in the ’80s. An interesting phenomenon, the question most will probably ask… is it really that good? The answer is yes, this album consisting of ten very original songs somehow catches your attention; and this goes beyond the popularity of songs like “Gone Daddy Gone” or “Blister in the Sun”. The album has direct lyrics, clever melodies, and an overall vibe that makes you want to smile.

With all these aspects taken into account, believe it or not, but Fierce Females now forty years old! With a big anniversary to celebrate, Craft Recordings released a special picture disc LP on Saturday, April 22, outside of Record Store Day 2023. A day that celebrates music and the magic of physical format, this special edition Fierce Females comes in with only 6,000 copies printed worldwide. A very limited edition, completely sold out in any standard retail terms at this stage of the game. However, you can get it as a second-hand item; Maybe via eBay or your local record dealer… but you’re probably paying a heavy price.

However, this 40th anniversary edition Fierce Females A great collector’s item for any fan of this album or for those who are fascinated by 80’s culture. Housed in a cardboard sleeve, the center is completely open to reveal the large picture disc painting and is truly beautiful. After all, who wasn’t immediately attracted to the album cover featuring a curious little girl peeking out the window? In reality, photography is timeless and up there with some of the best album covers ever.

In conclusion, this 40th anniversary release from Craft Recordings Fierce Females Perfect, yet simple. The packaging is sturdy, the printing is excellent and the sound is just as great. So, if you have some extra cash, go out and get a copy somewhere before it gets even more valuable as time goes on. Highly recommended, Cryptic Rock is giving away its 40th anniversary Picture Disc release. Fierce Females 5 stars out of 5.

Violent Femmes – 40th anniversary of Violent Femmes Picture Disc / Craft Recordings (2023)

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