用Acoustic(原音)乐器来玩朋克？也只有Violent Femmes能用柔和的演奏来传递凝重的声音。Violent Femmes的音乐中穿插着金属、蓝草音乐、民谣、流行曲和第三世界的影响。Violent Femmes是独树一帜的，Brian Ritchie的马丁牌木贝司具有破坏性， Gorden Gano的歌词与焦虑不安的演唱对人的心 灵产生的震撼比青春期对年轻人产生的冲击还要大。关于人际关系的破裂，对权威的鞭笞，与父母争执的故事——你不可能将一张专辑设计得如此完美。
The Violent Femmes were founded by Brian Ritchie (bassist), and Victor DeLorenzo (percussionist) as a rhythm section, and became a full-fledged band upon the arrival of Gordon Gano (singer/guitarist). In its early days, the band frequently played coffee houses and street corners. They were discovered (and subsequently forgotten) by James Honeyman-Scott (of The Pretenders) August 23, 1981 when the band was busking on a street corner in front of the Oriental Theatre, the Milwaukee venue that The Pretenders would be playing later that night. Chrissie Hynde invited them to play a brief acoustic set after the opening act. The band signed to Slash Records and released a self-titled album that they had recorded in July 1982. The music was an innovative combination of American folk music and Punk rock, and commonly referred to as "folk-punk". The lyrics were the common adolescent themes of yearning for love, sex and affection. The group quickly gained a small cult following that never burgeoned into widespread popularity, although a few songs from this album did get some recognition ("Add It Up", "Blister in the Sun", "Gone Daddy Gone", "Kiss Off", and "Please Do Not Go"). The debut album went platinum 10 years after its release, the only album ever to achieve platinum status without ever charting in the Billboard Top 200.
The following year, the Violent Femmes released Hallowed Ground, which moved the group to a more country music sound and introduced spiritual themes. Their third album, The Blind Leading the Naked, produced by fellow Milwaukee native Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads, was more mainstream and pop-oriented, resulting in a minor hit with "Children of the Revolution" (originally by T. Rex). The group then disbanded, with Gano releasing an album in 1987, the result of a gospel side project Mercy Seat. Ritchie also released several solo LPs. The group came back together in late 1988, releasing 3 and then Why Do Birds Sing? (1991), after signing to Reprise.
In 1993, DeLorenzo departed the group to act and make solo records. Guy Hoffman (formerly of the Oil Tasters and BoDeans) was brought in to tour what was to become one of their biggest selling records, the Add It Up (1981-1993) collection (1993). Over the next nine years, the Femmes, with Hoffman, recorded five full-length CDs and a handful of one-offs for motion picture soundtracks (such as "I Swear It" from the South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut soundtrack) and other compilation projects. New Times (Elektra Records) was released in 1994, and Rock!!!!! (Mushroom Records) was released in 1995 in Australia only.
Viva Wisconsin, a live album, was released in the United States in 1999 on the independent label Beyond, and was followed by Freak Magnet in 2000. Something's Wrong (2001), an album of unreleased studio tracks, covers, demos, and acoustic live performances was released as an MP3-only album through emusic.com. The following year in the winter of 2002, Ritchie and DeLorenzo were requested by Rhino Records to repackage their debut 1983 album along with demos and live tracks to coincide with a 20th anniversary reissue. DeLorenzo asked to rejoin for what was to be a farewell tour, thus reinstating the old lineup.
2005 saw the release of two collections of past work. A CD called Permanent Record: The Very Best of Violent Femmes (Slash/Rhino) and a DVD, Permanent Record - Live & Otherwise (Rhino), which showcases a concert performance from 1991, and also many of the group's videos. The CD is the first record that recognizes all four musicians and their contributions on the same disc.
After touring in promotion of Freak Magnet and finding only limited success, the band decided that they would no longer make new music, but would continue to play shows when booked. Their tour schedule has become increasingly busy. On New Year's Eve of 2005, and for one show in January of 2006, all four Violent Femmes members played together in the same shows.
In 2007, the band surprised many long-time fans by selling their classic, "Blister in the Sun" to Wendy's Hamburgers for use in their advertising.
1. Country Death Song
2. I Hear The Rain
3. Never Tell
4. Jesus Walking On The Water
5. I Know It's True But I'm Sorry To Say
6. Hallowed Ground
7. Sweet Misery Blues
8. Black Girls
9. It's Gonna Rain