Why Do Birds Sing? (CD)


Violent Femmes

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Amoeba Review

Joanna Ricco 05/26/2010

The Violent Femmes preserve their niche for raw stripped-down college rock on 1991’s Why Do Birds Sing?—that is, everything is under-polished, bratty and dutifully rambunctious. Released nearly a decade after the quirky three-piece Milwaukee band first formed, there are a few signs of change though. For one thing, the Femmes were far more successful in 1991, though they never were a huge commercial success. “More Money Tonight” isn’t the kind of song that would have ended up on their 1983 eponymous debut, which featured those angsty classics “Blister in the Sun” and “Add It Up.” Nevertheless, singer Gordon Gano is one of a kind. The band’s cover of Culture Club’s “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” is so sweet in its ugliness that it becomes something altogether their own.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
American Music
Violent Femmes 03:50
2.
Out the Window
Violent Femmes 02:51
3.
Look Like That
Violent Femmes 02:45
4.
Do You Really Want to Hurt Me
Violent Femmes 04:49
5.
Hey Nonny Nonny
Violent Femmes 04:34
6.
Used to Be
Violent Femmes 03:37
7.
Girl Trouble
Violent Femmes 02:58
8.
He Likes Me
Violent Femmes 03:07
9.
Life Is a Scream
Violent Femmes 01:53
10.
Flamingo Baby
Violent Femmes 02:37
11.
Lack of Knowledge
Violent Femmes 01:54
12.
More Money Tonight
Violent Femmes 03:59
13.
I'm Free
Violent Femmes 03:25

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