Violent Femmes Hallowed Ground on 180g LP
Violent Femmes formed in 1981 as an acoustic punk band playing on the streets of Milwaukee. Their main influences at that time were Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps, and The Velvet Underground. Their goal was to rock harder than any other acoustic act on the planet. Their eponymous first album became the first and only album in Billboard history to enter the charts as a platinum album, eight years after its release.
Hallowed Ground, the 1984 sophomore effort from the Violent Femmes marks a noticeable departure from their highly acclaimed self-titled 1982 debut. Hallowed Ground features more of the folk/punk hybrid that made the group so unique from the start but with even more maniacal energy than they had previously displayed.
Lead singer and songwriter Gordon Gano explores his love/hate relationship with religion with the same glee he did exploring the teenage/young adult drama of their debut. An undervalued classic reissued on 180g vinyl by 4 Men With Beards.
Violent Femmes Hallowed Ground Track Listing:
1. Country Death Song
2. I Hear The Rain
3. Never Tell
4. Jesus Walking On 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