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Freak Magnet [Bonus Tracks] [Remaster]

Album: Freak Magnet [Bonus Tracks] [Remaster]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Hollywood Is High
2)    Freak Magnet
3)    Sleepwalkin'
4)    All I Want
5)    New Generation
6)    In the Dark
7)    Rejoice and Be Happy
8)    Mosh Pit
9)    Forbidden
10)    When You Died
11)    At Your Feet
12)    I Danced
13)    I'm Bad
14)    Happiness Is
15)    Story, A - (featuring Pierre Henry)
16)    Rejoice and Be Happy - (live, bonus track)
17)    Freak Magnet - (live, bonus track)
18)    Positively 4th Street - (live, bonus track)
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Performer Notes
  • The Violent Femmes: Brian Ritchie (vocals, guitar, shakuhachi, keyboards, bass, percussion); Gordon Gano (vocals, guitar); Guy Hoffman (vocals, drums, percussion).
  • Additional personnel: Pierre Henry.
  • Producers: Violent Femmes, Warren Bruleigh, Pierre Henry, Tom Grimley.
  • Engineers include: Martin Brass, Bil Emmons, Warren Bruleigh.
  • Violent Femmes: Brian Ritchie (bass instrument); Guy Hoffman (percussion); Gordon Gano.
  • Personnel: Brian Ritchie (vocals, guitar, shakuhachi, keyboards, percussion); Gordon Gano (vocals, guitar); Guy Hoffman (vocals, drums).
  • Audio Mixers: Warren A. Bruleigh; David Vartanian; Martin Brass.
  • Audio Remasterer: Keith Blake.
  • Liner Note Author: Gordon Gano.
  • Recording information: Big House; Nine Lives; Odin; Re, DV's Pervision Room; Son; SoundTrack.
  • Despite approaching middle age, the Violent Femmes--and in particular, frontman Gordon Gano--remain rock's premier poets of pissed-off, resentful adolescence, which is both their strength--consistency--and their weakness--the pose now seems more like, well, a pose rather than a heartfelt expression. Fortunately, Gano is by now such a pro songwriter that he can fake pretentious teen angst quite convincingly, and his uniquely choked vocal style--he sounds alternately like Buddy Holly, Tom Verlaine, Lou Reed, and David Byrne--hasn't aged a bit. The band's sound remains, as before, a mix of acoustic punk and rockabilly, and it's heard to particularly good advantage here on the very funny title song, "Hollywood Is High," and the anthemic "Mosh Pit." In a nice historic touch, the Femmes also pay homage to their Minnesota ancestors the Trashmen on the "Surfin' Bird"-derived "New Generation" (co-credited, if you can believe it, to avant-garde jazzman Albert Ayler), an obscure oldie whose comic dementia is obviously of a piece with the Femmes' general esthetic.
Professional Reviews
Q (3/00, p.111) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...retains all the energy and lyrical brilliance of their earlier work, only with a jagged more guitar-led sound. The songs here are witty...and even creepy....A band on form in a state of rich, droll unpleasant maturity."

Alternative Press (5/00, p.112) - 3 out of 5 - "...Remarkably calm, rife with the same breezy, notably non-violent wise-ass humor. Gordon Gano fulfills his duties as jaded, malaise-ridden singer man...while his acoustic strums mesh easily with the skilled bob and bounce of the rhythm section..."

CMJ (2/7/00, p.23) - "...[their] most consistent set of new material since 1989's 3....a big blister of folkcore brilliance that even the sun couldn't eclipse."

Mojo (Publisher) (3/00, p.110) - "...Aside from a few cool countrified numbers this kicks along with the scratchy, punkish intent of old, Gordon Gano's vocal a blend of Jonathan Richman and a stifled sheep....a little complexity seems to be gurgling back."
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