The Violent Femmes Hallowed Ground is for me a gospel record disguised as indie rock teen angst. It upset and tantalized critics and fans alike with it’s mix of secular topics interspersed with religous imagery. Songs like “It’s Gonna Rain” and “Black Girls” could be viewed as uptempo rockers or as preachin’ gospel tunes. Gordan Gano was the son of a Baptist preacher and while he no doubt rebelled against his father, he was also apparently born again and the resulting record was Hallowed Ground.
Every song on this record is a keeper but I’ve chosen four to continue the Gospel music theme. To download right click and change the file name to whatever you want and add .mp3 (any problems please leave a comment)
Jesus Walking On The Water
It’s Gonna Rain
As a bonus here are two songs from the Femmes’ fourth record ironically called 3 (we always thought that they called it 3 because their actual third record was so bad)