In honor of Aquarium Drunkard’s recent post on The Violent Femmes album Hallowed Ground here is my YouTube Saturday feature on the boys. The only points I’d like to make might seem obvious but I’ll say them anyway.
The knocks against the band’s (primarily Gordon Gano’s) religious or spiritual material were just plain wrong. The bulk of serious music over the last several millennium has been religious music. There’s no greater or deeper topic to write about. And the songs Gano penned are a lasting testament to both his faith and his questions about his faith.
For a time this was the most accomplished group of musicians playing rock music in America. Brian Ritchie is a monster on the bass and just about any other instrument he picks up. Victor played a mean stripped down drum kit and for god’s sake John Zorn was often in the horn section!
Finally like AD said Hallowed Ground was an overlooked masterpiece but I’d also argue that 3 and Why Do Birds Sing? have been under appreciated, 3 in particular.
Country Death Song
I Hear The Rain
Jesus Walking On Water
Gone Daddy Gone
Used To Be
Behind the scenes video