Mar. 2nd, 2013

joshthevegan: (Smalls)


At a time when bands were either embracing electronic sounds or trying to play as hard and fast as possible, Wisconsin's Violent Femmes strapped on acoustic guitars and, in the case of their drummer, a snare drum with brushes (and that's all) and cranked out some quirky, endearingly awkward songs influenced by folk and punk simultaneously, resulting in some of the best alternative music ever made.

The cover of their self-titled debut has gone on to be one of the most iconic covers not only in alternative rock history, but of any album released in the last 30 or so years. Personally I think it is the innocence implied by the young girl peering through the window that is tainted with just a little bit of dirt and grime and is slightly weathered by age that represents perfectly the musical and lyrical content of the album.

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