Plus1 proudly presents Milwaukee’s finest, Violent Femmes live in Auckland and Wellington in March performing so many of those songs we hold dear to their hearts. Grab your pals and get ready for classics like Blister In The Sun, Gone Daddy Gone, Kiss Off, Add it Up, American Music, Please Do Not Go & gems off new album Hotel Last Resort.
Violent Femmes We Can Do Anything Pias America At some point the Violent Femmes’ worldview – the geeky, sexual introverted, jealous cretin – became comical. Like Weezer after them, it just seems absurd to listen to The World’s Oldest Teenagers. But the Femmes – a hit still when they tour – have managed, somehow, to […]
It was packed, with students, music fans and hoons and there was a great atmosphere. The Spines were Ross, Wendy, Neill and me that night and we were up for it. We were like a huge rhythm engine in those days playing in odd funky time signatures with intense and sometimes insane vocals. We had […]
Eugene Chadbourne, Corpses of Foreign Wars (1986) This was a good one – a guy contacts me, says he has an album he wants me to review. Nothing unusual at this point, happens all the time. People push their demos my way, or their old, old and out of date albums or their brand new […]
The early eighties in Wellington was the best place and the soundtrack for me was what I suppose you would call post punk. It was a new type of music and I loved it – Echo and XTC, Furs and the Cure, Magazine and Joy Division, Dexy’s and Only Ones, Stranglers and Members, Japan and […]
Violent Femmes, 3 (1989) I hardly ever listen to the Violent Femmes these days. Don’t need to. It’s all locked up in my head – I thrashed all of the albums in the early 90s, had the full set, on tape first, then CD. Saw the band live a couple of times, fun, always fun, […]
Weezer Everything Will Be Alright In The End Universal Republic What’s important here is not that this is the best Weezer album in a decade or more. What’s important is that that is no real compliment, let alone any sort of achievement. Weezer’s back catalogue is an embarrassment. A couple of still-listenable albums – in […]
Violent Femmes, The Blind Leading The Naked (1986) When I first fell for the Violent Femmes I fell hard. I was at that impressionable age – it was an impressionable stage. We were on a bus heading back from Wellington to Hawke’s Bay, we’d been on a school sports trip to Australia. I had my […]