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Violent Femmes were an American alternative rock band that existed from 1980 to 2009, originally formed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Violent Femmes were an American alternative rock band that existed from 1980 to 2009, originally formed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The band performed as a trio, including singer, guitarist and songwriter Gordon Gano, bassist Brian Ritchie, and two drummers, Victor DeLorenzo (1980–1993/2002–2009) and Guy Hoffman (1993–2002).

They released their debut, “Violent Femmes,” in November 1982. The music was an innovative combination of American folk music and punk rock, which would much later come to be known as "folk punk." The group quickly gained a following that never veered into mainstream commercialism. A few songs that gained recognition include "Add It Up," "Blister in the Sun," "Gone Daddy Gone," "Kiss Off," and "Please Do Not Go". The debut album went platinum nearly a decade after its release.

After their debut album they released “Hallowed Ground,” which moved the group towards a country music sound and introduced spiritual themes. Their third album, 1986’s “The Blind Leading the Naked,” produced by fellow Milwaukee native Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads, was more mainstream and pop-oriented, resulting in a minor hit with "Children of the Revolution," originally by T.Rex.

The group briefly disbanded, with Gano releasing an album in 1987, the result of a gospel side project Mercy Seat. Ritchie also released several solo LPs. The group came back together in late 1988, releasing “3,” a return to the band's earlier, stripped-down sound.

“Why Do Birds Sing?” was released in 1991 after the band signed to Reprise and featured another minor hit, "American Museric," which became a concert staple.

In 1993, DeLorenzo departed the group to act and make solo records. Guy Hoffman, formerly of the Oil Tasters and BoDeans, was brought in to tour what was to become one of their biggest-selling records, the “Add It Up (1981–1993)” collection.

Over the next nine years, the Femmes, with Hoffman, recorded five full-length albums and a handful of one-offs for motion picture soundtracks, such as "I Swear It (I Can Change)" from the “South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut” soundtrack, and other compilation projects. The first full studio album with Hoffman on drums, “New Times” (Elektra Records), was released in 1994, and the band scored another minor hit with the song "Breaking Up." “Rock!!!!!” (Mushroom Records) was released in 1995 in Australia only, though it has since become available in the United States.

“Viva Wisconsin,” a live album, was released in the United States in 1999 on the independent label Beyond, and was followed by “Freak Magnet” in 2000. “Something's Wrong” (2001), an album of unreleased studio tracks, covers, demos, and acoustic live performances was released as an MP3-only album through eMusic.

In 2002, Rhino Records repackaged the Femmes' debut 1983 album along with demos and live tracks to coincide with a 20th anniversary reissue. DeLorenzo asked to rejoin for what was to be a farewell tour, thus reinstating the original lineup.

2005 saw the release of two collections of past work—an album called “Permanent Record: The Very Best of Violent Femmes” on Slash/Rhino and a DVD, “Permanent Record – Live & Otherwise” from Rhino, which showcases a concert performance from 1991, along with many of the group's videos.

After touring in promotion of 2000’s “Freak Magnet,” primary songwriter Gano decided that they would no longer make new music, but the band would continue to play shows when booked. On New Year's Eve of 2005, and for one show in January 2006, all four Violent Femmes members played together. On June 17, 2008 the band released a cover of "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley who had previously covered "Gone Daddy Gone."

In 2009, Gano proclaimed that band had broken up, while announcing a new partnership with former Bogmen members Bill and Brendan Ryan.

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Violent Femmes were an American alternative rock band that existed from 1980 to 2009, originally formed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Violent Femmes were an American alternative rock band that existed from 1980 to 2009, originally formed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The band performed as a trio, including singer, guitarist and songwriter Gordon Gano, bassist Brian Ritchie, and two drummers, Victor DeLorenzo (1980–1993/2002–2009) and Guy Hoffman (1993–2002).

They released their debut, “Violent Femmes,” in November 1982. The music was an innovative combination of American folk music and punk rock, which would much later come to be known as "folk punk." The group quickly gained a following that never veered into mainstream commercialism. A few songs that gained recognition include "Add It Up," "Blister in the Sun," "Gone Daddy Gone," "Kiss Off," and "Please Do Not Go". The debut album went platinum nearly a decade after its release.

After their debut album they released “Hallowed Ground,” which moved the group towards a country music sound and introduced spiritual themes. Their third album, 1986’s “The Blind Leading the Naked,” produced by fellow Milwaukee native Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads, was more mainstream and pop-oriented, resulting in a minor hit with "Children of the Revolution," originally by T.Rex.

The group briefly disbanded, with Gano releasing an album in 1987, the result of a gospel side project Mercy Seat. Ritchie also released several solo LPs. The group came back together in late 1988, releasing “3,” a return to the band's earlier, stripped-down sound.

“Why Do Birds Sing?” was released in 1991 after the band signed to Reprise and featured another minor hit, "American Museric," which became a concert staple.

In 1993, DeLorenzo departed the group to act and make solo records. Guy Hoffman, formerly of the Oil Tasters and BoDeans, was brought in to tour what was to become one of their biggest-selling records, the “Add It Up (1981–1993)” collection.

Over the next nine years, the Femmes, with Hoffman, recorded five full-length albums and a handful of one-offs for motion picture soundtracks, such as "I Swear It (I Can Change)" from the “South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut” soundtrack, and other compilation projects. The first full studio album with Hoffman on drums, “New Times” (Elektra Records), was released in 1994, and the band scored another minor hit with the song "Breaking Up." “Rock!!!!!” (Mushroom Records) was released in 1995 in Australia only, though it has since become available in the United States.

“Viva Wisconsin,” a live album, was released in the United States in 1999 on the independent label Beyond, and was followed by “Freak Magnet” in 2000. “Something's Wrong” (2001), an album of unreleased studio tracks, covers, demos, and acoustic live performances was released as an MP3-only album through eMusic.

In 2002, Rhino Records repackaged the Femmes' debut 1983 album along with demos and live tracks to coincide with a 20th anniversary reissue. DeLorenzo asked to rejoin for what was to be a farewell tour, thus reinstating the original lineup.

2005 saw the release of two collections of past work—an album called “Permanent Record: The Very Best of Violent Femmes” on Slash/Rhino and a DVD, “Permanent Record – Live & Otherwise” from Rhino, which showcases a concert performance from 1991, along with many of the group's videos.

After touring in promotion of 2000’s “Freak Magnet,” primary songwriter Gano decided that they would no longer make new music, but the band would continue to play shows when booked. On New Year's Eve of 2005, and for one show in January 2006, all four Violent Femmes members played together. On June 17, 2008 the band released a cover of "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley who had previously covered "Gone Daddy Gone."

In 2009, Gano proclaimed that band had broken up, while announcing a new partnership with former Bogmen members Bill and Brendan Ryan.

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  • How to book Violent Femmes?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Violent Femmes for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Violent Femmes, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Violent Femmes or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Violent Femmes?

    Booking fees for Violent Femmes, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Violent Femmes, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Violent Femmes?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Violent Femmes for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Violent Femmes for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Violent Femmes or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Violent Femmes or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Violent Femmes is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Violent Femmes for your event is $50,000 - $100,000. Violent Femmes generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Franz Ferdinand, Bacon Brothers, Neon Trees, Phoenix and Cold War Kids. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Violent Femmes for an upcoming event.

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