Wednesday, September 9, 2009

FSOTD #17/Blister In The Sun (1983)

Woke up, fell outta bed, and the first song of the day was...another duplicate. Yesterday's featured song "More Than Words" was stuck upstairs (as it might be for a few more days - there's something about it).

Using the new "duplicate" proviso, I chose "Blister In The Sun" from the Violent Femmes. Why? I had heard it a few times in the last couple of months and was curious who it was. And voila! There it was today, on the radio while driving to lunch. I knew it was kind of an old song but was shocked to learn it was from 1983. But then again, to my ear, it evokes Jonathan Richman, and that would take it back 25-30 years in a snap.

Discovered by the Pretenders, The Violent Femmes were a 3-man Wisconsin band whose principal fame was in the college radio sphere. Their greatest success commercially was "Blister In The Sun," and it was their only song to crack the mainstream rock charts (peaking at #25). I was distressed - in a small way - to learn that lead vocalist Gordon Gano announced the band's break-up earlier this year. Femmes no more.

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