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Violent Femmes' Profane Gospel Rock Album Turns 30

In the "about" section of the Violent Femmes' official Facebook page, under the "description" header, it currently reads: "Violent Femmes are currently touring in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the release of their first album."

It's an album worth celebrating; recorded by a trio of Milwaukee folk punks -- singer/guitarist Gordon Gano, bassist Brian Ritchie, and drummer Victor Delorenzo -- there are few albums more loaded with definitive songs than the Femmes' 1983 self-titled debut, boasting alternative classics like "Gone Daddy Gone," "Add It Up," "Kiss Off," and "Blister in the Sun." But as good as Violent Femmes is, the album actually celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014, the Femmes' second LP Hallowed Ground, is even better.

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.