They were discovered by James Honeyman-Scott (of The Pretenders) on August 23, 1981, when the band was busking on a street corner in front of the Oriental Theatre, the Milwaukee venue that The Pretenders would be playing later that night.Chrissie Hynde invited them to play a brief acoustic set after the opening act.Violent Femmes is an American folk punk band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, initially active from 1980 to 2009. The band consists of singer, guitarist and songwriter Gordon Gano, bassist Brian Ritchie and current drummer John Sparrow.Violent Femmes has released nine studio albums and fifteen singles during the course of their career.
2005 saw the release of two collections of past work—a CD 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.
The song is from 1977, but the lightly forlorn melody and ringing guitars are Sixties Top 40 heaven.
Singer Al Anderson sings about a summer fling that ended so bad he thinks about his ex-girlfriend every time he gets in his car.
(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.