Violent Femmes – “Blister in the Sun” – (1982)

This song is wonderfully bare. They could’ve packed it with another five instruments to make it seem a little fuller but that would have been foolish. Some of the lyrics in this song are whispered and then the next lines are yelled. That, with the sophomoric sounding music makes this song seem like it was done by a bunch of amateurs. But amateurs don’t have big mainstream success (okay, well some do). I don’t really know much about the Violent Femmes except that I know some people who drove two hours to see a free concert by the band and I thought they were crazy.