Hallowed Ground (Violent Femmes Album)

Hallowed Ground (Violent Femmes Album)

Hallowed Ground is the second album by the Violent Femmes, released in June 1984. Like the band's first album, the songs on Hallowed Ground were mostly written by singer/guitarist/lyricist Gordon Gano when he was in high school. "Country Death Song", for example, was based on a true story from an 1862 news article about a man who intentionally threw his daughter into a well and then hanged himself in his barn. It was written by Gano during his 10th grade study hall. The Christian-related lyrics on Hallowed Ground were thought by many to be sarcastic, but Gano is a devout Christian. The other two Femmes were atheists, and initially refused to perform those songs, but after their debut had been recorded, they relented and several of Gano's religion-themed songs were recorded for Hallowed Ground.

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Hallowed Ground (Violent Femmes Album) - Personnel
... Gordon Gano – vocals, acoustic guitar, fiddle Brian Ritchie – acoustic and electric bass guitar, celesta, marimba, jew's harp, vocals Victor DeLorenzo – drums, percussion vocals Mark Van Hecke - piano, organ Tony Trischka - banjo Christina Houghton - autoharp Peter Balestrieri - vocals Cynthia Gano Lewis - vocals Drake Scott - cornett, sackbut John Zorn - alto saxophone, game calls John Tanner - clarinet Producer - Mark Van Hecke Engineers - John Tanner, Warren Bruleigh Violent Femmes Gordon Gano Brian Ritchie Victor DeLorenzo Guy Hoffman Studio albums Violent Femmes Hallowed Ground The Blind Leading the Naked 3 Why Do Birds Sing? New Times Rock!!!!! Freak Magnet Compilations Debacle The First Decade Add It Up (1981–1993) Something's Wrong Permanent Record The Very Best of Violent Femmes Live albums Viva Wisconsin BBC Live Archive Series No. 1 Live in Iceland Archive Series No ...

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