Violent Femmes are celebrating their 40th anniversary as a band, with a little help from Craft Recordings, releasing a long out-of-print vinyl reissue of Add It Up (1981–1993), out May 21.

Add It Up is available for pre-order now, and also marks the return of the collection to digital and streaming platforms.

The 23-track compilation features Violent Femmes’ biggest hits, including “Blister in the Sun,” “American Music,” and “Gone Daddy Gone,” plus live recordings of favorites like “Add It Up,” and “Kiss Off,” alongside a trove of demos, B-sides, interstitial voice recordings, and rarities. 

Housed in a gatefold jacket, the 2-LP set was pressed at Memphis Records Pressing, with lacquers cut by George Horn at Fantasy Studios. In addition to the standard black 2-LP, a special “Blister Red Marble” edition will be available exclusively via the Violent Femmes and Craft Recordings webstores (limited 500 worldwide). Meanwhile, Indie Retailers will offer an exclusive “Aqua” pressing, and Urban Outfitters will offer a “Violet” variant.    

Violent Femmes Add It Up

Add It Up (1981–1993) draws from Violent Femmes’ first five albums—documenting the trailblazing band’s stylistic development as they rose to become one of alt-rock’s most commercially-successful acts. Offering fans more than just a compilation of hits, Add It Up also spotlights Violent Femmes’ energetic live performances—captured at the height of their career. Additionally, nearly half of the collection is devoted to rarities, including demos, B-sides, and imports that were previously unavailable in the US, at the time of Add It Up’s release. These include “I Hate the TV,” “Gimme The Car,” and “Dance, M.F., Dance!”

Pre-order/pre-save Add It Up (1981–1993) here, and listen to “Add It Up (Live)” – which was unavailable digitally until now! – below.

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Add It Up (1981-1993) vinyl tracklist:
Side A:
1. Intro
2. Waiting for the Bus
3. Blister in the Sun
4. Gone Daddy Gone
5. Gordon’s Message
6. Gimme the Car

Side B:
1. Country Death Song
2. Black Girls
3. Jesus Walking on Water
4. 36-24-36
5. I Held Her in My Arms

Side C:
1. I Hate the TV
2. America Is
3. Old Mother Reagan
4. Degradation
5. Dance, M.F., Dance!
6. Lies (Live)
7. American Music
8. Out the Window

Side D:
1. Kiss Off (Live)
2. Add It Up (Live)
3. Vancouver (Live)
4. Johnny (Live)

Add It Up (1981-1993) digital tracklist:
Intro*
Waiting for the Bus*
Blister in the Sun
Gone Daddy Gone
Gordon’s Message
Gimme the Car
Country Death Song
Black Girls
Jesus Walking on Water
36-24-36*
I Held Her in My Arms
I Hate the TV*
America Is*
Old Mother Reagan
Degradation
Dance, M.F., Dance!*
Lies (Live)*
American Music
Out the Window*
Kiss Off (Live)*
Add It Up (Live)*
Vancouver (Live)*
Johnny (Live)*

* Indicates tracks unavailable digitally until this release.

Images courtesy of Violent Femmes/Craft Recordings. Featured image credit: Howard Rosenberg.

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