This year’s Record Store Day features several new LPs from Craft Recordings. Among this year’s offerings is an exclusive picture disc that celebrates the 40th-anniversary of the Violent Femmes and their 1983 self-titled debut (limited to 6,000 copies), the first vinyl reissue of Jonathan Richman’s acclaimed 1990 LP, Jonathan Goes Country (limited to 5,000 copies on Red Cowboy Boot vinyl). Fans of Travis, meanwhile, will enjoy The Invisible Band (Live) (limited to 5000 copies; 2-LP; Clear Vinyl), which finds the Scottish band celebrating the 20th anniversary of their bestselling album with a hometown concert. Record Store Day occurs this spring on April 22nd, 2023.
I’m not quite sure how the Violent Femmes passed me by. I turned 18 the year this album came out, but I was obsessed with The Beatles at the time. Of contemporary bands I really loved, the standouts were the Smiths and the Psychedelic Furs. I loved any band with a great guitarist. I played guitar myself, mostly alone in my bedroom.
It’s possible that I heard the Violent Femmes but I’ve forgotten. They could easily have been part of the informal seminars on alternative music I received from the muso I dated in my late teens.