Violent Women is an American folk punk band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The band is a trio that includes singer, songwriter, and guitarist Gordon Gano, bassist Brian Ritchie, and drummers Victor DeLorenzo (1980-1993 and 2002-2009) and Guy Hoffman (1993-2002).
The band was founded in 1980 in Milwaukee by Brian Ritchie and Victor DeLorenzo>. The meeting with Gordon Gano in 1981, singer, songwriter and guitarist is decisive, and as of October 1982, the trio released the album Violent Femmes, which remains a reference, acclaimed as much by the critics as by the public from its release.
The Violent Women publish in all eight studio albums and fifteen singles during their career. The band had an immediate success with their eponymous album early 1983. Containing most of their best-known songs such as "Blister in the Sun" , Kiss Off, Add It Up and Gone Daddy Gone , Violent Women has become their best selling album. He is certified platinum by the RIAA> ten years later. Violent Femmes became one of the most successful rock bands of the 1980s and 1990s, having sold a total of nine million albums in 2005, never reaching the top of the charts but becoming a cult band.
Gordon Gano produces the first two albums of Louise Attaque, a French group claiming directly the legacy of Violent Women.