Historic Third Ward, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

I hope you know that this will go down on your permanent record

Ok- not this video, but so many evenings in Milwaukee. If the Violent Femmes were playing, I tried to go. They were my first real concert without my parents. I was always the sweaty dancer fighting to get to the front.

I knew all of the words of every song and screamed them loud with hand gestures.

Brian Ritchie and Victor DeLorenzo founded the Violent Femmes in 1980, adding Gordon Gano in 1981. By the time I was in high school, they were famous.

Hometown heroes coming back for their loyal fans. Gordon Gano went to Rufus King High School when his family lived in Hales Corners. We made eye contact once- at a show.

Scroll down on this band info page to read some crazy Violent Femmes Trivia.