We had the pleasure of meeting up with Brian Ritchie of Violent Femmes last week before their sold out show at The Commodore Ballroom. While we were told only Brian might do the interview it was a real treat when Gordon Gano popped in to offer a couple of his favorite albums - particularly Johnny Thunders "Live at Max's Kansas City", before slipping back to his room to warm up for the show! It was interesting to hear Brian cite a few of his influential albums, and came as a bit of surprise when he listed first and foremost Yes "Fragile" as the source of his bass playing style (which in retrospect makes total sense. Have a look!
This Violent Femmes episode of Records In My Life references the following albums:
1. Yes - Fragile
2. T-Rex - A Beard of Stars
3. Albert Ayler - The Impulse Story
4. Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers - Live at Max's Kansas City
5. Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico
Brian also spoke to us about his love of Televisions's Marque Moon as well as Ornette Coleman's "Ornette"
Records In My Life is hosted and produced by Charles Brownstein
direction, editing by Mark Henning
Videography by Benn McQuire & Mark Henning
Animations and logo by Susana Ramirez
This Violent Femmes episode of RIML features their song "Memories" off the "We Can Do Anything" album
Theme music is "Best Tonight" by Combine the Victorious