Femmes fans gotta sing.
Femmes fans gotta sing. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)

Fan requests Femmes' show without audience singalongs

During my 15-plus years at OnMilwaukee, I’ve had people write to ask me for bar and restaurant advice, tickets to concerts and festivals, behind-the-scene tours and connections to prominent Milwaukeeans. And that’s fine. I help when I can.

Recently, however, I received my favorite Milwaukee request of all time, sent via Facebook Messenger.

"Dear Molly," wrote my Facebook friend. "Just one time in my life, I would love to hear ‘Add it Up’ (by the Violent Femmes) without the f*cking crowd singing along. Seriously, I don’t ask for much."

Most Femmes’ fans accept that when songs from the first self-titled album are performed live – "Good Feeling" possibly excluded – it’s completely acceptable to belt out a few "why can’t I gets" or "kiss off into the airs." I mean, c’mon, these songs are our coming-of-age anthems. They mean more to us than some of our relatives do.

At the same time, I like the idea of people not singing along with shows because often it’s really annoying. And it sometimes leads to over-hugging between friends, extensive beer spillage and nostalgia-based hook ups.

The thing is, singing along with live bands is also really fun – especially if you have a few drinks under your belt and it’s the song you lost your virginity to or the one that totally defines your relationship with your ex. I mean, in these cases, how can you not?


LegallyBlonde | Feb. 7, 2017 at 10:36 a.m. (report)

34046 A big PLUS for concerts is the energy derived from avid fans singing along. I recommend listening to the album in the comfort of your own home where 'we did too many drugs'.

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