Although my interest in the Violent Femmes actually started in elementary school, they've been a perennial favorite. I used to lock myself in my bathroom with the radio and listen to the Colorado College radio station, getting introduced to The Smiths, The Pixies, and The Violent Femmes. These private nights shaped my interest in music forever.
The Femmes' self-titled album is as unique and rousing today as it was in my mopey teen years –I discovered from listening to it again in its entirety on long subway rides. Very few albums are as good from beginning to end with such angsty energy and interesting soundscapes (due in part to the use of the xylophone and other unusual interments). A great album that has stood the test of time unlike some other H.S. faves–Stone Temple Pilots anyone?