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Violent Femmes - Why Do Birds Sing? Album
Violent Femmes - Why Do Birds Sing? Album
Performer: Violent Femmes
Title: Why Do Birds Sing?
Label: Slash, London Records
Country: UK & Europe
Style: Alternative Rock
Cat: 8573 81959 2
Rating: 4.9/5
Format: MP3, FLAC, WMA
FLAC size: 1498 mb | MP3 size: 2872 mb | WMA size: 1537 mb
Genre: Rock

1More Money Tonight
Written-By – Gordon Gano
2Girl Trouble
Written-By – Gordon Gano
3I'm Free
Written-By – Gordon Gano
4American Music
Written-By – Gordon Gano
5Out The Window
Written-By – Gordon Gano
6Look Like That
Written-By – Gordon Gano
7Life Is A Scream
Written-By – Gordon Gano
8Flamingo Baby
Written-By – Gordon Gano
9Lack Of Knowledge
Written-By – Gordon Gano
10He Likes Me
Written-By – Gordon Gano
11Used To Be
Written-By – Gordon Gano
12Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?
Written-By – Culture Club
13Hey Nonny Nonny
Written-By [Additional], Composed By – Gordon Gano


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
9 26476-2Violent Femmes Why Do Birds Sing? ‎(CD, Album)Slash, Reprise Records9 26476-2US1991
92 64764Violent Femmes Why Do Birds Sing? ‎(Cass, Album, Dol)Slash, Reprise Records92 64764Canada1991
828 239-2Violent Femmes Why Do Birds Sing? ‎(CD, Album)Slash, London Records828 239-2Europe1991
L30551Violent Femmes Why Do Birds Sing ‎(LP, Album)Slash, Liberation RecordsL30551Australia1991
CD 26476Violent Femmes Why Do Birds Sing? ‎(CD, Album)Slash, Reprise RecordsCD 26476Canada1991


  • Harmonium, Mellotron, Arranged By [Strings]Michael Beinhorn (tracks: 6)
  • KeyboardsTom Mandell (tracks: 1)
  • Mastered ByHowie Weinberg
  • Mixed ByDavid Vartanian (tracks: 2, 3, 5, 7 to 13), Eric "ET" Thorngren (tracks: 1, 4, 6)
  • Organ [Hammond]Michael Beinhorn (tracks: 1)
  • Photography ByMary Jones
  • PianoMichael Beinhorn (tracks: 13)
  • Piano, MellotronMichael Beinhorn (tracks: 4)
  • ProducerMichael Beinhorn
  • Producer, BassBrian Ritchie
  • Producer, DrumsVictor DeLorenzo
  • Producer, Vocals, GuitarGordon Gano
  • Recorded BySusan Rogers
  • StringsIlene Novog (tracks: 6), Larry Corbett (tracks: 6), Sid Page (tracks: 6), Suzie Katayama (tracks: 6)
  • Technician [Drums]Ross Garfield
  • Technician [Guitar]Alex Alvarez


This version was released some time after 2000 when the London Records catalogue was moved to Warner Music but before the London Records was replaced with the Warner Bros. Records logo.

'Hey Nonny Nonny' adapted from 16th Century poem 'Colin' by the Shepard Tonie.

Studios: Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, Larrabee Sound, Los Angeles, CA, Hit Factory, NY, D.V.'s Perversion Room Mach II, Milwaukee, WI, American Recording, Woodland Hill, CA, One By One, North Hollywood, CA, Masterdisk, NY

Previously available as 828 239-2


  • Barcode (Printed): 6 85738 19592 3
  • Barcode (Scanned): 685738195923
  • Rights Society: GEMA/BIEM (EUROPE)
  • Rights Society: GEMA/MCPS (UK)
  • Price Code: EW 835
  • Label Code: LC 02775
  • Matrix / Runout: 857381959-2 02/00


  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Slash Records
  • Copyright (c) – Slash Records
  • Made By – Warner Music Manufacturing Europe


Why Do Birds Sing is the fifth studio album by Violent Femmes, released on April 30, 1991. It was their last album with original drummer Victor DeLorenzo, who left two years later to devote his time to acting, and was produced by Michael Beinhorn, best-known then for his work with the Red Hot Chili Peppers on Mother's Milk and The Uplift Mofo Party Plan. It featured the single American Music, which rose to number 2 on Billboard's Modern Rock chart during the week of May 18, 1991. Two years after the release of their stripped-down and mellowed-out album 3, the Violent Femmes return with a disjointed and choppy but enjoyable album, Why Do Birds Sing. This record is probably most famous for its cover of Culture Club's Do You Really Want to Hurt Me. The acoustic sound they pioneered way back before MTV Unplugged was even thought of is still the most part. Album 1991 13 Songs. Why Do Birds Sing Violent Femmes. Rock I don t really want to hurt you then Lovers always asked me: Why why why why In my mind my memory's burning What's your favorite color of your favorite car I took a step the step was learning That that's a step beyond a step too far Do you really want to hurt me Do you really want to make me cry. Beauty sat bathing by a spring where fairest shades did hide her The winds blew calm the birds did sing the cool streams ran beside her My wanton thoughts enticed mine eye to see what was forbidden But better memory said fie so vain desire was chidden Hey nonny nonny oh hey nonny nonny Hey nonny nonny oh hey nonny nonnie Into a. Songs in album Violent Femmes - Why Do Birds Sing 1991. Violent Femmes - American Music. Violent Femmes - Out The Window. Violent Femmes - Look Like That. Violent Femmes - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me. Violent Femmes - Hey Nonny Nonny. Violent Femmes - Used To Be. Violent Femmes - Girl Trouble. Listen free to Violent Femmes Why Do Birds Sing American Music, Out the Window and more. 13 tracks 43:53. View wiki. I'll never forget cruising in Diller's Beetle with Po the three of us singing this entire album front to back with our whole hearts. It was never easy being real people in the middlanowhere, but good friends and honest music sure made it better. Violent Femmes - Do You Really Want to Hurt Me 4:51. Violent Femmes - Lack Of Knowledge 1:57. Violent Femmes - American Music Official Music Video 4:09. Violent Femmes. Out the Window, 02:51. Do You Really Want to Hurt Me, 04:49. Life Is a Scream, 01:53. Why Do Birds Sing 1 year ago1 year ago. Album release date: 1 March 2019. Album: Why Do Birds Sing 1991, A great cover originally performed by Culture Club