The following year, The Violent Femmes released Hallowed Ground, which moved the group to a more country music sound. The third album, The Blind Leading the Naked was more mainstream, pop-oriented, resulting in a minor hit with "Children of the Revolution" (originally by T. Rex). The group then disbanded, with Gano releasing an album in 1987, the result of a gospel side project Mercy Seat. Richie also released several solo LPs. The group came back together in 1989, releasing 3 and then Why Do Birds Sing (1991).
DeLorenzo left the group in 1993 to pursue a solo career. Guy Hoffman (formerly of the Oil Tasters and BoDeans) replaced him in time to record New Times (1994, Elektra Records). Rock (1995, Mushroom Records) was released in 1995, in Australia only. Viva Wisconsin, a live album, was released in the United States in 1999 on the independent label Beyond, and was followed by Freak Magnet in 2001. Something's Wrong (2001) was an album of covers, alternate versions of old songs, demos, and acoustic live performances, and was released as an MP3-only album through Emusic.com.
|Year||Title||Label||1983||The Violent Femmes||Slash/Rhino||1984||Hallowed Ground||Slash/Rhino||1986||The Blind Leading the Naked||Slash||1988||3||Slash||1991||Why Do Birds Sing||Reprise||1994||New Times||Elektra Records||1995||Rock||Mushroom Records||1999||Viva Wisconsin||Beyond||2000||Freak Magnet||Beyond|