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Femmes' Gordon Gano enamored with MIT crowd

Violent Femmes
An interview with Gordon Gano.
By Anne Tsao and Joanna Stone
Johnson Athletic Center teemed with 2,000 students on April 23 for the annual Spring Weekend Concert. With a screaming standing ovation and a call for three encores, it was clear how this MIT crowd felt about the Violent Femmes. The less obvious question is, "How did the Violent Femmes feel about MIT?"

In a backstage interview, lead singer Gordon Gano said that the Violent Femmes were very pleased to have played for such a receptive audience. "I loved this crowd," said Gano, beaming with enthusiasm. He then went on to admit that he had probably never played to such a smart audience before.

According to Gano, the Violent Femmes enjoy playing at colleges and do so frequently. However, Gano said in a rather off the cuff remark that the crowd at MIT was "better than all the others combined." Putting hard evidence behind his claim, Gano noted that the Femmes don't usually go over the contract time limit, which they did here.

During the concert, Gano stated, "We're professionals, we do this for a living -- we can feel the magic in the crowd."

Gano talked a bit after the concert about the band's early days. This Milwaukee group originated 11 years ago and currently consists of multi-instrument player Brian Ritchie, percussionist Vincent DeLorenzo, and lyricist/lead singer Gordon Gano.

Gano also commented on the evening's opening band from, Battle of the Bands winner Honest Bob and the Factory-to-Dealer Incentives. "Nice show," he remarked. He elaborated, saying he enjoyed the band. "You probably hear this all the time," Gano said before continuing on to tell the band members that he especially liked their song "Be My Ex-Girlfriend."

Gano expressed his great desire for the Femmes to be able to come back and play at MIT again in the future. He then added, "I'd love to come back here, but I don't think they'd let me in as a student."