When J.K. Rowling Reviewed Violent Femmes' Debut Album...
31 July 2017, 16:31
Celebrate the author and her most famous fictional character's birthday by reminding yourself what she thinks of the band's eponymous LP.
Back in 2016, J. K Rowling turned her hand to a to a spot of music criticism.
Having never heard the 1983 classic before - which includes singles Blister In The Sun, Add It Up and Gone Daddy Gone - Rowling wasn't exactly sold on her first listen.
In fact, she hated lead singer Gordon Gano's voice so much, she compared his "upper register" to "a bee in a plastic cup".
Listen to Blister In The Sun, here:
However, by the time she'd heard the album a few times, the writer famous for giving us the likes of Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley has had a complete turn around.
Speaking about revisiting the record, she writes: "This is weird. The vocalist is actually, um… good. Where did the bloke I heard yesterday go?"
She adds: "On the third listen, I realised that I loved the album. Before I knew it, I was listening to it over and over again. Only then did I let myself look at their Wikipedia page."
Rowling ended up giving their debut a strong 8.5 out of 10, which is pretty respectable for a complete Violent Femmes novice.
Explaining how the band managed to pass her by, she wrote: "I turned 18 the year this album came out, but I was obsessed with The Beatles at the time."
Watch the official video for Gone Daddy Gone below: