In News You Missed This Week

In News You Missed This Week

To celebrate Bikini Kill frontwoman and key figure in the riot grrrl movement, Kathleen Hanna’s recent performance at Boston’s Wilbur Theatre Boston Mayor Marty Walsh proclaimed that April 9, 2015 is now officially “Riot Grrrl Day” in Boston.

The full text of his proclamation:

 

The riot grrrl philosophy has never felt more relevant, with misogyny still rampant in many cultural spaces;” and “Riot grrrls redefine the language used against them and continue to fight the newest incarnations of patriarchy. In doing so, they ironically confirm one ex-congressman’s accidental wisdom: ‘the female body has ways to try to shut that down.’ It sure does: women’s voices telling their stories can shut that down.”

 

While Punk had been popular since the mid 1970’s by the late 1980’s it hadn’t, as yet, produced a popular female fronted group… but that was about to change.

The beginning of the ‘90s saw most of the music world’s attention beginning to focus on Seattle’s burgeoning music scene but an hour south of Seattle in Olympia WA, and centered around Evergreen College, another music scene was beginning to take shape. 

Overshadowed by Seattle, but no less noisy, this music scene was built by, built for, and built around Women, their bands and a sub-genre of Punk dubbed Riot Grrrl.

Riot grrrls weren’t afraid of volume, impoliteness and the hounds of political correctness. They had a message, and they wanted to say it as loud as possible.

In 1991 the riot grrrl manifesto was published in the pages of BIKINI KILL ZINE 2.

Two of the seminal riot grrrl groups were Bikini Kill and Bratmobile. Started in 1991 by University of Oregon students Allison Wolfe and Molly Neuman Bratmobile would break-up publicly on stage in 1994, reform in 1998 and break-up again in 2003.

Bikini Kill formed in Olympia, WA, in 1990 with Kathleen Hanna (vocals), Billy Karren (guitar), Kathi Wilcox (bass) and Tobi Vail (drums).

Noted for their fiery live performances and notorious for its radical feminist lyrics the band while occasionally

collaborating with high-profile acts such as Nirvana and Joan Jett 

was better known for shunning both the major record labels and the mainstream rock press. In 1997 after releasing two full length albums, several EPs and two compilations the band called it quits. Hanna would then go on to produce the lo-fi solo project The Julie Ruin and the band Le Tigre.

In 2015 riot grrrl bands and their philosophy don’t receive the kind of press coverage that they received 25 years ago but

 

The riot grrrl philosophy, aesthetic and legacy continues to influence art today including a slew of new female punk projects like The Barbazons, Slutever and others.

 

 

BIKINI KILL

bikini kill

 

BIKINI KILL DISCOGRAPHY

Albums:

Revolution Girl Style Now! (Cass) (Self Released) 1991 Bikini Kill/Huggy Bear  Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah / Our Troubled Youth (LP, Split, MP3) Kill Rock Stars 1992
Bikini Kill/Huggy Bear  Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah / Our Troubled Youth (Cass,
LP, Split) Catcall 1993
Pussy Whipped (CD, LP) Kill Rock Stars 1993
Pussy Whipped (LP) Wiiija Records 1993
The C.D. Version Of The First Two Records (
CD, MP3) Kill Rock Stars 1994 
Reject All American (
CD, LP, MP3) Kill Rock Stars 1996
Bikini Kill/Huggy Bear
Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah / Our Troubled Youth (LP) Kill Rock Stars 2004

Singles & EPs:

Bikini Kill (12″) Kill Rock Stars 1992
New Radio +2 (7″) Kill Rock Stars 1993
Peel Sessions  (7″) Not On Label 1993
I Like Fucking / I Hate Danger (
7″, MP3) Kill Rock Stars 1995
The Anti-Pleasure Dissertation (
7″, MP3) Kill Rock Stars 1995
Team Dresch / Bikini Kill –
Spring Tour 1996 (7″) Banda Bonnot 1996
Bikini Kill (12″) Kill Rock Stars 2004
New Radio +2 (
7″, MP3) Kill Rock Stars 2009

Compilations:

The Singles (CD, MP3) Kill Rock Stars 1998 
 
Appearances:

Albums:

“Rebel Girl”  Kill Rock Stars 2008 Sampler (CD) Kill Rock Stars 2008 
“New Radio” 
20 Years Of Kill Rock Stars (MP3) Kill Rock Stars 2011  

Singles & EPs:

“Suck My Left One” There’s A Dyke In The Pit (7″) HARP Records 1994
“Suck My Left One”
There’s A Dyke In The Pit (7″) Outpunk Records 1994

Compilations:

“Feels Blind” Kill Rock Stars (CD, LP) Kill Rock Stars 1991
“Daddy’s L’il Girl” 
Give Me Back (LP) Ebullition Records 1991
“Candy” Throw – The Yoyo Studio Compilation (
CD, LP) Yoyo Recordings 1992
“New Radio” 
Some Songs: From The Kill Rock Stars Singles (CD) Kill Rock Stars 1997
“Capri Pants” 
The Record Shop – 30 Years Of Rough Trade Shops (2xCD) V2 Records, Inc. 2006
“Feels Blind”
Rock Stars: Summer in Olympia, 1991 (LP) Kill Rock Stars 2011
“Rebel Girl” Up To D.A.T (CD) Mad’s Collectif  Unknown

Writing & Arrangement:

“Rebel Girl” Lynyrd’s Innards / Nation Of Wenonah (Split 10″) What Else? Records 1996 
Lutefisk –
Burn In Hell Fuckers! (LP) Bong Load Records 1996
“Rebel Girl” Wynona Riders, The – How To Make An American Quit (CD) Cold Front Records 1999
“In Accordance To Natural Law” Los Campesinos! – My Year In Lists (
7″, Digital) Wichita 2008
“Double Dare Ya”
More Than Music, Volume 1 (7″) Stonehenge Records 2009
“Jet Ski” Iron Chic – (Cosmic) Future (7″) Yo-Yo Records  2011

  The C.D. Version Of The First Two Records

Playing Time: 30:52

bikini kill - the c.d. version of the first two records

1. Double Dare Ya (2:40)
2. Liar (2:35)
3. Carnival (1:30)
4. Suck My Left One (2:24)
5. Feels Blind (3:21)
6. Thurston Hearts The Who (3:45)
7. White Boy (2:26)
8. This Is Not A Test (1:59)
9. Don’t Need You (1:27)
10. Jigsaw Youth (1:55)
11. Resist Psychic Death (1:40)
12. Rebel Girl (2:47)
13. Outta Me (2:23)

 

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Double Dare Ya

 

 


 

BRATMOBILE

bratmobile

 

BRATMOBILE DISCOGRAPHY

Albums:

Pottymouth (CD, LP, Digital) Kill Rock Stars 1992
Ladies, Women And Girls  (
CD, LP, Digital) Lookout! Records 2000
Girls Get Busy (
CD, LP, Digital) Lookout! Records 2002

Singles & EPs:

Brainiac / Bratmobile Live (7″) Twelve-Vex-Twelve 1992 
Kiss And Ride (7″) Homestead Records 1992
Heavens To Betsy / Bratmobile – My Secret / Cool Schmool (7″) K 1992
Bratmobile / Tiger Trap – Throwaway / Words And Smiles (7″) Four Letter Words 1992 
Bratmobile / Veronica Lake – Working Holiday (May) (7″) Simple Machines Records 1993
Peel Session (CD EP) Dutch East India Trading (US) 1994
Peel Session (CD EP) Strange Fruit (UK) 1994
The Real Janelle (CD EP, 12″) Kill Rock Stars 1994

Appearances:

Albums:

“Punk Rock Dream Come True” International Pop Underground Convention (CD, 2xLP, Digital) K 1992
“Bitch Theme”  Julep – Another Yoyo Studio Compilation (
CD, LP) Yoyo Recordings  1993
“90’s Nomad”
Lookout! Freakout, Episode 2 (CD) Lookout! Records 2001
“I’m In The Band”
Lookout! Freakout Episode 3 (CD) Lookout! Records 2003 
“Die”
20 Years Of Kill Rock Stars (MP3) Kill Rock Stars 2011

Compilations:

“Girl Germs”  Kill Rock Stars (CD, LP) Kill Rock Stars 1991
“Queenie”
Throw – The Yoyo Studio Compilation (CD) Yoyo Recordings 1992
“She Said” Neapolitan Metropolitan (3×7″) Simple Machines Records 1992
“There’s No Other Way”
Teenbeat 100 (7″) 1993 
“There’s No Other Way”
Wakefield. The TeenBeat Boxed Set (4xCD) Teenbeat 1995
“There’s No Other Way”
Wakefield. The TeenBeat Story/Vol. 4/1985-1995/February 23rd, 1985 (CD) Teenbeat 1995
“Eating Toothpaste” Girls Kick Ass (
CD, LP) Vitaminepillen Records 2001 
“Kiss And Ride” 
Yo-Yo A Go-Go 1999 (CD) Yoyo Recordings 2001  
“Gimme Brains”
Plea For Peace / Take Action (CD) Sub City Records 2001  
“Kill And Ride” Songs For Cassavetes – An All Ages Film (A Film By Justin Mitchell) (
CD, Digital) Better Looking Records 2001 
“Gimme Brains” Boys Lie: A Bunch Of Punk Rock Girl Bands!! (CD) Lookout! Records 2001
“I’m In The Band” Then Is The New Now (CD) Lookout! Records 2005
“Girl Germs”
Kill Rock Stars (LP) Kill Rock Stars 2011

Miscellaneous:

“Polaroid Baby” Big Songs for Little Attention Spans, Volume 2 (Digital) 2004
“Eating Toothpaste”
Be On The Lookout! (9xFile, MP3) Lookout! Records 2009  
“Die”
Kill Rock Stars Best Sampler Ever (Digital) Kill Rock Stars 2010 

 

 Ladies, Women and Girls

Playing Time: 31:55

1. Eating Toothpaste (2:26)
2. Gimme Brains (2:16)
3. It’s Common (But We Don’t Talk About It) (2:16)
4. Not In Dog Years (1:53)
5. You’re Fired (2:51)
6. Cheap Trick Record (1:40)
7. In Love With All My Lovers (2:06)
8. 90’s Nomad (2:10)
9. Well You Wanna Know What? (3:26)
10. Flavor Of The Month Club (2:35)
11. Affection Training (1:56)
12. Do You Like Me Like That? (2:37)
13. Come Hither (2:28)
14. Girlfriends Don’t Keep (1:15)

 

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Eating Toothpaste

 

 

 

 

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