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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Bikini Kill March 9, 2019

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Funny, Bikini Kill passed me by first time around. I’m not sure why, as a long-term L7 fan and with a real liking for riot grrrl they should’ve been more or less in the wheelhouse, yet it was only much later I heard them. In my defence there’s so much music in the early to mid-1990s and I was shifting sharply towards electronica and dance that my bandwidth for guitar music was fading fast.

That said I do prefer the singles to the albums. And what a brilliant move getting Joan Jett in to produce (and sing and play guitar) some of them thereby forging a lineal connection with an earlier phase of feminist music.

As to the songs, they’re kind of brilliant. Kathleen Hanna, Billy Karren, Kathi Wilcox and Gobi Vail generate a focused energy here. And there’s no better starting place than The Singles – a compilation of songs made between 1993 and 1995, with 9 tracks all wrapped up in 18 or so minutes. It’s all there, pointing to the direction(s) they would take later. Remarkably they reunited this year for a tour.

New Radio

Rebel Girl

I Like Fucking

Anti-Pleasure Dissertation


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