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Main page. Coming out of Olympia at the beginning of the 90s, Bikini Kill was a straight-up punk band that made Valerie Solanos look like a Stepford wife, with ferocious songs that put the raw emotion back in agitrock. They're so tough they had a boy Billy Karren in the band without compromising their feminist approach.
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Bikini Kill. Recorded in October Bikini Kill's first 'proper' record blasts by in a searing 25 minutes.
Bikini Kill [Kill Rock Stars, ] As usual when a punk band does the trick, the secret isn't just magic. It's ideas, like the way Kathleen Hanna slips into the cockney "roights" on "Double Dare Ya," or the weary "Fine fine Fine fine Fine fine Fine fine" that ends "Suck My Left One," which I'd say is about learning to make something of sexual victimization and then learning that it's still no fun, but I could be wrong, which is why we need this band even if we don't believe racism and eating meat are, and I quote, "the same thing. Ideology discovers Poly Styrene.
Singer Kathleen Hanna, an American incarnation of X-Ray Spex's Poly Styrene, worked the crowd like a master preacher, singing, speechifying and switching between a little-girl voice and a full-throated howl, bringing girls to the front and attacking obnoxious guys, sometimes verbally, sometimes physically. The eight-song tape Revolution Girl Style Nowsold at shows, is blandly recorded but gets down on tape the band's earliest anthems and their basic message: girls should be empowered, molesting children is bad, etc. Subtle they're not, but sometimes a two-by-four is the only prescription.
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The band is widely considered to be the pioneer of the riot grrrl movement, and was known for its radical feminist lyrics and fiery performances. Their music is characteristically abrasive and hardcore-influenced. After two full-length albums, several EPs and two compilations, they disbanded in