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Babes In Toyland

Babes in Toyland were an all-female American punk band formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1988, when Lori Barbero met Kat Bjelland at a friend’s barbeque. Originally four-piece, the band developed into the honed-down trio of Lori (long-time Minneapolis scenester) on drums, Kat (a transplant from Oregon via San Francisco, who moved to Minneapolis specifically to form a band) on vocals and guitar, and Michelle Leon on bass. Their debut single on Treehouse Records (“Dust Cake Boy” b/w “Spit To See The Shine”) landed them a deal with Minneapolis’ famed Twin/Tone Records.
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Babes in Toyland were an all-female American punk band formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1988, when Lori Barbero met Kat Bjelland at a friend’s barbeque. Originally four-piece, the band developed into the honed-down trio of Lori (long-time Minneapolis scenester) on drums, Kat (a transplant from Oregon via San Francisco, who moved to Minneapolis specifically to form a band) on vocals and guitar, and Michelle Leon on bass. Their debut single on Treehouse Records (“Dust Cake Boy” b/w “Spit To See The Shine”) landed them a deal with Minneapolis’ famed Twin/Tone Records.

Their debut album Spanking Machine — released in 1990 — caught the attention of Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, who began singing their praises in the music press and invited the band to support them on their European tour. Meanwhile, Spanking Machine was released in the UK by Southern Studios, and was quickly gaining favour with the music press and John Peel who recorded a session with them and named the album as his favorite of 1990.

In the summer of 1991, To Mother was recorded at Southern Studios with John Loder in the producer’s seat. The EP entered the independent charts in the top 10 and stayed there for an amazing 13 weeks (ten of which the EP held at the No. 1 position). Early in 1992, Michelle Leon amicably left the band and was replaced by Maureen Herman, an old friend and long-time fan of the band. Their second and most successful album, Fontanelle was released in August 1992 and was followed by the outtakes EP Painkillers in June 1993.

After a number of other tours, Babes in Toyland released Nemesisters, their third and final studio album, in 1995. After this, the band were on-off with Leon’s departure leading to the dissolution of their record label contract. In 2001, the band reformed for one final time and performed their final show on November 25 in Minneapolis. After this, the band officially disbanded, however, Kat Bjelland performed a number of shows in Europe under the band’s name, only to face legal action from former members if the tour went further ahead. « hide

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LPs
Nemesisters
1995

3.2
14 Votes
Painkillers
1993

3.5
12 Votes
The Peel Sessions
1992

3.5
2 Votes
Fontanelle
1992

3.6
52 Votes
Spanking Machine
1990

3.4
17 Votes
EPs
To Mother
1991

3.3
3 Votes
Live Albums
Minneapolism: Live for the Last Time
2001

3
1 Votes
Live At The Academy June 17, 1992
1992

3
1 Votes
Play Time


2.7
5 Votes
Compilations
The Further Adventures Of Babes In Toyland
2001

Lived
2000

4
1 Votes
Devil
2000

4
1 Votes
Natural Babe Killers
2000

Dystopia
1994


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