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Bikini Kill

Bikini Kill was a riot grrrl punk rock band, formed in Olympia, Washington in October of 1990. Often considered the godmothersof riot grrrl, Bikini Kill’s incendiary lyrics, calling for “Revolution Girl Style Now” helped inspire countless female punk bands ofthe 1990s and later.

The band was formed at The Evergreen State College by Kathleen Hanna, Kathi Wilcox and Tobi Vail. They began workingtogether on a fanzine called Bikini Kill, and with the addition of Billy Karren, formerly of The Go Team on guitar, formed a bandof the same name. Hanna, a former stripper, wrote ...read more

Bikini Kill was a riot grrrl punk rock band, formed in Olympia, Washington in October of 1990. Often considered the godmothersof riot grrrl, Bikini Kill’s incendiary lyrics, calling for “Revolution Girl Style Now” helped inspire countless female punk bands ofthe 1990s and later.

The band was formed at The Evergreen State College by Kathleen Hanna, Kathi Wilcox and Tobi Vail. They began workingtogether on a fanzine called Bikini Kill, and with the addition of Billy Karren, formerly of The Go Team on guitar, formed a bandof the same name. Hanna, a former stripper, wrote most of the band’s songs and encouraged a female-centered environmentat their shows, urging girls to come to the front of the stage and handing out lyric sheets to them.

After an independent demo cassette, Revolution Girl Style Now, Bikini Kill released The Bikini Kill EP on the indie label Kill RockStars. Produced by Ian MacKaye of Fugazi, the album began to establish the band’s audience. In 1993 (see 1993 in music),Bikini Kill went to England and began working with Huggy Bear, releasing a joint recording together and touring the UK. Thetour was the subject of a documentary film by Lucy Thane entitled It Changed My Life: Bikini Kill In The U.K… By the followingyear, riot grrl was receiving constant attention in the media and Bikini Kill were seen as leaders of the movement. At this timethe group called for a “media blackout” to be executed by all riot grrrls, since they felt the band and the movement werebeing misrepresented and commodified. On their return to the United States, they began working with Joan Jett, formerly ofThe Runaways, a rock musician whom Hanna described as an early example of riot grrl’s aesthetics. Jett produced the single“New Radio/Rebel Girl” for the band. Vail and Wilcox began songwriting in 1994 with the release of Pussy Whipped. Their lastalbum was Reject All American (1996), and the band broke up in 1998. Shortly before the breakup, a collection of singlesreleased between 1996-1998, aptly titled The Singles was released.

After the Tobi Vail and Billy Karren began to perform and record together as The Frumpies. Hanna worked with various artists,including Rachel Carns of The Need, in a band called The Fakes/, putting out one LP, and then released her solo project, JulieRuin. Kathleen Hanna now sings for Le Tigre. « hide

Similar Bands: Huggy Bear, Le Tigre, The Frumpies, Bratmobile, Sleater-Kinney

LPs
Reject All American
1996

3.6
19 Votes
Pussy Whipped
1993

3.7
51 Votes
EPs
Bikini Kill
1992

4.1
17 Votes
Compilations
The Singles
1998

4
23 Votes
The CD Version of the First Two Records
1994

3.9
29 Votes

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