The recent reissue of the first Bikini Kill EP has got me thinking again about the band and the lasting influence of the Riot Grrrl movement. Sara Marcus' Girls to the Front: the true story of the riot grrrl revolution is the perfect companion to the reissue, along with these essentials from Riot Grrrl's past and future.
The Scream - Siouxsie and the Banshees: One of many figures often pointed to as an early model for Riot Grrrl, Siouxsie defied categorization. Even her cover of the Beatles' "Helter Skelter" is in a class by itself.
Blood and Guts in High School - Kathy Acker: The story goes that Kathleen Hannah talked herself into an interview with Acker, who told her to start a band.
Who Took the Bomp?: Le Tigre on Tour - This DVD captures Hannah's post-Bikini Kill synth punk project at the height of its powers.
Dig Me Out - Sleater Kinney: Corinne Tucker of Heavens to Betsy and Carrie Brownstein of Excuse 17 formed Sleater Kinney in 1994. The addition of drummer Janet Weiss on this 1997 album added a heaviness that made them one of the best live bands around for the rest of their career.
Wild Flag - Wild Flag: Features Brownstein, Weiss and Mary Timony of Autoclave. Memorable hooks, guitar freak-outs, huge John-Bonham-esque drums, and solid songwriting to boot. One of my favorites of 2011.