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Encyclopedia > Bikini Kill
Bikini Kill
Origin Olympia, Washington
Country United States
Years active 1990–1998
Genres Riot grrrl
Punk rock
Indie rock
Labels Kill Rock Stars (1990—1998)
Members Kathleen Hanna
Kathi Wilcox
Tobi Vail
Billy Karren
Website(s) www.tigerbomb.net
killrockstars.com/bikinikill

Bikini Kill was a punk band of the Riot Grrrl movement formed in Olympia, Washington in October of 1990. The group was well known and notorious for its radical feminist lyrics and fiery performances. Their music was abrasive hardcore-influenced punk with plenty of hooks. Coordinates: County Thurston County Incorporated January 28, 1859  - Mayor Mark Foutch Area    - City 48. ... Official language(s) English Capital Olympia Largest city Seattle Area  Ranked 18th  - Total 71,342 sq mi (184,827 km²)  - Width 240 miles (385 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 6. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Riot grrrl (or riot grrl) is an indie-punk feminist movement that reached its height in the 1990s but continues to exert influence over alternative cultures. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Indie rock is a subgenre of rock music often used to refer to bands that are on small independent record labels or that arent on labels at all. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The new KRS logo by Sarah Utter on a KRS sweatshirt. ... Kathleen Hanna (born 12 November 1968) is an American musician, activist, and zine writer. ... Kathi Wilcox (born November 19, 1969 in Vancouver, Washington) is an American musician residing in Washington, D.C. where she performs in the band The Casual Dots. ... Tobi Vail (b. ... Billy Karren is a musician most commonly known as the guitarist of the influential punk band Bikini Kill. ... Riot grrrl (or riot grrl) is an indie-punk feminist movement that reached its height in the 1990s but continues to exert influence over alternative cultures. ... Coordinates: County Thurston County Incorporated January 28, 1859  - Mayor Mark Foutch Area    - City 48. ... See also: 1989 in music, 1990 in British music, other events of 1990, 1991 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // January 21 - MTVs Unplugged premieres on cable television with musical guest, Squeeze February 6 - Billy Idol is involved in a serious motorcycle accident...


While occasionally collaborating (politically and creatively) with high-profile acts such as Nirvana and Joan Jett, Bikini Kill was well known for shunning major labels and the mainstream rock press. After two full-length albums, several EPs and two compilations, the group disbanded in 1998. Nirvana was an American rock band originating from Aberdeen, Washington. ... Joan Jett (born Joan Marie Larkin on September 22, 1960) is an American rock guitarist, singer, producer and actress. ... The following is a partial list of record labels, both past and present. ... Mainstream is, generally, the common current of thought of the majority. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Music critic. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ...

Contents

History

The band was formed in Olympia, WA by Kathleen Hanna, Kathi Wilcox and Tobi Vail. They began working together on a fanzine called Bikini Kill, and with the addition of Billy Karren, formerly of The Go Team on guitar, formed a band of the same name. The band wrote songs together as a group and encouraged a female-centric environment at their shows, urging girls to come to the front of the stage and handing out lyric sheets to them. Kathleen Hanna (born 12 November 1968) is an American musician, activist, and zine writer. ... Kathi Wilcox (born November 19, 1969 in Vancouver, Washington) is an American musician residing in Washington, D.C. where she performs in the band The Casual Dots. ... Tobi Vail (b. ... A fanzine (see also: zine) is a nonprofessional publication produced by fans of a particular subject for the pleasure of others who share their interest. ... Billy Karren is a musician most commonly known as the guitarist of the influential punk band Bikini Kill. ... The Go Team was a 1980s band from Olympia, Washington consisting of Tobi Vail and Calvin Johnson of Beat Happening. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


After an independent demo cassette, Revolution Girl Style Now, Bikini Kill released Bikini Kill EP on the indie label Kill Rock Stars. Produced by Ian MacKaye of Fugazi and Minor Threat, the album began to establish the band's audience. In 1993, Bikini Kill went to England and began working with Huggy Bear, releasing a joint recording together and touring the UK. The tour was the subject of a documentary film by Lucy Thane entitled It Changed My Life: Bikini Kill In The U.K.. By the following year, Riot Grrrl was receiving constant attention in the media and Bikini Kill were increasingly referred to as leaders of the movement. Hanna called for a "media blackout" amongst Riot Grrrls, as those within the group felt the band and the movement were being misrepresented and commodified. Bikini Kill was the first label work by the rock band Bikini Kill. ... The concept of an independent record label is a record label operating without the funding of one of the major record labels, which are generally defined to be the handful of media corporations which have recently dominated the recorded music industry in the West. ... The new KRS logo by Sarah Utter on a KRS sweatshirt. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Ian Thomas Garner MacKaye (pronounced ), born April 16, 1962, is an American musician, probably best known as the singer for the highly influential bands Minor Threat, Embrace and Fugazi, and as one of the founders and owners (with drummer and artist Jeff Nelson) of Dischord Records, a Washington, D.C... Fugazi are a rock band from Washington, D.C., formed in 1987. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... See also: 1993 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1993 Record labels established in 1993 other events of 1993 list of years in music 1990s in music // January 8 - The U.S. Postal service issues an Elvis Presley stamp. ... . Huggy Bear was an English riot grrrl band, formed in 1991 in Brighton, England. ... Lucy Thane is a documentary filmmaker. ...


Upon their return to the United States, the group began working with Joan Jett of The Runaways, whose music Hanna described as an early example of the Riot Grrrl aesthetic. Jett produced the single "New Radio/Rebel Girl" for the band. Joan Jett (born Joan Marie Larkin on September 22, 1960) is an American rock guitarist, singer, producer and actress. ... This article is about the 1970s band. ...


The band's final album was Reject All American (1996, and the band broke up in 1998). Shortly before the breakup, a collection of singles released only on vinyl between 1995-1996, titled The Singles was released. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... See also: 1995 in music, other events of 1996, 1997 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // January 8 - Madonnas stalker, Robert Hoskins is found guilty and convicted on five charges of assault, stalking, and threatening to kill the singer. ... See also: 1998 in music (UK) other events of 1998 Musical groups established in 1998 Record labels established in 1998 list of years in music 1990s in music // February 15 - Sir Edward Elgars unfinished third symphony, completed by Anthony Payne is performed for the first time at the Royal...


Post-breakup

During the summer of 1992, Tobi Vail, Kathi Wilcox and Billy Karren began to perform and record together with Molly Neuman of Bratmobile, as The Frumpies, who toured as late as the early 2000s with similar Italian punk band Dada Swing[1], [2]. Bratmobile was an American punk band. ...


Vail, notorious for her numerous side projects and being in several bands at a time, later resurfaced in a band called Spider and the Webs. Kathi Wilcox plays in the Casual Dots and Bill Karren is in Boo-Boo and the Corrections. In popular music, a side-project is a project undertaken by one (or several) person already known for their involvement in another band. ...


Kathleen Hanna first contributed to an LP as a member of The Fakes, and then turned to more dance-based,New Wave music (with similar feminist lyrical themes) on her solo debut, Julie Ruin. She then became a member of the political New Wave outfit Le Tigre, which saw Hanna become far more comfortable with major record labels and the press. New Wave is a term that has been used to describe many developments in music, but is most commonly associated with a movement in Western popular music, in the late 1970s and early 1980s inspired by the punk rock movement. ... Julie Ruin is the independent record produced by Kathleen Hanna in 1997, while taking a break from Bikini Kill. ... New Wave is a term that has been used to describe many developments in music, but is most commonly associated with a movement in Western popular music, in the late 1970s and early 1980s inspired by the punk rock movement. ... Le Tigre (album) Le Tigre (shirt) Le Tigre is a feminist electro post-punk band formed in 1998 by Kathleen Hanna. ...


Trivia

  • All male punk rock band NOFX has a song titled "Kill Rock Stars" on their album So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes criticizing the perceived exclusionary feminist philosophies of the band and the stardom of Kathleen Hanna. [3]
  • Tobi Vail had a relationship with Kurt Cobain of Nirvana (who wrote several hit songs such as "Aneurysm" and "Drain You" about their relationship), Kathleen Hanna is married to Ad-Rock from the Beastie Boys, and Kathi Wilcox has a child with Guy Picciotto of Fugazi.
  • Bikini Kill are recognized as influences by major label band The Donnas (who Neuman of the Frumpies/Bratmobile manages) and the indie rock band The Gossip.
  • New York City-based rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs named themselves after the Bikini Kill half of the joint Huggy Bear/Bikini Kill recording Our Troubled Youth/Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah.

The shield and spear of the Roman God Mars are often used to represent the male sex In heterogamous species, male is the sex of an organism, or of a part of an organism, which typically produces smaller, mobile gametes (spermatozoa) that are able to fertilise female gametes (ova). ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... NOFX is a skate punk band from San Francisco, California, United States, formed in 1983 in Los Angeles. ... Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 – c. ... Nirvana was an American rock band originating from Aberdeen, Washington. ... Post surgical photo of brain aneurysm survivor. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Beastie Boys are a group from the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan. ... Guy Picciotto (born September 17, 1965) is an American musician from Washington, DC. He is most widely known for his role in the band Fugazi (1987 - Present). ... Fugazi may refer to: an Italian slang term for something that is fake/not authentic. ... The following is a partial list of record labels, both past and present. ... The Donnas is the name of an American all-female rock band. ... Indie rock is a subgenre of rock music often used to refer to bands that are on small independent record labels or that arent on labels at all. ... Gossip (also known as Goxxip) is a three piece American Indie rock band. ... New York, NY redirects here. ... Yeah Yeah Yeahs are a Grammy Award nominated New York City-based rock band. ... . Huggy Bear was an English riot grrrl band, formed in 1991 in Brighton, England. ...

Discography

Albums

Revolution Girl Style Now! was the very first work by the rock band Bikini Kill. ... Bikini Kill was the first label work by the rock band Bikini Kill. ... The new KRS logo by Sarah Utter on a KRS sweatshirt. ... Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah is double album between American and English riot grrrl bands Bikini Kill and Huggy Bear. ... . Huggy Bear was an English riot grrrl band, formed in 1991 in Brighton, England. ... Pussy Whipped is the debut album of riot grrrl band Bikini Kill. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ...

Singles

  • New Radio/Rebel Girl 7" single on Kill Rock Stars (1993)
  • The Anti-Pleasure Dissertation Single on Kill Rock Stars (1994)
  • I Like Fucking/I Hate Danger 7" single on Kill Rock Stars (1995)

Compilations

  • Kill Rock Stars on Kill Rock Stars LP/CD (1991)
  • Throw: The YoYo Studio Compilation on YoYo Records (1991)
  • "Daddy's Li'l Girl" on Give Me Back LP Ebullition Records (1991)
  • "Suck My Left One" on There's A Dyke In The Pit, Outpunk Records (1992)
  • Bikini Kill:The Singles (1998)

Yoyo Records (aka Yoyo Recordings) is an independent record label and recording studio in Olympia, Washington owned by Pat Maley. ... Ebullition Records is an independent record label and distro based out of Goleta, California. ... Outpunk Records enjoys the distinction of being the first record label entirely devoted to queer punk bands. ...

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Bikini Kill (379 words)
Their music was too abrasive to ever make it into the mainstream, but Bikini Kill's uncompromising combination of lo-fi hi-speed punk and female empowerment sensibilities helped pave the way for such prominent acts as Sleater-Kinney, Hole, and PJ Harvey.
After a 1993 tour and split seven-inch with English Riot Grrrl act Huggy Bear, Bikini Kill returned to the States and teamed with Joan Jett to produce the three song "New Radio" + 2 seven-inch.
This record was perhaps the high point in the band's rollercoaster career: a vitriolic, caustic exercise in feminist punk rock chaos that also managed to be experimental, artistic, and catchy.
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