Saturday, January 8, 2022

Kathleen Hanna (as Bikini Kill) - Revolution Girl Style Now! (1991)

Kathleen Hanna (as Bikini Kill) - Revolution Girl Style Now! (1991)

Tracklist front / back album covers

1. "Candy"   3:28
2. "Daddy's Li'l Girl"   2:35
3. "Feels Blind"   3:42
4. "Suck My Left One"   2:44
5. "Carnival"   1:44
6. "This Is Not a Test"   1:53
7. "Double Dare Ya"   2:37
8. "Liar"   2:46



Revolution Girl Style Now is a demo album by the punk rock band Bikini Kill. It was self-released in cassette form in 1991 and recorded at Yoyo Studios.

The 1991 cassette was released for the first time on vinyl, CD and digital formats in 2015 via the band's own label, Bikini Kill Records. The reissue includes three previously unreleased tracks: "Ocean Song", "Just Once", and "Playground".

The name of the album was a slogan that Bikini Kill used along with "Stop the J-Word Jealousy from Killing Girl Love". It dates back to at least the summer of 1991 when Bikini Kill and Bratmobile, originally from Olympia, Washington, traveled to Washington DC for an extended visit. Daniel Sinker, founder of Punk Planet magazine has written:

"Revolution Girl Style Now!" turned into "Girl Power" the catchphrase of manufactured pop superstars the Spice Girls; the Lilith Fair became one of the largest-grossing summer music festivals of the 90s; and Titanic made half a billion dollars at the box office largely from, according to the Nation's Katha Politt, 'Women-especially teenage girls-whose repeated viewings, often in groups of friends, have made Titanic the highest grossing movie in history." Yes, it was a revolution all right: Women were finally recognized as a market force that stretched into the previously male-dominated realm of entertainment. So what happened? How did "revolution girl-style now!" get turned into a marketing scheme? Two words: the media."

Bikini Kill is an American punk rock band formed in Olympia, Washington, in October 1990. The group consists of singer and songwriter Kathleen Hanna, guitarist Billy Karren, bassist Kathi Wilcox, and drummer Tobi Vail. The band pioneered the riot grrrl movement, with 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 1997. The band reunited for tours in 2019 and 2020.

Kathleen Hanna (born November 12, 1968) is an American singer, musician, artist, feminist activist, pioneer of the feminist punk riot grrrl movement, and punk zine writer. In the early-to-mid-1990s she was the lead singer of feminist punk band Bikini Kill, before fronting Le Tigre in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Since 2010, she has recorded as the Julie Ruin.

A documentary film about Hanna was released in 2013 by director Sini Anderson, titled The Punk Singer, detailing Hanna's life and career, as well as revealing her years-long battle with Lyme disease. Hanna is married to Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys.



Bikini Kill Band Members / Musicians

Kathleen Hanna – vocals (1990-1997, 2017, 2019–present), bass guitar (1990-1991)

Kathi Wilcox – bass guitar (1990-1997, 2017, 2019–present), guitars (1990-1991)

Tobi Vail – drums (1990-1997, 2017, 2019–present)

Erica Dawn Lyle – guitars (2019–present)

Billy Karren – guitars (1991-1997)


Bikini Girl Discography Full

1991 Revolution Girl Style Now! self-released cassette

1991 Bikini Kill EP on Kill Rock Stars

1993 Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah split LP with Huggy Bear on Catcall Records in the UK, Kill Rock Stars in the US

1993 Pussy Whipped on Kill Rock Stars

1996 Reject All American on Kill Rock Stars (1996)

1998 The Singles on Kill Rock Stars


Singles

1995 "New Radio/Rebel Girl" 7-inch single on Kill Rock Stars

1994 "The Anti-Pleasure Dissertation" 7-inch single on Kill Rock Stars

1995 "I Like Fucking" / "I Hate Danger" 7-inch single on Kill Rock Stars


Compilation appearances

1991 "Feels Blind" on Kill Rock Stars LP/CD (1991)
"Candy" on Throw: The Yoyo Studio Compilation, Yoyo Records

1991 "Daddy's Lil' Girl" on Give Me Back LP, Ebullition Records

1992 "Suck My Left One" on There's A Dyke In The Pit, Outpunk Records

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