Five Good Covers presents five cross-genre reinterpretations of an oft-covered song. Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney, L7, and Team Dresch, all formative riot grrrl bands, have reunited in to play tours and in some cases even release new music. The riot grrrl movement was a punk musical movement, but it was also a political movement; lyrics took on weighty topics, promoted feminism, and unabashedly commented on politics. This week we celebrate riot grrls, and thank them for speaking up and pushing for equality through their music. It only seems right to kick off a week of riot grrrl posts with Bikini Kill, often considered the founding band of the movement.
Bria Bisono, 21, and Xavier Medina, 19
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Now Bikini Kill are back with a mission still relevant in B ikini Kill never intended to reunite. In that room, Vail witnessed a group often erased from the punk canon writing their own history. The riot grrrl movement, founded by a coterie of like-minded bands and zine-makers nationwide, was about reclaiming a girlhood spoiled by misogyny. Life in the band was tough. Other feminist punks decried Hanna after the media crowned her the leader of a supposedly non-hierarchical scene. After releasing three albums, Bikini Kill played their last show in Tokyo in
Kayla Brooke, 27
Rock could be so good but we make it all so rubbishy. Cracked IndieClick Humor. Early days, when we were young and fun, ha!! Eddie Vedder - Without you - Live Letterman.
And a few boys, too. Hi mom and dad! Photographs by Nina Westervelt. Produced by Anya Strzemien. Interviews by Sharon Attia.