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  • Vinyl (November 20, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bikini Kill Records
  • ASIN: B009Z0O6QA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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1. Double Dare Ya
2. Liar
3. Carnival
4. Suck My Left One
5. Feels Blind
6. Thurston Hearts The Who

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***This is the 20th anniversary reissue of BIKINI KILL s debut 12" EP. Originally released in the fall of 1992, Bikini Kill comprises four songs recorded by IAN MACKAYE at Inner Ear Studios; one song from the band's 1991 demo cassette, record by PAT MALEY (Yo-Yo Studios); and one song recorded during Bikini Kill's live performance April 4th, 1992, at Washington, D.C.'s Sanctuary Theater. The vinyl reissue includes a new fanzine in the form of a 34"x21" poster featuring interviews with Ian MacKaye and MOLLY NEUMAN (BRATMOBILE), liner notes by LAYLA GIBBON (Skinned Teen, MRR), excerpts from the band s zines (Bikini Kill #1 and #2, Jigsaw #4), and photos from the band members' personal archives. Bikini Kill was a feminist punk band that was based in Olympia, WA and Washington, DC, forming in 1990 and breaking up in 1997. KATHLEEN HANNA sang, TOBI VAIL played drums, BILLY KARREN (aka BILLY BOREDOM) played guitar and KATHI WILCOX played bass. Bikini Kill is credited with instigating the Riot Grrrl movement in the early 90s via their political lyrics, zines, and confrontational live performances. The self-titled EP, originally released in the fall of 1992, comprises four songs recorded by Ian MacKaye at Inner Ear Studios; one song from the band's 1991 demo cassette, record by Pat Maley (Yo-Yo Studios); and one song recorded during Bikini Kill's live performance April 4th, 1992, at Washington, D.C.'s Sanctuary Theater. This EP marks the beginning of a larger campaign to release the complete Bikini Kill catalog, including previously unreleased material, on vinyl and CD in addition to the digital downloads.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Megzi on October 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I'm not sure if these are the first two records that started riot grrrl, but I do know it did have a major influence on the scene. For those who don't know, riot grrrl (also spelled as just riot grrl) is a form of hardcore punk rock music, with militant feminist lyrics. It began and then died (having gotten unwanted attention from the media) in the early '90s. The record first starts off with 'Double Dare Ya' an urge for women to take control of their equal rights, which has one of my favorite lines 'Gotta listen to what the Man says/time to make his stomach burn'. 'Liar' is a song that attacks rapists and also mocks the typical redneck macho man (eat meat/hate blacks/beat your f*cking wife/it's all the same thing). 'Carnival' is an interesting song with its skipping drumbeat, while 'Thurston Hearts The Who' has Tobi reading a negative review which puts down the band, while Kathleen mocks the reviewer. 'White Boy' is another song which deals with rape, and 'Don't Need You' is a powerful feminist anthem. The CD closes with 'Outta Me' which sounds almost like a slow and sad '60s pop song. A striking contrast compared to the other songs. Included in the CD booklet is political essay written by Kathleen. Great CD, if you feel like there is a lack of feminist perspective in music nowadays, definately pick this up.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15, 1998
Format: Audio CD
I've had this one spinning for a few weeks now. I got hooked by the song "feels blind," which appears on a Kill Rock Stars compilation (also excellent and highly recommended). I can't give this a 10 because not every song is great, although that kind of heightens the whole experience...I feel like I'm listening to a live show. The Fugazi influence is strong, but Kathleen's voice really gives it a different (good!) flavor. Feels Blind is still my favorite, although the last track is nice, and good to end the CD with. If you're like me, you saw Bikini Kill live in '91 and were not impressed. Pay no attention to these first impressions. There's something beyond cool about this band...I won't articulate it because I imagine it's vastly different for every listener. I'm getting ready to save up and buy all the following albums...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Avid Listener on February 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Carnival is one of my favorite Bikini Kill songs and it's simply amazing. A punk rock classic. And so is this band and The CD Version of the First Two Records. Unfortunately, very few have even heard about it nowadays and some who have don't wanna listen to bikini Kill because of all the (false) accusations the band got back in their heyday. Double Dare Ya is an anthem, lyrically and musically. Jigsaw Youth is catchy and raw. White Boy and Suck My Left One brilliant songs with a message. However, one thing on this album bugs me. It's the line in the lyrics of the otherwise great track, Liar, about eating meat. Now, I can understand vegetarians but this is way, way out of line. Still, in the bigger picture, it's a just a blunder, and hopefully not meant in all seriousness. It was after I discovered this album back as a kid and it just blew me away that my musical horizons broadened drastically (before Bikini Kill, I used to concentrate mostly on mainstream). So for me, it has a sentimental value of a sort but, really, it is a great offering from one of the bands that kept punk from dying throughout the 90s.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 1999
Format: Audio CD
this is definitely bikini kill's best album...not only because of its powerful feminist message, but because the combination of skillfull instrumentals and kathleen's awesome lyrics and voice. my favorite songs are carnival, suck my left one, and outta me. the last track is really nice and a satisfying conclusion to one kick*** album!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I purchased this CD in 1995 and still listen to it like it's brand new. The lyrics are encouraging and inspirational to women.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "riotgrrrrl@mxgmail.com" on July 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD
this is most definitely their best ever. it's like fireworks and it's all there, that raw energy and that true political statement....everything. plus really angry girls.......this is punk rok at it's best.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Irene A. on February 17, 2011
Format: Audio CD
The queens of all things good, beautiful, and true. Get off your trendy punk tushes and start a movement, something with substance. This is nasty delicious.
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11 of 17 people found the following review helpful By matt bobby on April 11, 2001
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this is great. the first song i heard by them was the amazing "suck my left one",their best song in my opinion.i went out and got the "singles" compilation and that was great.then i ordered this from c.d. now(ha!) and just got it today.i love it.its weird to listen to.so much passion and intensity,and my god its raw!i love that.they sound (musically) like "damaged" era black flag and nothing else.they pretty much invented this sound, or whatever you want to call it.all the songs are good,and the lyrics are amazing.as a guy however,it would be very ignorant of me to say that i could get this in the same way as a girl would.i suppose its the same thing as girls not being able to feel guy bands the same way we can.but,in a world and culture which is controled alomst exclusivly by men,where you almost never see or hear a womans perspective,this is a true force.again, as a guy,i find this to be at times,quite scary.its not view i have really ever been faced with before in my life,and just because of that fact,i can understand to some digree why they are so angry.ive got henry rollins and kurt cobain to express my pain,who do they girls have?britney spears?it makes you think.how do you control a group of people?keep them cut off from differing view points.ill tell you this,if girls were raised on this instead of what they have been,this world would be a very differant(and i bet you)a very better place.oh,and aside from all that, the songs rock!!
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