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Julie Ruin


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 11, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kill Rock Stars
  • ASIN: B00000DG24
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,826 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Radical Or Pro-Parental
2. V.G.I.
3. A Place Called Won't Be There
4. Tania
5. Aerobicide
6. Apt. #5
7. My Morning Is Summer
8. I Wanna Know What Love Is
9. The Punk Singer
10. On Language
11. Crochet
12. Interlude
13. Stay Monkey
14. Breakout A-Town
15. Love Letter

Editorial Reviews

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Julie Ruin, the alias of Bikini Kill vocalist Kathleen Hanna, is a solo artist who makes up tunes on a broken sampler and a $40 drum machine. In the hands of lesser talents, this would be a project best left on a homemade cassette. But Julie Ruin's self-titled debut deftly regenerates the angry themes of Bikini Kill harangues into thoughtful songs whose primitive stylings effectively showcase an emerging feminist polemic. "I Wanna Know What Love Is" is as devastating an anti-cop rap as "Fuck tha Police," and "Crochet" takes out the fawning media that turned Hanna into a spokesmodel for the riot-grrrl movement. It isn't the direction one might think she would have taken, but Hanna's metamorphosis into Julie Ruin is fascinating. It's like watching someone think out loud in stereo. --Lois Maffeo

Customer Reviews

Fresh, original, edgy, and altogether AMAZING!
Jeffrey Jones
She even dares to touch on the Jon Benet Ramsey tragedy...her words cause me to choke back the tears each time I listen to it.
Molly
I'd recommend this to any Kathleen Hanna fan, riot grrrl, or open-minded person.
Andrew

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Robin Orlowski on March 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
A long time fan of Bikini Kill, I knew I had to buy this CD when I heard Kathleen was taking her feminist punk genius solo.
If only this could be played on the airwaves instead of the sickening stream of Brittney, Jennifer and Christina, the world would be a much better place. Imagine a CD where urban women take on the world without shame.
First off, in addition to the usual concern about women's issues, eating disorders and stuff, there is a healthy criticism of police brutality against people because of their skin color. Because progressive political music should (like the non-music actions) be able to make connections between different kinds of oppressions, I was really impressed by the additional themes.
Secondly, being no big fan of hip-hop I was not sure what to judge the album by when advance reviews mentioned electronics influence, but I completely discarded my stereotypes and fell in love with the album's unmistakably original sound and concept. This is a new sound for Hanna, and I really think it continues her reputation as a true (as opposed to studio groomed) reccording artist.
I know my only regret at this point is the fact there is no sequel for me to go out and buy.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 1998
Format: Audio CD
kathleen hannah has once again amazed me with her talents. this album comes highly reccommended not only to fans of her past work in bikini kill, but also to those into lo-fi, rap, hip hop, and other underground/indie genres. 'i wanna know what love is' is my favorite song on this album, but each track has it's own personality. the opening lines of the second verse reminds me of what suburban white girl feminist gangsta rap would be like if there were such a thing. this is powerful music for people who aren't afraid of things that aren't always pretty. this album is a true work of art from an inspiring artist. 'stay monkey' is another standout track. if you're into what's happening in the future of feminism, lo-fi, and electronic music, be sure to check this cd out.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Molly on May 1, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Kathleen proves that she can rock all by herself with a few basic intruments and her ingenious thought provoking lyrics.
I must admit when I first listened to this CD I was a little disappointed, I was expecting Bikini Kill part 2. After a couple of listens I came to realize that this is a multi-faceted artist with a lot to say, and she's able to express herself in different forms. Just check out Le Tigre's debut CD for proof of that!
The song that stands out and never fails to give me the chills is "I Wanna Know What Love Is," it talks about the absence of real police protection and how they are the offenders, no different from the rest of the criminals. She even dares to touch on the Jon Benet Ramsey tragedy...her words cause me to choke back the tears each time I listen to it. A lot of Ms. Hanna's songs have this affect on me!
Kathleen displays her depth as a musician so well on this solo debut, I hope she does another solo project...even though I do love Le Tigre.
Buy this & be blown away!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jody M. Keene on August 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I hadn't ever listened to Bikini Kill before I bought this album, but I had read a lot about them and decided I'd give them a try. Then Julie Ruin came out, and I thought, what the heck, let's give Kathleen's solo effort a try first. I was definitely NOT expecting her baby-girl voice--I had something PJ Harvey-esque in mind--and I was turned way off by the pedantic song-writing (especially on "I Wanna Know What Love Is"). But I gave it a few more listens, and I've decided I really like this disc. "Aerobicide" is my favorite song to listen to on the way to work in the mornings, and I love "V.G.I." ("I wear a scrunchie" could be my favorite line on the whole disc). "Stay Monkey" really showcases Kathleen's vocal talent, which sometimes gets lost on other songs, and I like the quirkiness of "Crochet" and "On Language." What can I say? It grew on me.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on August 8, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The instrumental workings are very impressive and highly pleasing. The lyrics are of course meaningful and amazing, interesting whether you agree with her or not. The CD does not disappoint with a minimal number of songs or a half-assed effort relying on previous Bikini Kill fame. I'd recommend this to any Kathleen Hanna fan, riot grrrl, or open-minded person.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Kathleen Hanna's new solo project features Kathleen, an fx box, a casio keyboard, and a drum machine. This is really bedroom punk. Kathleen snarls, chants, spits, and sings over cheeseball riffs that may flash you right back to when your brother got a casio for christmas and played bossa nova rhythms all damn day. It must be a release to her to break from the bikini kill label, but the themes are the same: feminist punk rock rules! My favorite song is "I wanna know what love is" which rips the chorus out of your prom song and sticks it between lyrics like "green river killer my f**ken ass/ the cops have gotta be deaf dumb and spastic/ to not catch the killer(s) of a hundred women/ perhaps it'd be different if they thought we were human". I think someone's gonna have to coin yet another punk subgenre just to describe this. Listen to this twice through and you won't be able to stop.
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