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Le Tigre


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  • Audio CD (November 30, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mr. Lady Records
  • ASIN: B00001ZSUF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,933 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Deceptacon
2. Hot Topic
3. What's Yr Take On Cassavettes
4. The The Empty
5. Phanta
6. Eau D'bedroom Dancing
7. Let's Run
8. My My Metrocard
9. Friendship Station
10. Sideshow At Free University
11. Dude. Yr So Crazy
12. Les And Ray

Customer Reviews

In fact, there are at least 5 really, really good songs on this album.
"igsterseven"
It gets me going, it makes me crazy, it makes me dance and sing and flail my arms about.
Emily Burnham
Compared to Kathleen Hanna's work on Julie Ruin, this album is amazing.
CinemActivist

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I've never written a fan letter before, but since listening to this album, I'm very tempted to write the three talented women of Le Tigre and thank them for reclaiming music as a medium that can inform, challenge, entertain, and inspire.
Not only are the songs themselves danceable and full of great melodies, but the lyrics are worth a close listen. The names invoked on "Hot Topic" (not unlike the [in]famous Billy Joel "We Didn't Start the Fire") are worthy of investigation-- from Sleater-Kinney to David Wojnarowicz. And the simple poetry of "Les and Ray" (the final song on the album) is truly touching.
As always, Kathleen Hanna is a major force behind the group's sound and energy, but the other two members are not to be ignored for their contributions. Sadie Benning was recently profiled in Time magazine of all places, and Johanna Fateman is the group's connection to the New York art scene. All three combine to produce an album that's thought-provoking-- but actually a real joy to listen to. One of my favorite albums of all time (and I'm actually a classical musician!).
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By dotsetloops on November 18, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This stuff is a lot poppier than BK, but that doesn't make it any less good. This album is a culmination of Hanna's BK and Julie Ruin work. In addition to being poppier, she's also a lot less crankier, with the exception of "Metrocard", where they rail at Giuliani for turning Times Square into Disney World.
Although I like BK and JR, I found this to be an easier listen. Easily one of the best albums I've heard all year (along with Bis' "Social Dancing"). I highly recommend this.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Eric on June 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Social protest? Dance fun? Social protest? Dance fun? What's your take on Le Tigre? Luckily, its both and so much more. Who would have thought "revolution girl style now" could have been so infectious or catchy? Le Tigre consists of ex-Bikini Kill Kathleen Hanna, a zine writer, and an indie filmmaker. Perhaps this motely collection of bursting creativty and energy lends itself to such a wildly fun record. At first listen, Le Tigre is instantly catchy, an explosive spontaneous dance album. There's no monotomous pattern here, Le Tigre tries a little of different musical styles never comitting themselves to one, making their debut album all the more exciting and hilarious. Riot grrls everywhere should've found out the simple yet devastatingly effective use of bouncy cheerful sing-a-longs. Le Tigre take it to the extreme, but come out unscarred and credibility in tact due to the intelligent, witty lyrics. But we've come to expect nothing less from Kathleen Hanna at the helm. "Deceptacon" is a fast-paced, hand-clapping, hard-hitting opener to the album. When Hanna cries "I'm so bored that I'd be entertained even by a stupid f***in' linoleum floor...Your lyrics are dumb like a linoleum floor. I'll walk on it! I'll walk over you!" you can't help but laugh. "Hot Topic" is a delightfully catchy tribute to certain feminists, encouraging them in their beliefs and activism with everyone from Aretha Franklin to Sleater-Kinney to Yoko Ono to Gayatri Spivak included. If "Hot Topic" doesn't get you singing along and dancing then you probably are a linoleum floor.Read more ›
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Molly on December 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is the best album I've bought in a long time, I have been listening to this CD non-stop for about a month. Each song is recorded in the lo-fi sort of synth-pop style but the range in lyrics and style is phenomenal. These are definitely some talented ladies!
I've been a big fan of Ms. Hanna for some time now and this album displays her depth and range very nicely. The Le Tigre album has some of the grrl angst as in the Bikini Kill days, but the lyrics and sound go beyond that, it explores topics from their influenences (as in the song "Hot Topic") to the films of Cassavetes ("Whats yr take on Cassavetes") to comment on Giuliani shutting down strip bars in "My Metrocard."
What I really love about these songs is that each is very singalong and catchy but then the lyrics start to sink in and your like "whoah..."
The opening track, Deceptacon, is a power-pop sing along and will probably stick in you head for awhile although the last track on the album called "Les and Ray" is the best. Its so sweet and heart-felt, my eyes tear up and I get a knot in my throat each time I listen to it, in a good way, of course!
Hmmm....I think I need to push play on my discman again...
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By William on April 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Stylistically, this album has a lot of similarities to Julie Ruin, but it's an improvement in every way. It apparently did her a lot of good to collaborate with other people for Le Tigre. People -- well, men anyway -- often complain about feminists having no sense of humor, but Kathleen Hanna is hilarious even when she's dealing with dark or complex subject matter. She knows good politics won't win anyone over if the music isn't fun to listen to. Yes, "Hot Topic" lists many names of feminist and transgressive artists, but it pivots around a drumbeat, a bass line and the encouraging words "don't stop." You can be inspired by it even if you don't know who Marlon Riggs or Dorothy Allison are. Back in riot grrl days, Hanna demanded "revolution girl style now!" but here she's acknowledging that the revolution is her life's work and the life's work of a lot of other people. And she sounds like she's thrilled about it. You can't help but feel thrilled for her.
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