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  • Audio CD (June 23, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kill Rock Stars
  • ASIN: B0000064AF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,966 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. New Radio
2. Rebel Girl
3. Demirep
4. In Accordance To Natural Law
5. Strawberry Julius
6. Anti-Pleasure Dissertation
7. Rah! Rah! Replica
8. I Like Fucking
9. I Hate Danger

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Nine songs in 18 minutes--one bunch of three entrusted to Joan Jett in 1993 and keyed to the unforgettable anthem ''Rebel Girl,'' the rest vented by the band in 1995 and keyed to the unforgettable title ''I Like F******.'' It's striking and impressive the way they ratcheted their popcraft down. With this band, incoherence was always a way of knowledge, imbuing their spew of ideas and feelings with a conviction that made one's confusion about whether they actually liked f****** or not irrelevant. After all, it was probably a little of both--given their intensity level, a lot of both. --Robert Christgau

The Singles is not a Bikini Kill career overview, but rather a compilation of three 45-rpm-only releases recorded for Kill Rock Stars in between 1994's Pussy Whipped and 1996's Reject All American. All told, this material is some of the band's most accessible, highlighted by the three songs from the Joan Jett-produced ''New Radio'' single; one is yet another re-recording of ''Rebel Girl,'' which is justified by a driving, kinetic energy that makes the version on Pussy Whipped sound tame and plodding by comparison. There's no noisy, murky meandering at all, and the brighter production and melodic hooks pack a wallop -- so even if Pussy Whipped remains Bikini Kill's most crucial statement, The Singles might actually be a better place to get acquainted with them. --All Music Guide

Product Description

All 9 songs from BK's 3 7" singles: New Radio (212), The Anti-Pleasure Dissertation (250) & I Like Fucking (253). Written & recorded in succession between Pussywhipped & Reject All American, you could call this their 2nd album.

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I'm really only writing this review for the sake of pointing out how ...SPIN magazine is - often criticized by the band for it's superficial reporting of the punk underground, we find that the dumb ...can't even review a CD properly...right on the main Amazon.com listing for this album, SPIN describes the CD:
"The Singles boils down the band's brief career into a package as compact and abrasive as a scouring pad."
No, THE SINGLES is not a career retrospective. Bikini Kill was not a major-label band that put out albums and then promoted them with radio-ready single releases plucked from it's core. Their 7" 'singles' were completely original, previously unreleased work crammed onto 45 rpm vinyl. For a long time, these nine songs were only available to those with turntables, but after the band broke up Kill Rock Stars put that material out as _The Singles_ on CD and cassette. But it's obvious SPIN did little more than look at the albums cover before writing up that short, misinformed and completely useless review (the songs here are never described, the writer merely throws out adjectives commonly used to describe the band's sound and other cute wordplay).
Anyway, this is a really good collection of some of the bands best work, but only the song REBEL GIRL is also available on their albums, which are well worth owning.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Megzi on August 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Bikini Kill were a phenomenal band, too bad they aren't around anymore. Kathleen Hanna screams about what it's like to be a woman; the pain, anger, and frusteration. She is bold, blunt, and doesn't hold anything back. 'I Like F*cking' is possibly one of the best feminist songs ever written. All the other songs are excellent and I can't pick standouts because they're ALL standouts. Especially recommended to teenage girls.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Fiore on June 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is probably the B-K CD I listen to most (if "Feels Blind" and especially "Outta Me" were on it, i might hardly ever listen to anything else--by anyone...). From the beginning (the Joan Jett produced troika "New Radio", "Rebel Girl"--the best verson--, and "Demi Rep", my personal favourite, to the end, it's an astonishing experience, you really get the feeling that this band is composed of ferociously tender people, with alot on their minds, and enough of a sense of humour to avoid becoming annoying about it. No one who was alive in the nineties should go another minute into the twenty-first century without hearing this...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "the_riot_dyke" on March 4, 2002
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The Singles is my favorite Bikini Kill record because it represents perfectly feminist issues, personal struggle--and Joan Jett and Kathleen Hanna playing "Miss Mary Mack" doesn't hurt either. The Singles is what teenage girls would write if teenagers wrote really, really great things. Juvenile sex exploits and childhood abuse are written with a maturity that seems almost contradictory to the shocking accuracy with which these abuses are portrayed. The songs are written in blood with an emotional cord that plugs right into yr gut. It's experiences that all girls have gone through, only written so that everyone can understand.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JLLinNY on March 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I heard about this through a movie and bought the first one of their CDs I found. The first time I listened to it I thought "what a waste of $" and put it away. About 2 wks ago I put it back in the CD player and it's been there ever since. I LOVE it. Incredibly un-intimidated, un-inhibited... I have recomended it to at least 7 people so far
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Yes, it's not the raw BK you heard on Pussywhipped, it's more like the polished rock of 'Reject All-American' - but better. Joan Jett lends her great voice, guitar-work and production to a few tracks. Yet another version of 'Rebel Girl' is here as well, but this might be the best of them all. If you were unfortunate enough to have missed the 7" where these songs debuted, this is an essential catch-up.
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