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
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.