In Strange Powers
, Kerthy Fix and Gail O'Hara profiled Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields. For Who Took the Bomp?
, Fix turns to a different sound and aesthetic. Instead of a man in love with the past, Le Tigre features three women--Kathleen Hanna, Johanna Fateman, and J.D. Samson--who draw on modern influences, from post-punk to third-wave feminism. As a structuring device, Fix builds her sketchbook-style portrait around the tour for their major-label debut, 2004's This Island
. Sadly, they would put the band to bed the following year. In between performances, radio interviews, and backstage footage, they talk about the transition from Hanna's riot grrrl outfit Bikini Kill to Le Tigre, which combines live instruments with drum machines and samplers. As much as they love performing, the New York trio grows frustrated with the media interest in Hanna's friendship with Kurt Cobain (she once spray-painted "Kurt smells like Teen Spirit" on his wall, thus inspiring a certain generational anthem). Samson, a self-described "butch lesbian," also discusses her image, which causes confusion when a female fan mistakes her for a gay man. If the live material can be pretty raw, Fix provides subtitles for all of the songs and most of the dialogue (Le Tigre's lighting director shot the bulk of it). Extra features include outtakes, bonus tracks, a chat with a puppet, a 30-minute commentary track, and a testimonial from Matt Wolf, director of the fine Arthur Russell documentary Wild Combination
. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Who Took The Bomp? Le Tigre On Tour follows Iconic Feminist Electronic Band Le Tigre On Their 2004-2005 International Tour Across Four Continents And Through Ten Countries. Supported By A Community Of Devoted Fans And Led By Outspoken Riot Grrrl Pioneer Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill), Le Tigre Confronts Sexism And Homophobia In The Music Industry While Tearing Up The Stage Via Performance Art Poetics, No-Holds-Barred Lyrics, Punk Rock Ethos, And Whip-Smart Wit In This Edgy And Entertaining Documentary. Directed By Kerthy Fix (Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt And The Magnetic Fields) Who Took The Bomp? Le Tigre On Tour features Never Before Seen Live Performances, Archival Interviews And Revealing Backstage Footage With These Trail-Blazing Artists