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Who Took the Bomp? Le Tigre on Tour (2011)

Le Tigre , Kerthy Fix  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Le Tigre
  • Directors: Kerthy Fix
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Oscilloscope Laboratories
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2011
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,217 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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

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

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Electric Portrait of Riot Grrrls Gone Wild June 9, 2011
"Who Took the Bomp? Le Tigre on Tour" is a vibrant and detailed concert film, one that captures the now disbanded group's 2004 farewell world tour. The electronic/punk girl band have been viewed as feminist icons, ones that gathered a loyal community of fans from the female and queer communities in particular. Director Kerthy Fix does an amazing job of showing the three women as hilarious and down to earth people, who enjoy playing pranks on Slipknot and deal with such mundane concerns as packing their bags and bitching about exercise. However, they are also showcased as artists, ones who dealt heavily with gender identity, as well as sexism and homophobia in politics and the mainstream music industry.

But the main star of "Who Took the Bomp" is Le Tigre's music. One feels as if they were actually at the live performances- with the music sending chills down your spine and beats into your head. The shows are messy and fun, with the musicians doing goofy dances while video art is projected behind them; Le Tigre's use of multimedia keeps the concerts from getting boring. The film's style and shots are often rough and unsophisticated, but it truly captures the energy and enthusiasm of the group and its dedicated fans.

This film is an electric yet intimate look at Le Tigre, and would be perfect for any fans, as well as admirers of the Riot Grrrl era in general.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still bompin' after all these years June 9, 2011
After signing to a major label, Le Tigre embarks on a year long tour and has it all documented. "Who took the bomp?" very much captures the feel of Le Tigre. The bad 80's style dancing they do on stage, the high-energy shows, their feminist beliefs, and the little idiosyncrasies that make them a band, it's all here. "Who took the bomp?" is genuine and doesn't require the viewer to be a fan of Le Tigre to enjoy it. At times, the filming can seem a little amateur, but nonetheless it held my interest till the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Story Told For All January 5, 2013
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Ok, it might sound a bit silly that this DVD is 'world changing' but it is. This type of music in general has been receiving a bit more exposure over the last few years but it needs more exposure. Buy this DVD for all of your friends! Play it at your bar, club, party. This may just be a DVD of a band on tour, but the songs are powerful. It is also powerful for young women to see other women making music (writing their own songs) and being productive in a male dominated field.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tour life: Le Tigre style August 25, 2014
"Who Took the Bomp?" is an upbeat, dance filled DVD that will make you smile and feel glad that you were present at their shows and hey - you may even see yourself in the crowd. If you weren't lucky enough to catch a Le Tigre show, this is as close as you'll get so put on your dancing shoes and grab a water bottle while you pretend they are performing live in your bedroom/living room/office. "Who Took the Bomp?" shows you the colorful, smart, cheery, funny side of Le Tigre that we all know and love and has a ton of enjoyable extras in the bonus DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a Bomp! April 21, 2014
By Sdawgs
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Love watching these movies that tell a story about music! It was very entertaining and candid! Kathleen Hanna and the group are definitely not camera shy!!!
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