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Home Alive: Art of Self Defense

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It's not all that uncommon for the artists, writers, and musicians of a community to band together for a worthy local cause. But when the community is the fabled '90s rock mecca of Seattle, a local benefit is bound to assume national interest. Such is the case with Home Alive: The Art of Self Defense, a double-CD of music and spoken word poetry whose proceeds go to Home Alive, a Seattle-area non-profit organization dedicated to providing self-defense training and resources to combat violence. Home Alive's primary inspiration is Mia Zapata, singer of the Seattle band the Gits who was raped and murdered in 1993. Memories of Zapata run throughout Home Alive: Her music (with the Gits and solo), her former bandmates (as Evil Stig and Dancing French Liberals of '48), and her tragedy (violence and abuse). Brutal words from Lydia Lunch ("Why We Murder"), Natalie Jacobson ("Got What Was Coming"), and Bobby Miller ("Keep You Mouth Off My Sisters") make it clear Home Alive's response is not one of antiviolence but rather counterviolence--and that often requires fighting back forcefully.

With a few honorable exceptions (Jello Biafra, Jim Carroll, Joan Jett), Home Alive draws its talent pool entirely from the Seattle music scene, including the big guys (Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Heart), the mid-sized (7 Year Bitch, Presidents of the U.S.A., Fastbacks, Supersuckers), and the little ones (Los Hornets, North American Bison, Catfood, Christdriver). The range of emotions and responses presented sends a tremendous message of solidarity to victims everywhere. And given all the grunge hype thrown Seattle's way, it's both disarming and touching to find that true substance and community actually exist there. --Roni Sarig

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Rob Now Pay Later - Jello Biafra
  2. W.C. - Shark Chum
  3. Time & Matter - Fastbacks
  4. Guilt Within' Your Head - The Gits
  5. Party Dream - Green Apple Quick Step
  6. Nightclubbing - Jim Carroll
  7. Time Is Dead - Monster Truck Driver
  8. Radio Friendly Unit Shifter (Live) - Nirvana
  9. I'm Sorry - Cristien Storm
  10. She's My Bitch - Supersuckers
  11. Frat Pig - Tribe 8
  12. Keep Your Mouth Off My Sister - Bobby Miller
  13. Leaving Here - Pearl Jam
  14. Mad Dash - 7 Year Bitch
  15. A Little Restraint - The Body Has A Head
  16. Why We Murder - Lydia Lunch
  17. Dig It! - Los Hornets
  18. Digging & Striking - Gretta Harley
  19. Limitless Expressions - The Posies
  20. Mary's Poem - Martha Linehan
  21. It's Just A Little Bit Of Everything (That... - Jesse Bernstein
  22. Broken Dreams - North American Bison
  23. Sensitive Guys Don't Go Home Alone - Michael Nichols

Disc: 2

  1. Confusion - The Presidents Of The United States Of America
  2. Momma Why - Ann & Nancy Wilson
  3. They Do Everything For Us - Exene Cervenka
  4. My Man - The Viva Project
  5. Social Love - Mia Zapata
  6. Got What Was Coming - Natalie Jacobson
  7. Bruises - Catfood
  8. Go Home (Seattle Version) - Joan Jett w/The Blackhearts, K. Hanna & Evil Stig
  9. 4th Of July - Andrew Horwitz
  10. Joyride - Kristen Barry
  11. Kyle Petty (Son Of Richard) - Soundgarden
  12. Theory Of Mutation - Wendy-O Matik
  13. Spit In Your Eye - Dancing French Liberals Of '48
  14. So Long - Maria Mabra
  15. Untitled - Kristen Kosmas
  16. Color Blind - Love Battery
  17. Overtaken - Alcohol Funnycar
  18. Scared Of Your Shadow - Tamara Paris
  19. Say So Long - Portrait Of Poverty
  20. Another Beer Soaked Night At The Comet Tavern - Alison L. Murchie
  21. Solidarity - !TCHKUNG!
  22. Clean Eyes - Christdriver

Product details

  • Audio CD (February 20, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002BFO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,030 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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