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Riot Grrrl Cover Bands

Posted in Photos on August 3, 2010 by theadventureclub

This awesome collective puts on RG cover band shows and also has a zine distro!!!

Photo by Orlando Perez

Where is your next show? In Honolulu.

Posted in Photos, Stories on June 17, 2010 by theadventureclub

I first heard Bikini Kill back in 1994 when I was in the 8th grade in
Hawaii. Back then, I was just starting to get into punk rock, mostly
punk bands from the 70’s and early 80’s. I had a cousin who was into
the punk scene and she made me a mix tape that had a couple of Bikini
Kill songs on it. “Blood One” and “Double Dare Ya/Lair” were on the
tape and they were the very first Bikini Kill songs I ever heard.
There are no words that could describe and give justice to what Bikini
Kill did for me as an angry and confused adolescent girl growing up.
Their music gave me a sense of empowerment and made me question the
close minded environment which I was exposed to as a child.

I was fortunate enough to see Bikini Kill play live twice in 1996 when
they played two nights in Honolulu, each at different venues. These
were the first punk shows I ever went to. If memory serves correct,
the first night was at a place called The Groove. I remember The
Groove as being sort of an abandoned warehouse in an industrial part
of town. The main thing I remember about this show was that Bikini
Kill was the opening band for NOFX. Strange band to be playing a show
with and the crowd seemed to be all NOFX fans (which was a band I
wasn’t really crazy for). The mosh pit was filled with drunken army
guys and I remember a small fight broke out. I remember Fat Mike, the
singer for NOFX, and Kathleen had a few unfriendly words. At one
point during NOFX’s set, Fat Mike sarcastically dedicated a song to
her. I don’t recall the name of the song, however.

The second night I remember much more vividly. The show was at a
place called The Fast Zone and Bikini Kill was the featured band.
This venue was much smaller than the previous one and the atmosphere
was much more intimate. When Bikini Kill took the stage, Kathleen
advised all the boys in the front row to move back so the girls could
get up to the front of the stage and get a better view. My friends
and I got to the front and rock out hard! I smiled at Kathleen and
she smiled back. To a 15/16 year old girl, having one of your idols
acknowledging you like that means the world! I’ll never forget that
moment. And I’ll never forget what Bikini Kill did and how much they
meant for me in my life!

I surprisingly came across these pictures that were taken at both shows:

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BK Grafitti

Posted in Photos on June 16, 2010 by theadventureclub

Seattle 1991

Posted in Photos on June 11, 2010 by theadventureclub

DJ Lil’ Good Times

Posted in Photos, Stories on April 19, 2010 by theadventureclub

bk dresch
The Bikini Kill/Team Dresch show was in a warehouse in West Columbus-very industrial and dirty. It was full of massive plastic hot tubs that we were jumping around in before the show. The warehouse was so gigantic that people were not packed in, which was a nice change because it would sometimes get hard to breathe at shows.
Team Dresch opened and were amazing in every way. This show was way more queer friendly than 2 years earlier so you could already see changes happening in terms of the audience and the punk scene in general.
My best friend and I talked to Kathleen before the show-she had just started DJing and told us her DJ name was “DJ Lil’ Good Times”-awesome !
We gave her a T-shirt that said “Proof Enough” on it in silver glitter and she wore it onstage.
The music was amazing and Kathleen invited the lead singer of the local opening band, Miss May 66, onstage to sing Rebel Girl with her. I will never forget her singing “Sugar” and just ripping into it-still one of my favorite songs-sums up everything about that time. The biggest thing that impressed me about Bikini Kill
and Kathleen Hanna herself was their generosity-they were so generous and compassionate to all their fans and friends.
I can remember so many people unloading on her about really intense stuff going on in their lives and she never blinked-she always listened.
-Meg

paralell crusades

Posted in Photos, Stories on April 19, 2010 by theadventureclub

poster
From 1992-1995 I did a woman’s music show (the ho show) at KTSB/KVRX
studen radio station in austin texas. I felt like we were leading
parallel crusades, you recording your music and me making sure that
everyone that I could reach knew about what female rock stars were
doing at that time and the overall feminist movement among young women
that was clearly going on. i got to interview so many bands during
that time, and was always so sad that I never interviewed you.

A few random thoughts from one of your still devoted fans, now 37,
with two young kids and living in brooklyn:
I could not get enough music that was coming mainly from the northwest
area, especially from bikini kill. I was and still am inspired by the
music. I used to mail order records from kill rock stars, among other
labels, still have all of my 7 inches from bk.

I vividly remember on of your shows in austin – must have been summer
of 1993 or even earlier – the dates are hazy – but the images of you
guys are clear. Kathleen with the tape recorder – I think a purplish
dress and combat boots – totally inspired me to want to make a change
and a difference. I know I took pictures at that show – of Kathleen
with the tape recorder up to the mike – those I will find and scan in
and send.
anyway the split album you guys did with huggy bear is still one of my
favorite albums.
i am a bit of a packrat, so I will see if I can find any flyers from
your austin shows or any press that I might have saved.

Kathleen – I am glad you are remembering the good stuff about being in
bk, because the music and words you wrote were so powerful, the images
of you guys – all so inspiring to so many, that I am glad to see that
you are remembering more than the negative and tedious aspects of
being in a band.

-april fresh

“How Bikini Kill changed my life”

Posted in Photos, Stories on March 27, 2010 by theadventureclub

tats
Honestly, this should actually be titled, “How Kathleen Hanna Changed My Life,” but it began with Bikini Kill. Actually, it began with my aunt. She was twelve years older than me and ten years younger than my mom, which made our relationship more sisterly than aunt/niece. When I was in the eighth grade my two best friends and I walked out of our Pre-International Baccalaureate (i.e. supposedly high-quality) science class in protest when our teacher, like every other day that year, began handing out worksheets. When my aunt picked me up from school that day, she was blasting “Rebel Girl” and screaming, “This is for you!” From then on I was hooked, and since then I actively seek out other Bikini Kill fans. In high school I was lucky enough to find others, and with them and my aunt I spent many nights at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC listening to Le Tigre, The Butchies, Tami Hart, other Mr. Lady bands, and Sleater-Kinney. Kathleen Hanna inspired me to be fearless, to find my voice and fight for what I believe in.

Currently I am working towards a Master of Arts degree in Comprehensive English Education. Unfortunately my aforementioned aunt took her own life in June of 2009. I celebrate her life daily and hope she is proud of my accomplishments. Attached is a photo my best friend Paige took of our memorial tattoos for my aunt. Mine, on the left, reads: “Rebel grrrl, you are the queen of my world” (of Rebel Girl). Paige’s, on the right, reads: “We can’t hear a word they say / Let’s pretend we own the world today” (of For Tammy Rae).

That is the abridged version of how Bikini Kill and Kathleen Hanna changed my life.

-Britt Garrett

Posted in Photos, Stories on March 20, 2010 by theadventureclub

I got into Bikini Kill far past its day. I was a high school student taking a guitar class in 2004. I was the only girl in a class full of metal heads.

My teacher passed a cd off to me, and I completely fell in love. It shaped the way I thought about myself and how I met my goals. The never say Die attitude taught me everything.

But I have to say the greatest thing Bikini Kill ever brought me was my best Friend Alec Smith. In 2007 I was living in LA, going to school for fashion Design. I was a bit of a misfit.

I was the friendless wonder until I noticed the boy who sat in the front of one of my draping classes. He has “Rah Rah Replica” tattooed on his arm, with the mirror image on the other. A few weeks later, I worked up the balls to say hello. He has been one of my closet friends ever since.

Skinned Teen

Posted in Photos, Stories on March 19, 2010 by theadventureclub

sticker
Before I saw Bikini Kill I mostly discovered music via the Melody Maker, a weekly music paper that no longer exists, and via the pages of Sassy magazine, which also no longer exists, that my American grandparents had gotten me a subscription to. I listened to bands like the Breeders, Nirvana, Sonic Youth, the Jesus and Mary Chain, went to as many shows as my mum would let me (I was 12-13 years old at this point) I felt like punk had happened, passed me by, and that although I loved the bands I was into, it wasn’t the same as “the olden days”. I always felt like I was missing out somehow. At any rate I read about BK and riot grrrl in Sassy, and immediately wanted to get involved but couldn’t figure out how as it all seemed to be happening in the USA, and I was stuck in London. I sent off for Girls Germs zine, which led to Jigsaw, and the BK zines, and Germ of Youth too-all of which I combed through for info and bands to investigate and other girls to write. THEN there was a piece on Huggy Bear in the Melody Maker, and suddenly, finally there was something happening in my town! London! Me and my friends started to go and see them play whenever we could, and they also made zines and tapes that they would give out/sell at gigs, which got us into other music and ideas , things to read, movies to watch, records to check out… Plus we all became pen pals with them (Huggy Bear) and they would make us tapes and send us letters, and send us letters written by other girls in different parts of the country to write to. We all made our own zines, and started trading them with people. It was rad!
Finally, the inevitable most dreamy thing happened-Huggy Bear and Bikini Kill toured the UK! We all bought tickets and went to every show that we could, and I think my friend Flossy told Kathleen that we were in a band (we weren’t. we had just talked about the fact we needed to do one-I had a guitar but none of us had really played music before…) Kathleen said Blood Sausage and BK were playing a show next week, and would we play?
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September 1992

Posted in Photos, Stories on March 19, 2010 by theadventureclub

setlist
The Bikini Kill/Team Dresch show was in a warehouse in West Columbus-very industrial and dirty. It was full of massive plastic hot tubs that we were jumping around in before the show. The warehouse was so gigantic that people were not packed in, which was a nice change because it would sometimes get hard to breathe at shows.
Team Dresch opened and were amazing in every way. This show was way more queer friendly than 2 years earlier so you could already see changes happening in terms of the audience and the punk scene in general. My best friend and I talked to Kathleen before the show-she had just started DJing and told us her DJ name was “DJ Lil’ Good Times”-awesome !
We gave her a T-shirt that said “Proof Enough” on it in silver glitter and she wore it onstage.
The music was amazing and Kathleen invited the lead singer of the local opening band, Miss May 66, onstage to sing Rebel Girl with her. I will never forget her singing “Sugar” and just ripping into it-still one of my favorite songs-sums up everything about that time. The biggest thing that impressed me about Bikini Kill and Kathleen Hanna herself was their generosity-they were so generous and compassionate to all their fans and friends. I can remember so many people unloading on her about really intense stuff going on in their lives and she never blinked-she always listened.

🙂 meg

Pussywhipped

Posted in Photos, Stories on March 7, 2010 by theadventureclub

yellow shirt
I’ve heard their name thrown around, but only came across their music for the first time while I was traveling in Paris, France, in 1995. In a used record store I found and bought “Pussywhipped” – an album which, till today, remains one of my favorites.
Their music was very angry, emotional and messy compared to most of what I’d heard until that point. The lyrics really stuck a chord, and the intensity of this short album was something I could never grow tired of.
Until this day I seek music related to members of the band, and have yet to be disappointed. But it’s Pussywhipped that’ll remain one of those albums that made me pick up a guitar and dedicate my life to music.

Oren Siegel
Snaganubbin bandmate/co-host of the Jekyll and Hyde Show on 106FM Jerusalem

Dayton, Ohio, September 1992

Posted in Photos, Stories on March 7, 2010 by theadventureclub

dayton
Bikini Kill had been touring the US in a big green van with a broken tail-light when they stopped to play Newspace in Dayton, Ohio in September of 1992. I was part of a group of about twenty teenage girls who came from all over to see them play. The show was beyond packed and really hot. As soon as the band started playing, a cadre of bullies started getting violent-pushing and slamming all the young ladies standing up front against the stage. We all had huge bruises on our legs and hips the next day but no one would budge an inch. This went on for about two songs asKathleen repeatedly pleaded with them to stop, but of course it only got worse. So she said: “Any girl who wants to dance without being hurt can come up and dance with me.” Then she reached into the crowd and pulled each of us onto the stage one by one. We all danced in a circle of joy behind Tobi Vail for the rest of show. We were all so happy we were crying and laughing and hugging. Kathleen let the guys out front who were bullying us
really have it. In a way I felt sorry for them-but I was more relieved that we were no longer at their mercy.
A lot of our guy friends (who took the great photos) told us later how jealous they were of our experience. Nine years later I was in Athens, Greece at a speed metal club (it’s huge there) and a teenage girl in the club asked me if I listened to Le Tigre. I spoke no Greek and her English was not awesome but we both knew every word to “Deceptacon!”.

🙂 Meg

Revolution grrl-style still!

Posted in Photos, Stories on March 4, 2010 by theadventureclub

zine
I used to do my own zine called “Catch that Beat!” during the period from 1996 and 2002. Early CTB! was a fanzine for German band “Throw that Beat!” which made by four girls. I wanted to write more political issues but other members had no interest in it. Then I decided to do CTB! by myself.

I did an interview with my favorite band, label and people like Le Tigre, Mr. Lady, Minori Kitahara (the sex toy shop owner). I really enjoyed doing the zine and I loved talking with my zine’s readers. I felt that they wanted to share their stories of sexualities, politics with someone. They were awesome.

I got a few mean letters sometimes, “Why do you write such a feminist issues? You should write about your date with a boy!” I got an interview from guys the other day and they asked me my all-time favorite music. I answered “Beat Happening”. They seemed to be dissatisfied with my answer. I thought that they expected to hear (they imagined) typical riot grrrl ideas. They totally disgusted me and lost my drive.

Then, I listened to “White Boy”. Bikini Kill sang, “I’m so sorry if I’m alienating some of you. Your whole fucking culture alienates me”. This phrase cheered me up and encouraged to be myself.

Now I’m 33 years old. I work at the office in a tall building in the business district. I don’t wear a tight t-shirts, jeans and leather wristband at work but still know my favorite “White Boy” phrase. I have been enjoying my life with my style. Revolution grrrl style still!!!
-Yayoi

Something Radical

Posted in Photos, Stories on March 4, 2010 by theadventureclub

sydney
I think Bikini Kill was one of the founding members of my feminism. Sure, I’d been pro-choice and pro-women’s rights since I was small, but BK opened the doors to something radical for me.

The first time I heard them I was about 15 (1995). I was in the car with several other teenage folks, and I remember thinking, this is good. Then I heard the voices of women and themes I could understand and I said, “I must have this! What is it?” Shortly after, I had a supposedly monogamous relationship turn not so monogamous and I was pissed. Not that it was a profound relationship (are they at that age?), but BK definitely helped me through that tough time. I started to feel proud of who I was and demand the right to be heard. I finally wrote about my sexual assault experiences and shared them with friends.
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I skipped trying to sing and started trying to scream.

Posted in Photos, Stories on March 4, 2010 by theadventureclub

man suit
i was born in 1987, grew up in a really small, conservative and catholic village next to not even bigger town and got an older brother born in 1980. as i was fourteen years old i was hanging out in his room while his tv was on and there was ´smells like teen spirit´ by nirvana on the tv. because i thought and said that i found that pretty cool my brother gave to me a cobain biography and went to buy some records with me that he said which have been “important” in the grunge era and could be interesting for me. I also got my first converse shoes what was SO important for me. like all that i grew up in another generation. but whatever. i started reading the biography and because this whole thing was just full with men i started to search out for girls who were like me. i started watching out for them in the small town i grew up but did only find boysboysboys! plus, they thought to be the kings of the highschool and all the teenagers because they were just SO alternative and SO anti. But they weren´t even cool in my eyes. while reading the cobain biography i found out about a band called ´bikini kill´and i started to have a look about articles about them and about their records and EVERYTHING!
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Do your boyfriends write your songs?

Posted in Photos, Stories on February 28, 2010 by theadventureclub

peehelhs
Show Us Your Riffs

I grew up in a punk rock city. Most people think of Oshawa as an automotive town, but blue-collard workers breed an anti-middle class mentality. Cue the combat boots, rebellion and noise.
As an adult I wear dresses, own suit jackets and most often wear feathers in my hair despite Halifax’s high winds. Teenage me had bleach blonde spiked-hair (egg whites, no gel), wore cardigans with thumb-holes, shopped exclusively at Value Village (before it was trendy) and believed in revolution. In retrospect I looked more like a dyke back then when I was hanging out with metal-heads than as a
modern day femme.
Every weekend passed at the Dungeon, an underground all ages bar below Laser Quest. In the early days the venue was home to Kanker Face, The Mark Inside and The Void (now Cuff the Duke).

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Smart, Dirty, & Raw

Posted in Photos, Stories on February 28, 2010 by theadventureclub

mansuit2
Turn that song down
Turn that static up

I can’t remember exactly when I discovered punk rock, or exactly when I declared myself a feminist, but I do remember when the two came together delightfully: Bikini Kill.
Bikini Kill was not of my time or of my generation, but I can imagine they had the same effect on me as the many riot grrrls writing zines and starting bands in the early 90’s. By the time I discovered Bikini Kill, Le Tigre was on the verge of putting out their first album. Either way, I was utterly fascinated.
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Shelter, work, friendship and Love

Posted in Photos, Stories on February 24, 2010 by theadventureclub

kathleen
In 1993 I was 25 years old and had somehow not before found a culture that made so much real sense to me outside of books and movies and records. I was following the band around the country and videoing them on borrowed cameras and sleeping on friends and friends little sisters and riot girls’ floors and half based in London and half in Sheffield. I made friends with Sister George and Liz Naylor at Bikini Kill shows and they were the first English people I’d met who didn’t think my ideas were “weird” or “extreme”. After screening the video in New York City my heart flew there and a few months later my body followed and there (in the U.S.) I stayed for 5 years. Though “houseless” for a long time I had never before felt so “grounded”, my journal was my portable sense of place and home and the punk rock, feminist and queer communities provided me with shelter, work, friendship and Love for a few exciting years.

I remember Kathi (Wilcox) at the White Horse show in South End Green (North London) saying that Girls continuously telling her she’d changed their life was beginning to freak her out (incidentally it was at this show that i met my first ever real girlfriend). I had met Kathi at the running of the Bulls in Pamplona Spain in 1991 and I remember us sitting in a deserted carnival there in the middle of the night and her telling me of exotic things such as Riot Girl, Jigsaw and the International Pop Underground.
I first heard “WE’RE BIKINI KILL AND WE WANT REVOLUTION…GIRL STYLE NOW…” on my walkman lying on my back at Pamplona station waiting for a train that took us to Morrocco.

I’m afraid that meeting you did change my life Kathi. My life would definitely not be as it is had we not met and what I did and experienced in that time has informed my life, creativity and politics in innumerable ways since. It must be strange and scary and amazing to be so influential and I hope that you’ve all gotten used to the idea by now.. it’s all just part of big constellationary chain reactions that life is best all about..

Lots of Love Ladies here’s to the many more things our lives are and will be producing..
xoxoxo Lucy Thane 2010

I still won’t shut up.

Posted in Photos, Stories on February 24, 2010 by theadventureclub

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somebody recently said, while in a conversation about feminism that riotgrrrl was dead. now, i am an emphatic girl, and sometimes when i am excited, it might sound like i am defensive, but usually i am just being passionate. when this person said that, i actually got tears in my eyes. i simply do not agree. riotgrrrl for me was the perfect way
for me to be a feminist.

i come from poverty, abuse in every single way you can think of. i come from the streets. i come from an angry blistered world, a loud pulsating din of scuzzy raw deals. i had an insane father, who then joined the army and was more insane. he was a racist, a woman and child abuser, and a misogynist. i was a sensitive kid, a hair twirler, a voracious reader, a dreamer. i cried (and still do) when i saw dead
animals on the side of the road, when someone got hurt, when bad things happened to good people. in the world of an abusive man, i became a twisted thing, a strong thing, a dubious thing.

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don’t die

Posted in Photos, Stories on February 24, 2010 by theadventureclub

tattoo
i first read the april fool’s zine when i was 14 and loved it just because i was obsessed with bk at the time. however, just over a year ago (at age 21), as a drug addict, had become obsessed with the page that said, “baking the cake that says don’t die”. so much so that i decided to get it tattooed on me. i wrote it with a sharpie and told the artist to copy it exactly. it’s just the text for now, but i intend to have it turned into a cake at some point.
just figured i’d share how important what you’ve done has been to me.
-dani

Getting a bad reputation

Posted in Photos, Stories on February 24, 2010 by theadventureclub

kathleen and billy
I started listening to Bikini Kill as a sophomore in high school. This was definitely the most challenging year for me as far as teenage angst goes. The previous year I had been student council secretary and was the poster child for white, wholesome youth. At the end of my freshman year however, I had started to struggle with depression and began to question a lot about my community and myself. I arrived at school the next year noticeably changed.

At this point I started listening and learning about a lot of female-led music. Bikini Kill kept coming up in things that I would read and it seemed to me that they had the reputation for being the most radical female-led Riot Grrl group. As soon as I could I bought their EP. It soon became the soundtrack for the rest of my sophomore year.

As a young Mormon woman, I had rarely, if ever, seen women expressing themselves the way that Kathleen Hannah and other Riot Grrls did. It truly intrigued me.

My mom was very concerned with the image I was slowly building. One day after seeing me talking with some classmates she disapproved of, she told me that I was risking “getting a bad reputation.” I quietly smiled, remembering lyrics from my favorite Bikini Kill song:

“We’re the girls with the bad reputations, we’re the girls we’re gonna make you paaayy, We’re the girls with the bad reputations, we are gonna have our waaayy…”

As soon as I got home I went downstairs to my bedroom and started playing the song. I felt that there were other girls out there like me when I heard the lyrics. The next morning the words appeared on my bedroom wall, I had written them out to remind me to be proud of who I am, regardless of what anyone else thinks.

I certainly owe a lot to Bikini Kill and other strong female musicians that set a good example for me. To this day I continue to follow my heart and could care less about my reputation.
-Janice Formichella

Letter from Kathleen

Posted in Photos, Stories on February 24, 2010 by theadventureclub

A letter Kathleen wrote to me in response to a letter I had written her when I was 16 or 17:
letterfront
letterback

-Jennifer Weitman

Rebel Girls in the Midwest

Posted in Photos, Stories on February 24, 2010 by theadventureclub

curvy girls burlesque
Little Mama’s Burly-Q Revue, Columbia, Missouri’s queer feminist burlesque troupe, performed a number to Bikini Kill’s “Rebel Girl” which was an audience favorite for years. The theme of the number was “locker room antics” and the performers went all out to show the spectators their rebellious sides. By the end of the number, each troupe member ripped off her A-shirt to reveal a message scrawled across her midsection in Sharpie marker; messages like “Fat Femme Bitch” or “love yr-self” or “CURVY” which didn’t wash off their bellies for days. One of the main goals of the troupe was to celebrate the beauty of women’s bodies, no matter what size they are. This particular number definitely showcased the feisty feminists with all their glorious curves, and the audience ate it up.
–Sassy McNasty, founding member of Little Mama’s Burly-Q Revue

Madonna vs. Bikini Kill

Posted in Photos, Stories on February 24, 2010 by theadventureclub

waif 1992
The first time I ever heard Bikini Kill. My life was forever changed!! I loved punk rock, but the first time I heard Kathleen’s voice I knew punk rock loved me back. Every word was about me, my best friend or the girl who sat next to me in math. Bikini Kill gave me a voice, Broadened my horizons. Bikini Kill made me, me. The band I loved more than any other in High school, was the only one I never saw. Some people wish they could see Madonna in 1989, I wish I could have seen Bikini Kill in 1993!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Your band has ment a lot to me and it always will!
-Taryn Abeyta

2/14/10 Riot Grrrl Cover Show

Posted in Photos, Stories on February 22, 2010 by theadventureclub

cover band
When I was 15, my cousin Erin and I got Bikini Kill’s “Pussy Whipped” and were blown the fuck away. I remember we had the house to ourselves one night and we blasted it in the living room…jaws dropped, faces melted, palms sweaty.

I’m 30 now and last night I played in a Bikini Kill cover band with my husband, Jeff, and 2 of my best friends, Jason and Alyssa.The show was a benefit in Brooklyn and was a riot grrl/female fronted cover band show with Thee Headcoatees, The Breeders, Sleater Kinney, Stevi Nicks, The Muffs, Submission Hold, The Gits, Le Tigre. When I switched off to sing “I hate danger” I said to the crazy, awesome, sweaty crowd that it was dream come true to play the Bikini Kill set. And i really fucking meant it.

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Weirdo-Cool

Posted in Photos, Stories on February 22, 2010 by theadventureclub

kathleen ing is free
When I was in 9th grade, I hated everyone. It was 1994 and I wanted to be punk and a club kid but my parents wouldn’t let me go to all night parties. I went to all ages shows with a backpack and platform Nikes. I wanted to be cool, but not cool-cool. Weirdo-cool. I became friends with an older girl who played me Double Dare Ya and Alien She and my brain was on the wall, BUT I didn’t wanna lose my “cool” so I was like “oh it’s just okay.” She was like, “borrow these albums and listen.” And I did. And then like a week later I was like, “Dude: Bikini Kill!” and she was like “See? Told ya so.” We went back and forth on what our fave songs were and convinced some dude who was obsessed with us to drive us all over the east coast whenever they played (we lived in Long Island). When I turned 16 or 17 I went to see BK at The Bank in NYC and Kathleen wanted to get rid of her clothes cuz they were touring. She threw out this red leotard with hearts into the crowd and I caught it. I was slightly ashamed of being a sycophant but then was like whatever, fuck it, cuz it was a damn cool leotard and let’s be real: I was a fucking fan. She also threw out her fanzine called April Fools Day, which years later would be one of my motivators to get sober. I’m now in my 8th year of sobriety, still have that leotard, and the fanzine, and a BK t shirt, and everything everything everything. My favorite band of all time. So much gratitude. Oh and my super cool older friend who introduced me? She’s sober too. Bikini Kill runs through my life til this day like thread through a needle, everything I do is stitched in its color.
-Leslie Arfin

The other pieces are out there somewhere

Posted in Photos, Stories on February 22, 2010 by theadventureclub

tobi sinigng
When I started listening to Bikini Kill it was around 2003/4. I was 16/17, starting university and beginning to find music that better represented me as a queer female. It was an overwhelming time filled with so many important bands, Le tigre, sleater kinney, gossip, basically the KRS and K roster. It came at a time when I found feminism both culturally and academically and it drove my learning and still does.

White boy made me feel proud to listen to such an amazing band, and rebel girl made me wanna get up and dance and sing out. Jigsaw is the song/article that sticks with me most. It is to this day one of the most inspirational and affirming things I’ve ever heard/read. At a time when trying to figure out my own sexuality, it helped me realise it was ok to not conform to black and white or binary standards, that I could be fluid in every aspect of my life, that we are not simply stuck as the one person forever. I liked that someone else understood that being a walking contradiction is not weird or wrong. I got a tattoo of a jigsaw piece soon after and whenever I get the oh so common “where’s the rest of it?” I smile because I know the other pieces are out there somewhere, that I’m one part of a whole. Being a sociology/politics student, I loved gender studies and I loved that it was so easy to connect it all into my own life with the lessons I learned from riot grrrl. It helped bridge the gap between academic and real life. I wrote my dissertation on the effects of riot grrrl on third wave feminism and I loved every second of it. Its by far my proudest and most passionate piece of work. BK incite emotions. Sometimes not the ones you think.

I love BK for what they gave the world and more specifically me. Riot grrrl is everything, even in 2010 to a 23 year old student from Glasgow, Scotland who never did see BK, bratmobile, heavens to betsy or team dresch play live. I don’t know who’d I’d be today without that music, that writing and feeling. The herstory of riot grrrl is an inspiration that never did die and never will.
-Nicola Kelly

My First Time

Posted in Photos, Stories on February 20, 2010 by theadventureclub

Kathleen performing
The first time I ever saw, or even heard, Bikini Kill was in Denver, Colorado, maybe around 1994? I had just gotten back from a year as an exchange student, and my friends took me to the Mercury Café to see this awesome, female punk band that they just knew I would love. Before the show, I was in the downstairs bathroom, and this adorable girl came in and started putting on make-up. She told me she really liked my dress (I was wearing a super-cute red 1960s mini dress with gold embroidery and my white Doc Martens). I thanked her, and we chatted for just a minute. Low and behold, the adorable girl was the singer, who was a force of nature and even shouted down some jeering heckler. The show was fan-fucking-tastic! My friends were right, this band was right up my alley.

-NLL

bk=so emotional baby

Posted in Photos, Stories on February 20, 2010 by theadventureclub

BK lyrics sheet
listening to “jet ski” at 15 when i broke up with my boyfriend, listening to it at 25 after a breakup with the same guy and it STILL holds true.

singing “alien she” with my best friend annie who i haven’t seen in years.

crying my eyes out with “for tammy rae” just because.

listening to the huggy bear/ bikini kill spit LP so many times that she just doesn’t play like she used to.

I work at an Assisted Living facility and I will sneak yr music to a lot of my residents and they just love it, they really like “distinct complicity” best.

I’ll love you forever and always.

xo rebecca

First Time Seeing Bikini Kill

Posted in Photos, Stories on February 17, 2010 by theadventureclub

tobi singing

10/30/94
I ‘m going to see Bikini Kill and Free Kitten tonight at CBGB. Fingers crossed that I’ll get in but unless there’s a line around the corner, I should. I’ve really wanted to see Bikini Kill for a while now. The last time they played (NY) I was in Georgia. It would be really amazing in Joan Jett got up on stage with them.

11/5/94
About Bikini Kill/Free Kitten. I had an incredible time. They were great. Cool thing was when Bikini Kill were playing Kim Gordon was standing to the right of me, Thurston Moore was standing to my left, the guy from Pavement in front of me and the second girl from Free Kitten behind me. It felt pretty cool having all these musicians that I respect standing there, hanging out, not really with me, but relaxed by me watching the show. I talked to Thurston Moore for a while afterwards and he seemed real nice. It was very casual, not a rock star-fan thing. Went out the next night to see 7 Year Bitch & Alice Donut.

-Steve Beckham

February 14th, 1991

Posted in Photos, Stories on February 17, 2010 by theadventureclub


I remember on Feb. 14th 1991 we (Bratmobile) played our first show ever with Bikini Kill. It was their second show (the first was Satyricon in Portland?) Anyway, we knew they were going to be the best and we couldn’t have been more excited because it wasn’t just our first show as a band, it was our first show IN a band! We had been making up songs for over a year and practicing for a few months in Robert’s (ex-Some Velvet Sidewalk and Snakepit) practice space behind House of Records in Eugene. I can’t speak for Allison but I’m pretty sure we felt the same – like what the fuck are we doing?… but it’s so exciting we can’t not do it! Besides the show being amazing and trans-formative on multiple personal levels one cool memory is that Bikini Kill did ginseng shots before the show. Hilarious. Happy 19 year anniversary BK!
-Molly Neuman

Posted in Photos, Stories on February 12, 2010 by theadventureclub

one of the coolest shows and greatest experiences of my life was seeing bikini kill play on the roof of a parking garage at drexel university in philly in the spring/summer of 1994. city night skyline off to the side, hanging with my crush at the time, being blown away by how wide-open my little boring suburban life was beginning to feel….it was fucking awesome. bought a $5 t-shirt from one of the band members that i wore for years until holes and rips rendered it unwearable. i still won’t let my wife throw it away, though; it’s in storage, where it will stay the rest of my life.

loved that shirt, loved that show, loved that band, loved that time. thank you.

– mike

Posted in Photos, Stories on February 12, 2010 by theadventureclub

My first, actually, only time to see Bikini Kill live was at one of many reboots of the legendary Antenna Club in Memphis, TN.

I got there early. Not many people yet. (It’s Memphis, so even when the crowd showed up, there was still not many people… ) I noticed a cute girl playing an outdated video game in the corner of the bar. Asteroids, Centipede, something like that. She looked kinda cool. When she finished the game and turned around, I knew that she was Kathleen Hanna.

Did I recognize her face right off? No. This was back in the day when not everyone you knew had the internet, or the internet on their phone.

This was back in the day when Bust Magazine wasn’t available on your local book/music store. This was back in the day when just about the only photos you saw of an indie artist was whatever they included with the cd/album. But I knew it was her. How?

When she turned around, I saw the front of the band t-shirt she was wearing. The band? The Jam.

Even though Memphis has produced some great music, and even though there might be some cool chicks here, none, and I mean NONE of them would be wearing a Jam t-shirt. I still live in Memphis and I still have not seen anyone else here wearing a Jam t-shirt. Boy or girl.

And that’s what I remember about my first Bikini Kill show. Well, that and the fact that they f’n rocked!

David Jett

Did this really happen?

Posted in Photos, Stories on February 10, 2010 by theadventureclub


I saw Bikini Kill at a farm in Virginia somewhere. I was going to college at JMU and some people I hardly knew were driving out to this show and asked if I wanted to go along. It was Spring, and the ground was wet. I had a weird time. Did this really happen? It seems so surreal now in my thoughts, I find myself doubting that it was Bikini Kill, but something tells me it was.

It was the middle of nowhere, someone’s farm. There was a generator providing power that would go in and out. The show was a mindblower.

JJosh