Five Good Covers presents five cross-genre reinterpretations of an oft-covered song. Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney, L7, and Team Dresch, all formative riot grrrl bands, have reunited in to play tours and in some cases even release new music. The riot grrrl movement was a punk musical movement, but it was also a political movement; lyrics took on weighty topics, promoted feminism, and unabashedly commented on politics. This week we celebrate riot grrls, and thank them for speaking up and pushing for equality through their music. It only seems right to kick off a week of riot grrrl posts with Bikini Kill, often considered the founding band of the movement.
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Bria Bisono, 21, and Xavier Medina, 19
And a few boys, too. Hi mom and dad! Photographs by Nina Westervelt. Produced by Anya Strzemien. Interviews by Sharon Attia. If the end of this decade is memorialized as a time when women got really angry, and then even angrier, the music of Bikini Kill could provide the soundtrack. But they reunited this spring for two shows in Los Angeles and four in New York. Next week will bring two more in London.
Kayla Brooke, 27
Now Bikini Kill are back with a mission still relevant in B ikini Kill never intended to reunite. In that room, Vail witnessed a group often erased from the punk canon writing their own history. The riot grrrl movement, founded by a coterie of like-minded bands and zine-makers nationwide, was about reclaiming a girlhood spoiled by misogyny. Life in the band was tough.
Website Facebook Twitter Instagram. Billy Boredom played guitar and Kathi Wilcox played bass. Sometimes they switched instruments. Bikini Kill is credited with instigating the Riot Grrrl movement in the early 90's via their political lyrics, zines and confrontational live show.