Bikini Kill – Revolution style girl now (Epic 2017 #022)

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Bikini Kill – Revolution Style Girl Now (1991)


Bikini Kill was an American punk rock band formed in Olympia, Washington, in October 1990. The group consisted of singer and songwriter Kathleen Hanna, guitarist Billy Karren, bassist Kathi Wilcox, and drummer Tobi Vail. The band is widely considered to be the pioneer of the riot grrrl movement, and was known for its radical feminist lyrics and fiery performances. Their music is characteristically abrasive and hardcore-influenced. After two full-length albums, several EPs and two compilations, they disbanded in 1997.

The Vibrators – Troops of Tomorrow (Leaping Ahead #297)

Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #297: 161023

[Song from a band beginning with V]

Taken from the 1978 album ‘V2’ this was released as a single but failed to get into the top 40, the top 100 or the top anything for that matter.

The Vibrators, despite three initial (in my opinion) subliminal albums – ‘Pure Mania’ (1977), ‘V2’ (1978) and ‘Batteries Included’ (1980) – have sadly entered the annuls of history as another ‘one hit wonder band; ‘Automatic Lover’ earned the band a Top of the Pops appearance and got into the top 10. But the far better follow-up ‘Judy says she’s gonna knock you in the head tonight’ only made it to No.70. ‘Troops of Tomorrow’ though didn’t even chart despite considerable airplay at the time, most notably on the John Peel show.

The Vibrators continued to trade with a string of albums well into the 1990’s, none of which got anywhere. And they still tour today albeit with only one original member – drummer John ‘Eddie’ Edwards. Something of a sad testament to the fondly remembered early years.

The Rezillos – Destination Venus (Leaping Ahead #256)

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[a punk song]

Formed in Edinburgh in 1976 and emerging at the same time as other bands in the punk rock movement, the Rezillos did not share the nihilism or social commentary of their contemporaries, but instead took a more light-hearted approach to their songs, preferring to describe themselves at the time as “a New Wave beat group”. Their songs are heavily influenced by 1950s rock and roll, 1960s English beat music and garage rock, early 1970s glam rock, and recurring lyrical themes of science fiction and B movies, influences that mirrored those of US bands the Cramps, the B-52s, and X who were starting out at the same time. The Rezillos’ biggest hit was the UK Top 20 single “Top of the Pops” in 1978, ‘Destination Venus’ was also released in 1978 but only made it to No.43 in the UK charts.

Sex Pistols – Pretty Vacant (Leaping Ahead #254)

Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #254: 160910

[Song from a band beginning with S]

Released on 1 July 1977 as the band’s third single, ‘Pretty Vacant’ later featured on “Never mind the Bollocks” – the band’s only album, released that same year. It reached number 6 on the UK Singles Chart and marked the band’s first appearance on BBC’s ‘Top of the Pops’. According to bassist Glen Matlock, the song’s main riff was inspired by hearing “S.O.S.” by ABBA.

Stiff Little Fingers – Alternative Ulster (Leaping Ahead #41)

Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #41: 160210

[A song from a band seen in 2013]

I first saw Stiff Little Fingers in a pokey little venue on the Loughborough University student campus back in 1978. So catching them again over 35 years later at Brighton’s Concorde II was a particular treat. Slightly different look to the band – but the music’s the same!