Sometimes I wish I could go back in time. One of the first stops would be the the music I listened to and discovered. Terms like punk, feminist, and riot grrl are what I would be looking for the second time around.
I wish I could say I got into Kathleen Hanna’s seminal riot grrrl band Bikini Kill way back in the beginning, but the truth is that I actually got into her second band, Le Tigre, first. Bikini Kill were, I’m embarrassed to say, way too abrasive for me the first few listens, but Le Tigre, with their catchy as all fuck synth-pop ditties and in your face feminist and queer positive lyrics, were hard to resist. The combination of three girls dressed in colourful clothes, shouting their hardcore lyrics set to danceable music, is pretty much pop perfection to me.
I have never seen them live but I was lucky enough to see Kathleen play with The Julie Ruin in Melbourne a couple of years ago. And I couldn’t leave that night until I stuck my head behind the curtain after the show and, after talking some overexcited gibberish for a few minutes, got a hug from Kathleen. She was an absolute sweetheart.
So while I’ll never see Le Tigre live, there is always the music to listen to. Music that I need a fix of often. Le Tigre is one of those bands that have got right under my skin. We’re BFF’S for life.
So while I could share just one video I love their music so much that you’re getting two.
But please do me a favour and turn it up loud and have a sneaky little dance.
P.S. I did eventually fall for Bikini Kill too, but LT remain my first KH-related music love.