The “All in the Family Show”...where I attempt to link together all the songs in my hour & a half playlist, non-lamely. If only I knew how to draw Venn diagrams or family trees or something.
Malaria – You You
Is German, just like:
Hanin Elias – Girl Serial Killer (the Dear Hanin remix)
This song was remixed by Le Tigre, who, at the end of the Dear Hanin remix address a letter to Hanin about the deaths of Patrick Dorsman and Amadou Diallo, which they also sing about on:
Le Tigre – Bang! Bang!
Sadie Benning from Le Tigre was replaced by JD Samson who is now in:
The New England Roses – All for the Night
And is it true that JD and Wynne Greenwood used to be together? (ha ha gossip gossip) For sure Johanna Fatemen, also from Le Tigre is now working on a project called LIBBER with Wynne Greenwood, who used to be:
Tracy & the Plastics – Queerion
Who once covered a song by:
Lesbians on Ecstasy – Sedition
Who have also been remixed by:
Scream Club v Leonard DeLeonard – International
Rachel Carns has a guest appearance on Scream Club’s album “Don’t Bite Your Sister”, and she also was in:
The Need – Don’t Touch the Ribbon
The King Cobra – This Town Ain’t Big Enough For the Both of Us
And drummed at some point for:
Slant 6 – Babydoll
The lead singer of Slant 6, Christina Billotte is now the lead singer of:
The Casual Dots – Mama’s Gonna Make Us a Cake
Which of course features the beautiful Kathi Wilcox, formally a member of:
The Frumpies- Be Good
In which she shared vocals with Tobi Vail, who, on the KRS site reviewed the next band and said they were exactly the kind of band Bikini Kill was hoping to inspire:
Finally Punk – What the Fuck Missile
Who often seem to play with another up-and-coming punk band:
Kiosk – I’m Floored
Who are Australian like:
Macromantics – Apple Crumble
And Romy from Macromantics used to be in Noise Addict with Ben Lee, and this band performed a song (about Evan Dando) called “I Wish I Was Him”, which was later covered by Kathleen Hanna on one of the Kill Rockstars compilations. Kathleen Hanna, of course being the lead singer of:
Bikini Kill – Strawberry Julius
Which of course features Tobi Vail (mentioned above), who is now in:Spider and the Webs – A Kid Named Jay
Along with a member of Dub Narcotics, a band that Calvin Johnson used to also be in, as well as being in the next band with Tobi Vail back in the day:
The Go Team – Bikini Twilight
And this band, which is probably his most famous(?) band:
Beat Happening – Sleepyhead
A band which Kurt Cobain used to like (and he also played guitar on Bikini Twilight by the Go Team), which leads us to:
Nirvana – Territorial Pissings
And Kurt, being the big fanboy he was, also really liked the next band, and in fact wrote in the liner notes for the re-release of their first album, and invited them to tour with Nirvana, but died a week before the tour. He also randomly met Ana Da Silva, the lead singer, in a record shop in London while he was searching for this band’s first album, and he wrote about this experience in the liner notes to Insecticide. Hole also covered the next song. The band? It was of course:
The Raincoats – The Void
Who, in one incarnation had Steve Shelley playing with them, who is from:
Sonic Youth – Kim Gordon & the Arthur Doyle Hand Cream
This song was originally entitled “Mariah Carey & the Arthur Doyle Handcream”, and was done as part of a split single “Buddy Series” release by Narnack Records, which they shared with the next band. who also did a song about Mariah Carey (this is not that song though):
Erase Errata – Hotel Suicide
Who, I read somewhere, formed a side band with Kim Gordon at the ATP festival, but I don’t think they’ve recorded anything. Kim Gordon, being in the next band:
Free Kitten – Noise Doll
Which also has Yoshimi who, as well as being in the Boredoms and Free Kitten is in Japanese noise band:
OOIOO – Right Hand Ponk
And has worked with Yuka on an album called “Flower with No Color”. Where is Yuka from?
Cibo Matto – Sci Fi Wasabi
And Cibo Matto are a band who have a lot of different people doing guest spots, including one Arto Lindsay, most famous for being in No Wave band
DNA – I’m Not Moving
And it was from DNA that the next band got their name
Blonde Redhead – Melody of Certain Three
PHEW!!! So there we go folks. It’s all in the family.
And I ended Pony 4 Honey, for the month of March with a little ode to the crooked cops of our country:
Julie Ruin – I Wanna Know what Love Is
>how many girls stay awake all night
i wanna know what love is
what the fuck if we all got guns
i wanna know what love is
the killers and the cops give us special advice
i wanna know what love is
so i’ll stay awake almost every night
i don’t care how we get it but we’ll get it someday<
Two-piece craziness! I was lucky enough to catch this band in London in July 2006, opening for the Gossip. Akiko the singer/drummer was dressed in pink underwear and drummed and screamed and stomped around the stage and was an amazing whirlwind of energy. Simon the guitarist reminded me heaps of Brace Paine, I think it was the hair and the way he stood off to the side, a force unto himself, but letting her take the stage.
I was blown away by their raw style, it was like the best of riot grrrl (Huggy Bear etc) but threatening in a different way, it was like the riot mixed with something more dark and sexy.
The music was scrawling guitars and thudding drums, screamed vocals, a spontaneous performance that would appeal to lovers of noise: Yokel Ono style, diy/riot punk: the aforementioned Huggy Bear, and garage music alike (i.e. a great complement to the main act of the night, The Gossip – Akiko stood in the wings while they played, ecstatically dancing along and helped Beth Ditto with the “whoa whoa whooooa“s in “Standing in the Way of Control”).
Watching Comanechi, I knew I’d probably not see something like that again for a long while (and probably not til I go overseas again where people seem able to let loose on stage, or at least where the audience condones it).
Their website is great too:
Come to New Zealand Comanechi! You can play in the, uh, Schooner Tavern?...
Watch Comanechi “Death Of You”
Not in order, but anyway…
All for the Night – New England Roses
Who can believe that the night before last New Zealanders were actually given the opportunity to jump around to “Vindictive” being played live by the actual Slits?
That song was pretty much played on a loop for 2 weeks when I first bought the Slits: Peel Sessions. I love it so much! And live, it was just ridiculous.
It’s funny cos a lot of times during moments like that (the Breeders playing “Canonball”, Le Tigre playing “Decepticon”, Sleater Kinney playing “Dig Me Out” etc), I’ve actually been too overwhelmed to purely enjoy the moment, like, I just can’t fully be there because I’m too busy trying to BE THERE and comprehend the moment (does anyone else do this, or am I the only freak?). But when the Slits played “Vindictive” it was just so much fun and I remember it perfectly.
I was totally impressed by the band, I kind of had no real expectations, and thought it could go either way (though after reading reviews of their US live shows by actual fans and their musical peers on the Typical Girls list, I thought it was more likely to be good). But the fact that they were so down to earth, not trying to be anything but what they were (which was awesome), just meant that the show could be enjoyed, no holds barred.
One of the best things about the Slits, I think, is that they’re not just an old band doing some lame reunion tour. The Slits are a continuing band (if that makes sense), who have changed their sound and shape throughout their nearly 30 year history. So their show wasn’t about nostalgia, and yet luckily (for us NZers) they were still keen to do their old songs with enthusiasm, as most of us either weren’t born when Cut came out, or weren’t in London in ’79! It was kind of like we were seeing a rare piece of history and at the same time a totally exciting band of today.
Their mix of songs was great, I think they played “Newtown”, “FM” “Shoplifting” (twice) & “Typical Girls” from Cut, and the other songs I recognised were “Man Next Door” & “Vindictive/Let’s Do the Split”. They did “Medusa” from Return of the Giant Slits (I don’t know that album, but they had a competition to see who could name the song, and that’s how I know what is was) and also “Hated By Many, Loved By a Few”, which apparently is a new song that hasn’t been released. The only song they did from the new EP was “Kill them with Love”. I was a little sad that they didn’t do “Number One Enemy” because that is my current favourite, but they pretty much satisfied with their set list otherwise.
I thought Ari-Up’s banter with the crowd was cool too, the little “how well do you know the Slits” quizzes were a good way to include the audience and “make a show” (re: Ian MacKaye’s mantra during the Evens’ show). The crowd was keen, which completely added to the all round good vibes of course. Everyone uproariously got into singing along to “Shoplifting”. The tall boys in front made way for shorter girls to get in, and pretty much it seemed like everyone had a fun time, and felt very lucky to be there! The mohawked girl in the front got to say what I think everyone was thinking – just thank you to the Slits for coming, fucking awesome. Fucking legendary.
I probably would’ve gone to see The Evens anyway, whether or not Ian MacKaye was in the band, but it has to be said that I was curious to see what the “legend” was like in real life, having never gone to a Fugazi show.
So the thing is, I was a little mad at Ian after this dumb comment he made on the Kerri Koch directed, 2006 documentary on Riot Grrrl, “Don’t Need You”. On the documentary they were discussing the Fugazi song “Suggestion” in which Ian begins the song by taking on the persona of a woman (“Why can’t i walk down a street free of suggestion? Is my body the only trait in the eyes of men?”).
Apparently some women had got in his face about it at the time and said something about how he had no right to sing about that. And he was aghast, angry, incredulous, and said he was all, “Fuck You!!”, kind of like, how dare you tell me what I can and can’t sing about!
Ok,in my opinion it’s cool he did the song, and really there’s not much Ian MacKaye could have got out of positioning himself as a victimised woman (except the annoying fact that he’d get way more pats on the back for being a guy and pointing out sexism that then any girl would), so you can’t accuse him of appropriating for selfish reasons. He was just joining the conversation about sexual inequalities that was becoming louder and louder with the advent of riot grrrl.
BUT!! What kind of a reaction is that to a feminist protest? “Fuck You”?? Hello! wasn’t that the kind of bull-headed, aggressive male outbursting that riot grrrls had to cope with every day?
Wasn’t the point meant to be that boys were the ones who were supposed to shut up and listen and be taught by the girls for a change, rather than be the ones always doing the telling, the dogmatising?
Why would you just slap them in the face with a Fuck You. Be quiet. You’re wrong. I’m right. Your notion that women’s experience of sexual violence can only be voiced, explained and presented by women because up until now that experience has been warped, ignored or exploited by men is WRONG, Fuck You!
If feminist women were saying that kind of thing to him, didn’t he think, hey! maybe I need to sit back and figure out their point! instead of overreacting and acting like his precious freedom of speech was being threatened?
Maybe he did consider that at the time, I mean I only saw that interview, not the context around it. But the way he discussed it on this, a documentary about riot grrrl, with such forceful singlemindedness – Fuck You! All bug eyed and irritated. Couldn’t he have worded it differently? And why did they keep that comment in in doco anyway? Is it because they thought he provided a much needed male point of view? Where was Billy Karren?
Before I saw “Don’t Need You” I read a review online somewhere which mentioned how it has interviews with a lot of the key players like Kathleen Hanna, and Corin Tucker, and then it said something like “and of course, Ian MacKaye, what punk documentary would be complete without him?”. And I’m thinking, uh, a documentary on Riot Grrrl perhaps?
So ok, cool, he recorded Bikini Kill’s first album, and that’s important, but did we really need to have him singing their praises to drive home the fact they really were awesome? And then have him dismiss the concerns of other women involved in Riot Grrrl? Nothing against Ian MacKaye and his contributions, but I just find it weird that his view was thought to be so particularly important in this context.
All I want to know is when will we start to review the musical canon that is so taken for granted and stop using bands like Fugazi as shorthand for great, and start believing in our own greatness just as is, no boy-idol approval necessary?