As you know this delightful blog that I bring to you kick ass readers is named 'Adventures Of A Riot Grrrl', but what is riot Grrrl? My fellow 90s teenagers raise you chipper fingernailed hands and let's do some good old fashioned schooling. If you are a regular reader you would have kicked back with me on some nostalgia back in 'I will always be a rebel Grrrl' or even caught my Alt curves fashion post.
I first discovered Riot Grrrl back when I was a teen hanging out in pigeon park in Birmingham when someone made me a mix tape. Yep a good old cassette because that's what we used to do swap tapes. When I put that tape in my little beaten boom box I had got for my 13th birthday and hit the play button my mind was well and truly blown. I had heard bands like hole with their screamy vocals and angsty fierceness before but Bikini Kill and Lunachicks brought a whole new dimension to my musical world. Women singing about things that spoke out to me. They weren't taking any shit and they definitely were not afraid to tell you so.
Riot Grrrl was birthed in Washington USA, Olympia would soon become many a girls haven. Underground feminist punk bands full of women. Women who were fed up of being treated like a second rate citizen. The third wave of feminism was on the rise and Riot Grrrl brought us ballsy protest songs that spoke about issues that were going ignored. Songs about rape, cat calling, domestic abuse, sexuality and empowering women to speak out stand proud and be awesome. Some awesome bands for you to check out are Bikini Kill, Lunachicks, Bratmobile and more. I have even left you an awesome playlist at the end of the post.
Riot Grrrl is so much more than just a collection of brilliant bands. It is a whole social movement that despite what others may stay is still going strong. Girls in their bedrooms making music or fanzines spreading words of body positivity, activism and DIY craft tips. Why sit around and settle for the norm, when you can cover everything in leopard print and glitter and make it fabulous while empowering yourselves and others around you.
You will hear so much more about riot grrrl if you keep reading this blog but for now I will leave you with an awesome playlist.
Who was your favourite riot grrrl band?