Four Famous Feminist Punk Songs (AKA Riot Grrrl)

For a while now I’ve spent a lot of my time listening to my Riot Grrrl Pandora station (if you don’t know what Pandora is, I suggest you check it out! Listening so much, that I know all the songs by heart but I didn’t actually know their names. Slowly I’ve been transferring them over to my YouTube favourites. Though there still is this one song that I haven’t found. Of which I keep singing the only line I remember: “Don’t be a whore” in a catchy tune. But I remember it was said in an ironic way, don’t worry about that!

Anyway! Here are my top five favourite of my Feminist Punk playlist. Obviously this list isn’t for everyone. But if you are a fan of Punk music – not just ‘Girl ‘Punk let me know what I should check out next!

I Am Not This BodyPottymouth
The Real JanelleCaptain my Captain

DIRTY HANDS ARE MINED by Team Dresch

This song is so hard to find online in anything other than a live version. Have I told you how much I hate bad quality live versions? A lot. But the song itself never fails to get my head bopping. It was written by ‘Queercore’ band, Team Dresch is a band of the ’90’s independent music scene (they also made ‘zines!). And listening through this for the first time in a while I’ve found it’s the “Don’t be a whore” song I’ve been singing for ages!

AND I LIVE IN A TOWN WHERE THE BOYS
AMPUTATE THEIR HEARTS by Bratmobile

It
was so difficult not to make this entirely comprised by Bratmobile
songs. When I was really getting into traditional Riot Girl music I
never ‘fell’ for Bratmobile. Rather, it grew on me. I hope it grows on
you too! They were one of the largest of the Feminist Punk movement with
interchangeable members from some of the other large bands (such as
Bikini Kill).

OUT IN THE STREETS by God is my Co-pilot

So, sometimes I like some obscure shit. This is one of those kinds of songs and another queercore band of the ninety’s – I’d never realised I listened to so much ‘queercore’ before. The main duo of the band play using their signature sound that’s been nicknamed ‘free punk’ and are more than well known for questioning sexuality, gender issues and politics – which is right up my alley.

NO YOU DON’T by Bratmobile

Yes, another Bratmobile song! I just can’t get enough, especially when it’s this good. I adore the simplistic rhythms and more feminine vocals. I could have sworn this was in the soundtrack to a film – something like Ghost World. Other than that, it’s completely short and sweet in an angsty kind of way!

These are one of the funnest posts to write. I usually sit at my computer playing playlists and Majong while I pick my favourites by how much they make me want to dance. A wonderful way to spend a tired night, after a long day! If you were to make one of these ‘favourites’ lists, what would you favourite and would you have any ‘ritual’ picking method?

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