Bikini kill

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Bikini kill
Bikini Kill (1991)
Bikini Kill (1991)
General information
origin Olympia (United States)
Genre (s) punk
founding 1990, 2019
resolution 1997
Current occupation
Vocals, guitar
Kathleen Hanna
Erica Dawn Lyle (since 2019)
Kathi Wilcox
Drums, percussion
Tobi Vail
former members
William "Billy" Karren (1990–1997)

Bikini Kill is an American punk band that shaped the riot grrrl movement in the 1990s. It was founded in Olympia in October 1990 . The band became known for their feminist lyrics and intense live performances.


Although they occasionally collaborated on an artistic and political level with well-known artists such as Nirvana (drummer Tobi Vail was dating Kurt Cobain for a while) and Joan Jett , Bikini Kill rejected major labels and the mainstream music press. After two albums and several EPs, the group broke up in 1997. The best-known successor project to Bikini Kill was Le Tigre , in which Kathleen Hanna was active. In May 1998, The Singles was another compilation album from the Kill Rock Stars label , which compiled the three published singles including the respective B-sides. The Russian group Pussy Riot named Bikini Kill as a role model.

In 2019 the band got together for a few gigs (at the Riot Fest in Chicago). A North American tour for 2020 was announced in late 2019.


  • 1991: Revolution Girl Style Now! (no label)
  • 1991: Bikini Kill ( EP , Kill Rock Stars)
  • 1993: Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah (Split LP with Huggy Bear on Catcall Records in Europe, Kill Rock Stars in the USA)
  • 1993: Pussy Whipped (LP on Kill Rock Stars)
  • 1994: The CD Version of the First Two Records (LP on Kill Rock Stars)
  • 1996: Reject All American (LP on Kill Rock Stars)


  • 1991: Kill Rock Stars (LP / CD on Kill Rock Stars)
  • 1991: Throw: The YoYo Studio Compilation (on YoYo Records )
  • 1991: Daddy's Li'l Girl on Give Me Back (LP on Ebullition Records )
  • 1992: Suck My Left One on There's A Dyke In The Pit (on Outpunk Records )
  • 1998: The Singles (on Kill Rock Stars)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Riot Fest announces its 2019 lineup. Retrieved June 2, 2019 .
  2. Bikini Kill Is Going on Tour in 2020. Accessed January 18, 2020 .