Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Violent bruise

In 1987 Kat Bjelland founded a band called Babes in Toyland. Her sometime-friend Courtney Love jetted in from Los Angeles and attempted to be the bass player, but Courtney had a couple of problems: a) She didn't really know how to play bass, and b) she had no intention of practicing enough to be good at playing bass. As Kat put it, "I wanted to play music in a garage band, and Courtney wanted to become famous." The two goals weren't compatible, and after a time stripping in Alaska, Courtney went on find the desire to learn an instrument that had previously eluded her, learned how to play the guitar, founded the band Hole in 1989, married Kurt Cobain in 1992, and achieved her goal of becoming famous, albeit hated. But hey, being hated is being famous too, right? And in the meantime Kat, who had taught Courtney most of what she knew about performing grungy punk... well. She's still around, but never did get famous outside of indie circles.

This is "Bruise Violet", off of Babes in Toyland's 1992 album Fontanelle. Just some early 90's grrrl-punk, yo.

- Badtux the Music Penguin

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