Thursday, July 01, 2010


Christina Billotte and Melissa Berkoff, Nikki Chapman and Mary Timony with their band Autoclave playing "I Take you Down" in 1991. Guitar-driven rock with drums, and they started doing in in 1989, a couple of years before some silly trivial band called "Nirvana" made it big in '91. But chick rockers weren't exactly mainstream back then, so even if they'd been as teen-friendly as Nirvana, they woulda never been that big. So they broke up to go to college in different cities. Mary Timony went on to found a noise-rock band called Helium that similarly went over like a balloon filled with lead (check my back archives for a couple of their songs), and as for the other women... guitarist Billotte went on to found a few other bands, the most interesting of which was the punk band Slant 6, and Berkoff and Chapman, well, if you know what happened to them, let us know!

-- Badtux the Music Penguin

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