Julie Ruin

Last updated
Julie Ruin
Julie Ruin cover.jpg
Studio album by
Julie Ruin (Kathleen Hanna)
ReleasedAugust 11, 1997
Genre
Length40:05
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [1]

Julie Ruin is the independent solo debut album by Kathleen Hanna under the name Julie Ruin in 1997, recorded while taking a break from Bikini Kill. [2] Hanna recalled:

Contents

[It] was made as Bikini Kill was in breaking up, a guy who worked across the street from my apartment building was stalking me and I was being treated, in my own community, like a historical oddity. The solo record helped me remember that I was just a fucking person who liked being creative. [3]

She cited two albums, Girl Talk [4] by Lesley Gore and Delete Yourself [5] by Atari Teenage Riot, among the inspirations for hers. In addition to feminism, it touches upon crocheting, aerobics and resisting police abuse. It was mostly produced in Hanna's apartment in Olympia, Washington. She declared:

Girls' bedrooms sometimes can be this space of real creativity. The problem is that these bedrooms are all cut off from each other. I wanted the Julie Ruin record to sound like a girl from her bedroom made this record but then didn't just throw it away or it wasn't just in her diary but she took it out and shared it with people. [6]

Hanna started collaborating with her friends Sadie Benning and Johanna Fateman to create a live band to perform songs from the album. This group would go on to become Le Tigre. [7]

In December 2010, Hanna and former Bikini Kill bandmate Kathi Wilcox formed a band called The Julie Ruin. [8]

Track listing

No.TitleLength
1."Radical or Pro-Parental"2:15
2."V.G.I."3:48
3."A Place Called Won't Be There"2:52
4."Tania"2:41
5."Aerobicide"2:54
6."Apt. #5"3:13
7."My Morning Is Summer"3:15
8."I Wanna Know What Love Is"3:36
9."The Punk Singer"2:07
10."On Language"2:06
11."Crochet"2:01
12."Interlude"0:51
13."Stay Monkey"2:56
14."Breakout a Town"2:22
15."Love Letter"3:08

Samples

Related Research Articles

Bikini Kill American riot grrrl band

Bikini Kill is an American punk rock band formed in Olympia, Washington, in October 1990. The group consists of singer and songwriter Kathleen Hanna, guitarist Billy Karren, bassist Kathi Wilcox, and drummer Tobi Vail. The band is widely considered to be the pioneer of the riot grrrl movement, and was known for its radical feminist lyrics and fiery performances. Their music is characteristically abrasive and hardcore-influenced. After two full-length albums, several EPs and two compilations, they disbanded in 1997. The band reunited for tours in 2019 and 2020.

Kathleen Hanna American musician and feminist activist

Kathleen Hanna is an American singer, musician, artist, feminist activist, pioneer of the feminist punk riot grrrl movement, and punk zine writer. In the early-to-mid-1990s she was the lead singer of feminist punk band Bikini Kill, before fronting Le Tigre in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Since 2010, she has recorded as The Julie Ruin.

Tobi Celeste Vail is an American independent musician, music critic and feminist activist from Olympia, Washington. She was a central figure in the riot grrl scene—she coined the spelling of "grrl"—and she started the zine Jigsaw. A drummer, guitarist and singer, she was a founding member of the band Bikini Kill. Vail has collaborated in several other bands figuring in the Olympia music scene. Vail writes for eMusic.

Le Tigre American band

Le Tigre was an American electronic rock band formed by Kathleen Hanna, Johanna Fateman and Sadie Benning in 1998 in New York City. Benning left in 2001 and was replaced by JD Samson for the rest of the group's existence. Le Tigre are known for their left-wing sociopolitical lyrics that often dealt with issues of feminism and the LGBT community. They mixed punk's directness and politics with playful samples, eclectic pop, and lo-fi electronics. The group also added multimedia and performance art elements to their live shows, which often featured support from like-minded acts such as The Need.

<i>So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes</i> 1997 studio album by NOFX

So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes is the seventh studio album by the American punk rock band NOFX. It was released on November 11, 1997 through Epitaph Records.

Johanna Fateman American musician

Johanna Rachel Fateman is an American writer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. She is a member of the post-punk rock band Le Tigre and founded the band MEN with Le Tigre bandmate JD Samson.

Tammy Rae Carland American photographer, writer and filmmaker

Tammy Rae Carland, is a photographer, video artist, zine editor, current provost at California College of the Arts (CCA), and former co-owner of the independent lesbian music label Mr. Lady Records and Videos. Her work has been published, screened, and exhibited around the world in galleries and museums in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berlin, and Sydney.

<i>The Singles</i> (Bikini Kill album) 1998 compilation album by Bikini Kill

The Singles is a compilation album of three singles by punk rock band Bikini Kill. The album was released in 1998 by Kill Rock Stars. Joan Jett produces, plays guitar and sings on the first three tracks. In 2018, Bikini Kill reissued the album on CD and 12" vinyl.

<i>Le Tigre</i> (album) 1999 studio album by Le Tigre

Le Tigre is the debut studio album of American music trio Le Tigre. It was released October 25, 1999 on Mr. Lady Records. The album combined pop music with the band's feminist political lyrics. It received positive reviews from music critics.

<i>Pussy Whipped</i> 1993 studio album by Bikini Kill

Pussy Whipped is the debut studio album by American punk rock band Bikini Kill. It was released on Kill Rock Stars on October 26, 1993. It includes the track "Rebel Girl", which is number 27 on the Rolling Stone list of "Most Excellent Songs of Every Year Since 1967", a playlist assembled by the magazine in 2006 to celebrate its 1,000th issue.

Kathi Wilcox American musician

Kathi Lynn Wilcox is an American musician. She is the bass player in the Julie Ruin and has been in bands such as Bikini Kill, the Casual Dots, and the Frumpies.

Kneel Cohn American musician

Kneel Cohn in The Bronx, New York is the primary songwriter, lead singer and guitarist for Warshow Angels, and The Dead Stars On Hollywood, known for the songs "Prozac Smile" and "Flaunt it Like This". He has performed with, produced songs and done remixing and production work with bands including Collide, Contagion, Patti Rothberg, and members of Crass, Buzzcocks, The Dandy Warhols, Hanoi Rocks, UK Subs, Consolidated, Black 'n Blue and Sin Corporation.

Radical Act is a feature-length documentary by Tex Clark. Shot in 1995, Radical Act documents the contributions of female artists to the 1990s indie rock scene. Participants include Kathleen Hanna, Toshi Reagon, Gretchen Phillips, Melissa York, Kim Coletta, Shirlé Hale, Sharon Topper, journalist Evelyn McDonnell, author Victoria "Vicky" Starr and Dr. Kay Turner.

Sini Anderson is an American film director, producer, performance artist, choreographer, dancer and poet, from Chicago, Illinois. Anderson is widely known for directing The Punk Singer (2013), a documentary about riot grrrl musician Kathleen Hanna's legacy and experience with late-stage Lyme disease.

Rebel Girl (song) song by American punk rock band Bikini Kill

"Rebel Girl" is a song by American punk rock band Bikini Kill. The song was released in three different recorded versions in 1993 – on an EP, an LP, and a 7-inch single. The single version was produced by Joan Jett and features her on guitar and background vocals. Widely considered a classic example of punk music, the song remains emblematic of the riot grrrl movement of the 1990s.

The Julie Ruin American band formed in 2010 in New York City

The Julie Ruin are an American band formed in 2010 in New York City. The band rehearse in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and record at Oscilloscope and Figure 8 Recording in Brooklyn. Band members include Carmine Covelli, Sara Landeau, Kathleen Hanna, Kathi Wilcox, and Kenny Mellman.

Riot grrrl is an underground feminist punk movement that began in the early 1990s in Washington state and the greater Pacific Northwest. It also had origins in Washington, D.C., and spread to at least 26 countries. It is a subcultural movement that combines feminist consciousness and punk style and politics. It is often associated with third-wave feminism, which is sometimes seen as having grown out of the Riot Grrrl movement. It has also been described as a musical genre that came out of indie rock, with the punk scene serving as an inspiration for a musical movement in which women could express themselves in the same way men had been doing all along.

<i>The Punk Singer</i> 2013 documentary film directed by Sini Anderson

The Punk Singer is a 2013 documentary film about feminist singer Kathleen Hanna who fronted the bands Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, and who was a central figure in the riot grrrl movement. Directed by filmmaker Sini Anderson and produced by Anderson and Tamra Davis, the film's title is taken from the Julie Ruin song "The Punk Singer", from Hanna's 1998 solo effort.

"Hey Now" is a song by American recording artist Lesley Gore. It was released as the second single from her fourth studio album, Girl Talk. The song was a commercial disappointment, becoming Gore's first single not to enter the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 76. The B-side, "Sometimes I Wish I Were a Boy," also drew attention.

References

  1. 1 2 Flota, Brian. "The Julie Ruin – Julie Ruin". AllMusic . Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  2. Breihan, Tom (June 14, 2011). "Kathleen Hanna Returns With the Julie Ruin". Pitchfork.
  3. True, Everett (January 14, 2014). "Kathleen Hanna: the riot grrrl returns". The Guardian . Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  4. Larsson, Milene (August 10, 2016). "Musical Memoir: Kathleen Hanna's Favourite Albums". The Quietus . Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  5. Larsson, Milene (August 10, 2016). "Musical Memoir: Kathleen Hanna's Favourite Albums". The Quietus . Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  6. "The Punk Singer", 2013, Sini Anderson
  7. Schmitt, Christina (January 19, 2000). "Le Tigre: Le Tigre". City Pages. Archived from the original on August 1, 2008.
  8. Levine, Michael (2010-12-13). "The Kathleen Hanna Project @ Knitting Factory". Bust.com . Archived from the original on March 8, 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-26.
  9. 1 2 3 "Julie Ruin". WhoSampled . Retrieved October 7, 2019.