Girl Germs Episode 13 – The 90’s Show

Inspired by all the press coverage of the impending 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind album, Dana and Anna have been doing some reminiscing. So this week we decided to dedicate an entire show to one of our favorite musical decades: the ‘90s.

Women like Kat Bjelland, Kim Deal and Mary Timony broke new ground at a pivotal time in music history, and many of them—however underappreciated—remain just as relevant today. Twenty years later, male artists like Kurt Cobain and Eddie Vedder (who we agree are highly influential and talented in their own rights) continue to get much of the credit for the musical paradigm-shifting that marked the ‘90s. This podcast is our tribute to the ladies who helped spark that cultural revolution—from the riot grrrl movement of the Pacific Northwest (Heavens to Betsy, Bikini Kill) to the trip-hop of Bristol (Portishead) to NYC jazz fusion-hip hop (Cibo Matto) to trailblazing guitar heroes (Babes in Toyland, Throwing Muses). (Also make sure to read this essay by Girl Germs’ Dana about why the Breeders’ Pod album is more influential than Nevermind!)

Babes in Toyland – Bruise Violet (Fontanelle)
Bikini Kill – Hamster Baby (Pussy Whipped)
Heavens to Betsy – Nothing Can Stop Me (Calculated)
Portishead – Wandering Star (Dummy)
Garbage – Queer (Garbage)
Fiona Apple – Fast As You Can (When the Pawn…)
Throwing Muses – Freeloader (Limbo)
Hole – Garbage Man (Pretty on the Inside)
Cibo Matto – Le Pain Perdu (Viva La Woman!)
Helium – Pat’s Trick (The Dirt of Luck)
That Dog – He’s Kissing Christian (Totally Crushed Out!)
Velocity Girl – Crazy Town (Copacetic)

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