Bikini Kill

Peel Sessions

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This authorized bootleg seven-inch is absolutely critical for anyone who remains interested in Bikini Kill or the riot-grrrl phenomenon in general this long after the fact -- the band's incendiary appearance on John Peel's legendary BBC radio show captures a livewire energy and laser-focused intensity even their official recordings rarely match. These four songs walk the line between machine-like precision and absolute chaos -- not a note seems off-target or wasted, but the group still seems barely in check, as though their sheer conviction could send them spinning off the rails at any time. And Kathleen Hanna's vocals are still the standard by which righteous anger should be judged -- the cumulative effect is something like drinking water from a firehose for about ten minutes.