Although only a minor figure in the post-Babes in Toyland burst of hard-rocking female-oriented alternative pop bands, New Hampshire's Kittywinder had quite a lot of promise that was frustratingly never quite fulfilled. Formed at the University of New Hampshire in Durham in 1992 (originally under the somewhat more eyebrow-raising name of Motorpussy) by singing guitarists Christine Lee and Stephanie Giorgio, plus bassist Laura Cuozzo, the group changed the name and added drummer Michael Hart when they moved to New York City in 1994. Signing with the then-hot indie label Zero Hour Records, the newly constituted quartet debuted later that year with the favorably reviewed single "Wishing Well." The group then followed up with the EP Scream of the Weak in 1995 and finally a full-length debut, Livres des Monstres, in 1996. Although the group was growing in popularity and possibly on the verge of moving further up the indie rock ladder, they were caught in the fallout of Zero Hour's unexpected collapse in 1997 and broke up shortly thereafter. Christine Lee and Stephanie Giorgio went on to form a new group called the Dog and Pony Show in 1998, releasing a self-titled EP later that year.