It's challenging for us to choose just one Riot Grrrl zine to showcase in honor of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh's proclamation that April 9 is Riot Grrrl day. SO, we thought err on the side of offending no one and everyone by throwing up the Kill Rock Stars Winter 1995/96 catalog zine. If you haven't had a listen to some of these bands in a while (or ever) today's a great day to do so.
After disco and Hi-NRG almost killed us and when "Wimmin's Music" didn't speak to us and before there was riot grrrl queer punk kids listened to a short-lived genre called homocore. Which then got changed to queercore for obvious reasons. And one of the places that homocore was birthed was in Toronto. For those who are so inclined, it stands to reason that a publication about such an awesome movement in queer/musical zirstory might be titled Homocore Toronto. And so it was.
"Highways hard in this modern world | Battered boys and shattered girls"
Not Your Bitch #5 is riot grrrl raucous, smart and angry, and that perfect-for-right-now feminist slice of 1995. With reviews of zines by Nomy Lamm, an Ani DiFranco album, and stories of graffiti-ing bathroom stalls with menstruel blood, what mor coud you ask for?
More than just a manifesto, the Femme Shark Communique #1 is a guide to being a Femme Shark. It's fierce as fuck.
When I Say Femme You Say Shark!
When I Say Femme, You Say Power!
When I Say Finger, You Say Bang !
Femme Sharks Want Justice! And We Want To Get Banged!
All My Holes Are Hungry! Hungry For Justice And Fucking!
Femme Sharks Hate Israel! A Lot! It Sucks!
My Pussy! I Got One! Do You Want To Fuck It? Yeah!
Femme Sharks Love Studs!
Femme Sharks Love Our Transisters!
Femme Sharks Strap It On!
Femme Sharks Say Fuck Colonialism!
When I Say Femme You Say Power!
Femme! Power! Femme! Power !
When I Say Femme, You Say Shark!
When I Say Finger, You Say Bang!
Femme Sharks Love Fat Girls! Femme Sharks Are Fat Girls!