I was never in a band, it was one of those things that passed me by (much like the talent needed to be in a band), but I always had daydreams of being a frontwoman for a band. I’m definitely an extrovert (this is something that is not fashionable to admit these days, but hey, without us extroverts you introverts just wouldn’t be as cool), and always thought I had the personality to bring a certain je ne sais quoi to a band. Spunk. Brashness. Kickybootness.
I started university in Australia in the mid-90s, and quickly became involved in the student union movement in Melbourne. Lots of great music came out of this movement, and I was exposed to some great bands, but the Riot Grrrl tunes just totally appealed to me. I was an angry teenager, I was an even angrier end-of-teenager-years teenager, and the raw power of this music was perfect for me.
I’ve recently created a new playlist on Deezer of my favourite Riot Grrrl bands and songs. I totally would have been a Riot Grrl. I was born a little late for it to be something that I could really embrace (was just beginning my teens in the early 90s) but the attitude, music and lyrics really resonated with me. They still do.
Does it make me feel younger? A little. Does it remind me that this angry and rawness is still deep inside me? Absolutely.
Allow me, dear reader, to share with you some of my favourite Riot Grrrl tunes.