A guide to something happening all around you.
Intense, confessional, edited by Riot Girl D.C. organizer Erika Reinstein, with contributions from Riot Girl D.C. Issue number one declares: “The fact that I am alive is a Riot, a hah hah fucking Riot. You can abuse me but I’ll still be here, and I won’t let it go.” With a strong focus on sexual abuse, this is not a playful zine–spare, it documents nightmare memories. For info write Riot Girl D.C., PO Box 11002, Washington, D.C., 20008-0202.
Focusing on skategirls, Gunk is assembled by 16-year-old editors in suburban New Jersey. Issue number two rails against Thrasher magazine for only featuring girls in bathing suits, never in skate gear. The articles read like notes passed back and forth in class. Write 16 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.
Hit It or Quit It
High school girls writing scene reports, fawning band reviews, comics (e.g., Wonder Wench and Her Sidekick Turbo Slut). Lists of bands to listen to when you are sad, angry, or if you’ve just found out the guy you like has a girlfriend. Issue number two chooses as its hero Margaret LeGates, who at 15 is the only female high school wrestler in Illinois. Write Senorit-A Brad, 3238 Bryant Ave. S. #26, Minneapolis, MN 55408.
Full of visions of a girl apocalypse, band interviews, Olympia scene reports, Girl Germs is edited by Bratmobile band members Molly Neuman and Allison Wolfe. In issue number two, Allison promises, “There’s something going on. . . . There’s this total revolutionrevolution dancing scheming daydreaming sidewalk-stalkin’ bigdeal happening.” Write PO Box 1473, Olympia, WA 98507.
Skag 2000 and Bitch Nation
New zines by G.B. Jones–brilliant editor of early girl-oriented homocore zines J.D.s, Hide. Her zines are characterized by sophisticated humor, in-jokes, and general outraged riffing. These have interviews with rarely covered bands and, often they come with homemade cassettes. Essential. Write PO Box 55, Station E, Toronto, Ontario M6H 4E1.
For a complete listing of fanzines, girlcore and otherwise, write Factsheet Five, PO Box 8026, Atlanta, GA 30306-0026.
Hard to find record information.
Heavens to Betsy, “My Secret,” b/w Bratmobile, “Cool Schmool”: Heavens to Betsy’s an REM-influenced Olympia band with feverish vocals and disarming lyrics, as those in their menstruation song, “My Red Self.” Bratmobile sing giddy school-yard rhymes like, well, “Cool Schmool.” Wolfe says the band’s boy dancers “dance for me ’cause I can’t dance.” Great as a live act, they lose some of their appeal without the spectacle. Available through K records: P.O. Box 7154, Olympia, WA 98507.
Bikini Kill, “Feels Blind”: Available on K-Records’ Oly-band compilation Kill Rock Stars. Kathleen Hanna’s panicked, riveting rail “I will resist with every inch / And every breath / I will resist psychic death” can’t easily be forgotten. They also promise a new record, available for $6 from Kill Rock Stars, 120 NE State #418, Olympia, WA 98501.
Mecca Normal, Dovetail: David Lester plays a rich, drifting guitar. In performance, Jean Smith paces and screams and whispers, walks out into the audience, sometimes walks out of the room. Based in Vancouver, Mecca Normal tour frequently. Available through K records.
For more information on Riot Girl D.C., write Box 11002, Washington, D.C. 20008-0202. For more information on Riot Girl Olympia, write P.O. Box 782, Olympia, WA 98507.