Category: Sleater-Kinney

Sleater-Kinney – Call the Doctor

ARTIST: Sleater-Kinney               220px-Callsoctorskinney

TITLE: Call the Doctor

YEAR RELEASED: 1996

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: None really

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Call the Doctor, I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone

LINEUP: Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein, Lora Macfarlane

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Second album from Olympia feminist punks establishes their cred as one of the best bands of the scene in the 90’s.

 SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Starting out with the blast of “Call the Doctor”, a punk anthem for sure, but then moving to a complicated track like “Hubcap”, then a complete screamer like “Little Mouth”, Sleater-Kinney showed versatility in their attack and sound. They could change it up and still scream loudly if need be.

As the record goes on, you can feel Sleater-Kinney reveling in their songs and feminist power, strategically placing rage so you don’t get worn out. The structures of the songs are also varied and tricky, with the two-guitar attack varying and the riffs flowing (but not always the way regular rock riffs are constructed). When Corin Tucker says, “I’m the Queen of rock-and-roll”, there’s so much conviction that you believe her and will follow her.

You needed this record in 1996, and you need this record in 2019 to combat the crap going on in the world, right now.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Now, when they play “Joey Ramone” live, they change the reference in a lyric from Thurston Moore to Kim Gordon.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

 GRADE A+: Every song either grabs you immediately, or sneaks up on you later. Play it loud, and scare the patriarchy.

Sleater-Kinney – Sleater-Kinney

ARTIST: Sleater-Kinney    sleater_kinney

TITLE:  Sleater-Kinney

YEAR RELEASED: 1995

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: None

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: I really doubt it

LINEUP: Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein, Lora Macfarlane

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT:  Short, quick debut album from the premier feminist rock band of the past 20 years.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Listening to “The Day I Went Away”, you have the blueprint for the best of Sleater-Kinney. Carrie Brownstein’s lower voice complementing Corin Tucker’s urgent howl, while their guitars combine to create riffs and chords that set a definite tone of urgency.

Tucker’s voice dominates, as she’s the sole lead on six tracks. Her at-times-unhinged-but-powerful voice makes tracks like “A Real Man” even more on point. Tucker also can carry a melody, which makes her leaps and her tremolo even more jarring and effective.

Tucker and Brownstein were already veterans of the Riot-Grrrl scene in Olympia, but this record transcended that, giving a sense of power and purpose that leapt over that movement’s limited reach.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: They recorded this in Australia in a day. Macfarlane, their drummer, was from Australia.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: A-: It’s short, and powerful. A feminist album for the millennials.