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Editors’ Notes

By signing to a major label, original Riot Grrrl Kathleen Hanna ensured that Le Tigre’s third album, This Island, would be heard by casual music listeners and dissected by her cult audience who'd be concerned by what it meant. Enlisting producer Ric Ocasek proved a shrewd move—few people understand music and pop songwriter better—and stirring tracks like “After Dark,” “Tell You Now,” and “Viz” had a perfect ally. Hanna sacrifices nothing, while the group’s electroclash style finally transcends the demo phase. As someone who feeds off new challenges, Hanna eventually put Le Tigre on hiatus and transformed her solo project The Julie Ruin into a band.

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Le Tigre conquers the world

Long time Kathleen Hannah fans have grown up with the lead singer of Le Tigre and share a relationship with her work that is missing in this era. Classic artists before like The Beatles, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, David Bowie and others had a good fifteen years of classic music to give in some cases, or at least released numerous albums in less time. Comparing 'This Island' to Bikini Kill or Le Tigre's first release is like comparing 'Please Please Me', to the 'White Album' or 'Sgt Pepper'. Obviously, purists got lost along the way, a great deal of growth and experimentation took place, and the artist is completly changed, irreversably. The upside of this record being on Atlantic and being played in every bar/mall is that the teenagers of the mid 0's get to hear some good music for once. Acts like Death Cab For Cutie, Le Tigre, Nirvana, Sonic Youth,Yeah Yeah Yeahs, R.E.M., ect may have come to the major labels and MTV, but they have on their own terms without sacrificing artistic freedom, wether the results work out or not. Love them or hate them, a literary and political conscious music is on the prowl, looking for hipsters, teany-boppers, rockers, nerds, activists, and artists to make an army of all colors that don't need guns, or bombs to get their message heard through out the world.

Riot on grrrl, Riot On.

It's Le Tigre! Kathleen Hannah the original Riot Grrl knocks one out of the park along with her bandmates with This Island. Politically Charged with "New Kicks" and party charged with Riot Grrl anthems like "Nanny Nanny Boo Boo" and "Punker Plus" this album just rocks. Synthesizers give a feel of new age eighties with a unique style of vocals and catchy lyrics. If you're just looking for a good ride, then buckle up with Le Tigre.

Love it!

Love the songs, love the album, love them! Give a listen to TKO - amazing!

Biography

Formed: 1999

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Originally conceived as the live backing band for her Julie Ruin solo project, Bikini Kill founder and quintessential riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna formed Le Tigre, another bold, feminist-oriented trio, with filmmaker Sadie Benning and zine creator Johanna Fateman in 1998. Borrowing a page from Hanna's Julie Ruin output, Le Tigre mixed punk's directness and politics with playful samples, eclectic pop, and lo-fi electronics. The group also added multimedia and performance art elements to their live shows,...
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