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Reject All American

Bikini Kill Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 Aug 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kill Rock Stars
  • ASIN: B00000373N
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,342 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Statement Of Vindication
2. Capri pants
3. Jet Ski
4. Distinct Complicity
5. False Start
6. R.I.P.
7. No Backrub
8. Bloody Ice Cream
9. For Only
10. Tony Randall
11. Reject All American
12. Finale

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With three years since their last album, Pussy Whipped, and only a few 7-inch singles in the meantime, Bikini Kill had loads of time to become a band that stands on its own merits. Reject All American, their 1996 sophomore release, reveals a refined punk band with increased clarity, verified competence, and expanded range. While the band's heart still lies in the sneering brat punk of the Sex Pistols or X-Ray Spex--heard here on thrilling two-minute slices of attitude like "Capri Pants" and "Statement of Vindication"--the band also gives a go at airy alt rock (bassist Kathi Wilcox's jangly "False Start"), classic new wave pop (the title track's Go-Go's chorus), and even drops a trumpet and xylophone into the mix. Still, it's Kathleen Hanna's words and vocals that have matured most and remain the band's primary strength. It's enough to make you proud: Just look at how our little grrrl has grown. --Roni Sarig

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Bikini Kill started off with the priorities of making their political statement and playing load gigs over making an attractive and lyrically clever studio album / E.P., they certainly developed their sound with each album they made.
Now they have split up, I see this album as the pinnacle of their musical achievements - a mission statement if you like.
Like most punk bands, Bikini Kill, over a few years recording and playing together, learned to play their best music and entwine within it extremely clever and lasting lyrics - a proven talent of singer Kathleen Hanna during and since Bikini Kill.
For me this album encapsulates a true new punk movement in the shape of riot grrrls but it goes far further. You can hear that it has been created from a pure struggle, it embrases everything the band stand for - it has an uncommercialised punk ethic that has rarely heard post 1970's and it fears nothing.
I dispair for would be buyers that this is currently unavailable as I feel it has been overlooked as a truly historic and culturally important album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars must have for any bikini kill/riot grrl fan 22 May 2002
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Format:Audio CD
This is a fantastic album, the type that never ever leaves the cd player, even when you have listened to it 50million times and are begining to hate it, you still have to listen so that you can get through the day. Its quite different from their other stuff, more melodic, but just as good as any other album, in its own way.
Look out for the sleater-kinney like guitar bit at the end of finale, very cool
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5.0 out of 5 stars DISBANDED TOO SOON? 5 May 2011
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In their relatively short life from 1990-8, the girls of Bikini Kill moved on from the stereotype 'riot grrrl' snarling and 'in-yer-face' shock and revolt band and started to mature into a more accomplished and serious punk rock outfit. A viewing of the girls in concert in 1992 on [...] shows their early raw abrasive energy.

They shunned major record labels, only making two full-length albums, several EP's and two compilations. Their album in 1996 "Reject All American", which took several years to lay down, clearly shows Bikini Kill's move towards the middle ground of the punk movement namely 'pop-punk', and marks a step in the right direction, as well as the band's move away from barely structured primal scream assaults.

Whilst the album is only 27 or so minutes long, it doesn't detract from it's quality with some very good tracks foremost of which is "False Start", with sweeter lyrics is reminiscent of The Bangles, and this continues on "R.I.P", a lyrically poignant lament for a dead friend. "Capri Pants", and "Jet Ski", are both excellent examples of a positive aggressive beat and infectious rhythm. The title track "Reject All American" is again built on a controlled rhythm and guitar base and makes a great sing-along anthem.

If you like your punk rock tuneful, this album will make a fine addition to your collection.

The main regret though is that a year or so after releasing this album and revealing this burgeoning talent and potential the girls split up. Well I suppose that's Show Business for you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a shame they broke up 4 July 2000
By Robin Orlowski - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Although a little more polished than I like my Bikini Kill, this is an excellent album and newcommers to their audio feminsim could start out here without missing a single message.
It is a shame they broke up, because every one of their albums sounds different. While the polished sound will undoubtedly raise protests among some loyal fans about "selling out" I don't think any band can really survive without continously growing, learning and expanding.
I had been listening to BK for a long time, and had reservations when I heard that this album was going to be poppy. My reservations ceased when I actually gave it a chance and realized just how awesome it was. BK's experimental recording blew me away
Bikini Kill was one of the great grrrl bands of the 1990's and this album was only one facet in a long line of gems from the Washington state punk quartet. Unlike the Spice Girls, this group knows that girl power comes from self respect and civil rights, not breast size and belt notches.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome pop-punk 31 Dec 2000
By jon c. sieruga - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A truly astonishing slice of riot grrrl rock, this ranks as one of the most dazzling records to come out of the 1990's. The music just glides on "False Start"(their best song); the rest of the time it skitters along amusingly on spirit and nerve, but is seldom tasteless, never whiny. Punk fans complained it was too slick, but it shows growth from "Pussy Whipped" and Kathleen Hanna comes off like a goddess(also check out her 'solo' CD titled JULIE RUIN). A masterstroke of musical brilliance. Were the Sex Pistols this good at their peak? Maybe, but they weren't BETTER.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A 90's punk classic! 27 April 2002
By Matthew Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Not only was Bikini Kill one of the best bands of the 1990's, but this was by far one of the best records of the 90's. It's just a pity more people more people don't know about it and them. Bikini Kill brought forth the authentic inner angst and intestinal fortitude that 99% of other present day "punk" bands try to deliver, and on "Reject All American", it comes through loud and proud. Kathleen Hanna should go down in the the rock and roll record books as a true original icon. If Iggy Pop is known to some as the godfather of punk, then Kathleen Hanna's reign as riot grrrrl queen is cemented forever. This album is strong from start to finish, and just as Black Flag's "Rise Above" is an anthem for the 80's, "Reject All American" should go down as an anthem for the 90's.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU ARE YOUR OWN WORST ENEMY 13 Jan 2006
By conney island baby - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is by far Bikini Kill's poppiest album, and that doesn't mean they've become tame!

I dare not say they have "matured", because their previous statements were powerful and become more true everytime you listen to them. The roar of Pussy Whipped, the prevalescence of DIY and the screech of guitars in CD Version, the stylish Singles, are milestones in the history of punk rock.

The sound of Reject All American is different from any of BKs other work. The breathtaking surfer vibe, the catchy hooks and unfogettable lines Kathleen throws at you. Bikini Kill delivers everything from compelling and tuneful slower numbers (R.I.P, For Only, False Start, Tony Randall), to our beloved fast loud fun political little pieces (Statement of Vindication, Capri Pants, No Backrub--- BEEN PROGRAMMED TO SELF DESTRUCT, Bloody Ice Cream, Finale). There's pop songs like Jet Ski and Reject All American... this album wont' wear out!

Maybe it isn't the "girls with the bad reputation" at their rawest, but they sure as hell are gonna "make you pay" anyways. Tobi's and Kathleen's vocals are as mind blowing as ever, the songwriting is every time more brilliant! only word I can find to describe it.

If you are honestly gonna judge this according to its "poppiness", you lose. Bikini Kill win. They can't lose, they're the real princesses.

My favorite tracks are Statement of Vindication, R.I.P, Jet Ski, No Backrub, Bloody Ice Cream, Distinct Complicity, and Capri Pants
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something More 28 May 2000
By Gerard Mulligan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This C.D. goes beyond words. There's something just THERE, a spirit all involved in the scene felt in our blood but was hard to communicate. That said, it could easily get over the 5 stars. But this album is a symbol of a loving period in the last few years where girl love was spread and culture was strong. With Woodstock 99, this is what I listen to for comfort. It tells me I matter. Let me ask, why can't people make this music anymore? It might be gone but it's surely not forgotten.
Perhaps the best moment is the song 'Bloody Ice Cream'. The last part of it is so smooth and clear, it epitomizes the zines and friendships I've shared. They can play fast and not go into hardcore predictable cliche. They can play slow and not be boring. To put it in other words, this is the album I've been waiting for.
The only shame is that I believe Bikini Kill were never fully recognized for all they had. But I'd like to think they wanted it that way; that we were part of a secret club of holding hands and making really great music. Buy this album, thank me later. ;D
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