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Babes In Toyland


Groupe de musique Rock Alternatif Punk des États-Unis formé en 1987


Babes in Toyland were an American punk rock band formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1987. The band was founded by vocalist and guitarist Kat Bjelland, a native of Oregon, along with drummer Lori Barbero and bassist Michelle Leon, who was later replaced by Maureen Herman in 1992.

Babes in Toyland released three studio albums: Spanking Machine (1990), followed by the commercially successful Fontanelle (1992), and Nemesisters (1995), before becoming inactive in 1997 and eventually disbanding in 2001. While the band was inspirational to some performers in the riot grrrl movement in the Pacific Northwest, Babes in Toyland never associated themselves with the movement.

In 2014, the band reunited, and the following year began performing live together for the first time in over a decade. They completed an international tour throughout 2015, during which bassist Herman was fired and replaced with Clara Salyer.

History

1987–91: Formation and early years

Babes in Toyland formed in 1987, after frontwoman Kat Bjelland met drummer Lori Barbero at a friend's barbecue. Originally from Woodburn, Oregon and a former resident of San Francisco, Bjelland had moved to Minneapolis to form a band. Bjelland was a self-taught guitarist, and at the time Barbero had no experience playing any instruments. Bjelland commented: "Hopefully, from being technically inexperienced, you can use your imagination, and play the drums like an instrument instead of just being a beat-keeper. And play the bass like you feel it, from your gut, instead of saying, 'Here's my scales.'" In its initial formation in 1987, in addition to Bjelland and Barbero, the band included Kris Holetz on bass and singer Cindy Russell.Following the departures of Holetz and Russell, it was believed that the band briefly recruited Bjelland's friend and former bandmate, Courtney Love, on bass, as Love claimed to have been "kicked out" of the band. However, during a 2015 interview, Bjelland and Barbero refuted this, with Barbero stating: "She lived in my house, and one time I think when we were rehearsing she came down and probably picked up something and tried to play and we were just like, "get out of here." However, Michelle Leon, who was hired as the group's bass player, claimed that she was briefly replaced by Love as bassist shortly after joining. After the group rehearsed with Love on "a couple" of occasions, Leon stated Barbero called her and asked her to re-join the band. It has been noted that several songs from the Babes In Toyland's debut album shared lyrics and verses with several songs by Hole, most notably Hole's first several singles, including b-sides from "Retard Girl" and "Dicknail".

The group began performing shows at local art galleries and other venues in late 1987. Local journalist Jon Bream recalled: "They were a sort of loud, abrasive, angry, obnoxious thing at first and very amateurish in a sense. And then they developed over time into something that was pretty amazing...The shows just seemed to make more sense. There was a focus there...They were able to connect with the audience." In 1989, they released their first single, "Dust Cake Boy", through Sub Pop records' singles club in 1989. The band entered the studio in 1989 to record their debut album, Spanking Machine, which was recorded with grunge producer Jack Endino at Seattle's Reciprocal Recording and released in April 1990 on Minneapolis' Twin/Tone Records. The album caught the attention of underground rock band Sonic Youth, whose frontman Thurston Moore invited the band to perform on Sonic Youth's 1990 European tour to promote their latest album, Goo. Babes in Toyland subsequently performed alongside Sonic Youth at 1991's Reading Festival, which was documented in Dave Markey's music documentary, 1991: The Year Punk Broke.

British DJ John Peel was also a fan of the album, citing it as his "favourite album of 1990." During the band's tour with Sonic Youth in 1990, Babes in Toyland recorded a radio session for John Peel, one of the many Peel Sessions. The band also completed a second session with Peel in 1991, and the sessions were released as The Peel Sessions — the band's second EP — in 1992. Their first EP, To Mother, was composed of outtakes from Spanking Machine and was released in July 1991; To Mother was a commercial success, entering the UK Indie Chart at number one, and remaining in the top position for ten weeks.

1992–95: Mainstream success

After touring in 1991, the band entered the studio for a second time to record their major label follow-up to Spanking Machine. Bassist Michelle Leon left the group in early 1992, shortly after the death of her boyfriend, Joe Cole. Maureen Herman was recruited as her replacement. With this new line-up, the band signed with Warner Bros.'s Reprise Records. Their second studio album, Fontanelle was recorded in Cannon Falls, Minnesota and in New York City, and featured production from Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo. Fontanelle was released in 1992, and sold over 250,000 copies in the United States alone. The lead single on the album, "Bruise Violet," is said to be an attack on Courtney Love. However, Bjelland denied this, saying instead that "Violet" was the name of a muse to both her and Love. A music video for "Bruise Violet" was shot in the SoHo loft of photographer Cindy Sherman, who also appears in the video as Bjelland's doppelganger. Sherman's photos appear on the covers of Fontanelle and the group's second EP, Painkillers, and the imagery was recreated on stage banners with the artist's permission.In 1993, the band was chosen to take part in that year's Lollapalooza tour, playing alongside such acts as Primus, Alice in Chains, Dinosaur Jr. and Rage Against the Machine. During dates at Lollapalooza, the band released their third and final EP, Painkillers, in June 1993. In 1994, journalist Neal Karlen began writing Babes in Toyland: The Making and Selling of a Rock and Roll Band, which dealt with the band's signing to Warner and the recording of Fontanelle. Commenting on the book in retrospect, Bjelland said: "I feel bad for [Karlen]. He told me he lost a lot of his notes halfway through, and he spent his advance. So he made a lot of it up. Part of it’s true. But a lot of it’s not. He’s apologized."On April 8, 1994, Babes in Toyland played a benefit show for Rock Against Domestic Violence with 7 Year Bitch, and Jack Off Jill in Miami at the Cameo Theater, the same day lead-singer of American grunge rock band Nirvana, Kurt Cobain, had been found dead in his Seattle home. Around the same time, the band were featured on the cover of Entertainment Weekly, and were referenced in a 1995 episode of the sitcom RoseanneIn May 1995, the band released their final album, Nemesisters. The album received mixed reviews, with Lorraine Ali of Spin writing: "With Nemesisters, Babes in Toyland's molten core seems to have somewhat solidified; this album ultimately lacks the conviction, depth, and even direction of its predecessors." The band described the recording process of the album "diverse", "experimental" and "spontaneous" and that the writing and recording process was "very different" as the band were working under pressure. Tours for the album took place throughout Europe - notably with a date at Denmark's Roskilde Festival - the United States, and Australia.

1996–2001: Herman's departure, Katastrophy Wife and breakup

The band lost their contract with their record label when Herman left the band due to hip problems in 1996. Dana Cochrane, formerly of the band Mickey Finn, played bass with the band on live gigs in 1996 and 1997. Original bassist Michelle Leon briefly rejoined the band for a short period in 1997, when Babes in Toyland were constantly breaking up and reforming and planning on releasing a fourth studio album. In 1998, the band was credited with the song Overtura: Astroantiquity/Attacatastrophy on the CD Songs of the Witchblade: A Soundtrack to the Comic Book, which Bjelland co-produced. Bjelland and Barbero played with a new bassist, Jessie Farmer, in 2000.However, a year earlier, Bjelland had formed a new band, Katastrophy Wife. Babes in Toyland performed a reunion show billed as "The Last Tour" on November 21, 2001–which was released as a live album called Minneapolism–and this was not only the last Babes in Toyland show, but also the last official activity at the time. Bjelland played a number of shows in Europe in 2002 under the title Babes in Toyland with a new drummer and bassist from the British band Angelica; however, Bjelland stopped using the name after Barbero and Herman raised legal issues.

2014–2020: Reunion, tour and second breakup

In an interview with Lancer Radio at Pasadena College on July 26, 2014, Kat Bjelland and Maureen Herman confirmed that they were getting back together to write new material and play shows. They played their first reunion show in Pioneertown, California at Pappy And Harriet's Pioneertown Palace on February 10, 2015. They played their second show at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles, California on February 12, 2015. They were introduced by Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine who recalled on his experiences performing with the band at Lollapalooza in 1993. The show's other celebrity guests included Patty Schemel, Eric Erlandson, Brody Dalle, and Donita Sparks.The band embarked on an international tour in May 2015, beginning with shows in England, Scotland, Spain, and Italy, followed by a North American tour, which included performances at Seattle's Bumbershoot festival and the Montreal Pop festival. In Minneapolis, where the band formed, the trio played on the Walker Art Center's lawn for the two-day Rock the Garden festival, June 20–21, 2015.

In August 2015, midway through the band's tour, bassist Herman was fired from the band, for originally unspecified reasons, and replaced with Clara Salyer. In December 2015, Herman claimed the reason she had been asked to leave the band was due to an article she had written for the website Boing Boing on the sexual assault of Runaways bassist Jackie Fox by manager Kim Fowley in 1975 and Joan Jett's denial of having witnessed it. Herman stated that because of Barbero's business connections with Jett–namely Barbero producing an album for a band under Jett's record label, Blackheart Records–Herman was kicked out of the band. Barbero responded in a subsequent interview: It’s just really fucked up. Kat and I have not said a bad word about her, and we wish her the best. It just makes me really sad, because we have so much history together. It’s honestly not what we wanted to happen. Do you think we wanted to fire our bass player? It’s not a fun thing to do. Two months before we let her go, Kat and I were so upset we couldn’t eat, we couldn’t sleep–we really didn’t want to do it, but we didn’t have any other choice. There are many, many, many reasons, but of course she’s making it so it’s our deal, like she did nothing wrong at all. Time heals all, but I don’t think there’s enough time for this one.

In May 2020, Lori Barbero confirmed on the podcast Conan Neutron's Protonic Reversal that Babes In Toyland once again broke up and there was very little chance of further reunions.

Legacy

Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote of the band: "Babes in Toyland is about as harsh as rock music gets–guitarist Kat Bjelland screams and thrashes her guitar to the gut-pounding, throttling beat of bassist Maureen Herman and drummer Lori Barbero... the all-female trio offer no escape from their strongly female-oriented, but not necessarily feminist, rock." Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill said in a 2010 interview: "Babes in Toyland was a band that was hugely important to us and we were like, God if only we could play awesome shows like Babes in Toyland.".The band has been honored with a star on the outside mural of the Minneapolis nightclub First Avenue, recognizing performers that have played sold-out shows or have otherwise demonstrated a major contribution to the culture at the iconic venue. Receiving a star "might be the most prestigious public honor an artist can receive in Minneapolis," according to journalist Steve Marsh.

Members

Final lineup

Kat Bjelland – lead vocals, guitars (1987–2001, 2014–2020)

Lori Barbero – drums, backing vocals (1987–2001, 2014–2020)

Clara Salyer – bass (2015–2020)

Former

Maureen Herman – bass (1992-1996, 2014–2015)

Jessie Farmer – bass (1997–2001)

Michelle Leon – bass (1987-1992)

Cindy Russell – lead vocals (1987)

Kris Holetz – bass (1987)Timeline

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Membres du groupe :   Clara Salyer, Lori Barbero, Kat Bjelland, Jessie Farmer, Margaret Dunne, Maureen Herman, Michelle Leon, Dana Cochrane




- Discographie -

33 albums

Babes In Toyland - The Complete Albums 1990-1995 (explicit)

The Complete Albums 1990-1995 (explicit)

2020 - États-Unis
Rock Alternatif, Grunge
Digital MP353 Pistes
Warner Music Group, X5 Music Group


Babes In Toyland - Redeux

Redeux

2016 - États-Unis
Grunge
Vinyle 12"18 Pistes
Blank Recording Co


Babes In Toyland - The Best Of Babes In Toyland And Kat Bjelland

The Best Of Babes In Toyland And Kat Bjelland

2004 - États-Unis
Rock Alternatif
CD, DVD Album Compilation52 Pistes
Warner Strategic Marketing


Babes In Toyland - Fair Is Foul And Foul Is Fair

Fair Is Foul And Foul Is Fair

2003 - États-Unis
Punk, Rock Alternatif, Noise
Album CD Compilation41 Pistes
The Devils Own Jukebox


Babes In Toyland - Viled

Viled

2001 - États-Unis
Rock Alternatif
Album CD Compilation18 Pistes
Almafame


Babes In Toyland - Collector

Collector's Item

2001 - États-Unis
Punk
Album CD Compilation15 Pistes
Brilliant


Babes In Toyland - The BBC John Peel Sessions 1990-92

The BBC John Peel Sessions 1990-92

2001 - États-Unis
Rock Alternatif, Grunge
Album CD Compilation16 Pistes
Cherry Red


Babes In Toyland - The Further Adventures Of Babes In Toyland

The Further Adventures Of Babes In Toyland

2001 - États-Unis
Punk
Album CD Compilation19 Pistes
Fuel 2000


Babes In Toyland - Intermenstral

Intermenstral

2001 - États-Unis
Rock Alternatif, Indie Rock
CD, Box Set Album Compilation54 Pistes
Dressed To Kill


Babes In Toyland - Minneapolism (Live For The Last Time)

Minneapolism (Live For The Last Time)

2001 - États-Unis
Rock Alternatif
Album CD17 Pistes
Cherry Red


Babes In Toyland - Natural Babe Killers

Natural Babe Killers

2000 - États-Unis
Punk, Rock Alternatif
Album CD Compilation18 Pistes
Snapper Music, Recall 2cd


Babes In Toyland - Devil

Devil

2000 - États-Unis
Grunge
Album CD Compilation17 Pistes
Almafame


Babes In Toyland - Lived

Lived

2000 - États-Unis
Punk, Rock Alternatif
Album CD Compilation18 Pistes
Almafame


Babes In Toyland - Sweet

Sweet '69 & EPK (Electronic Press Kit)

1995 - États-Unis
Punk
VHS Promo1 Pistes
Reprise Records


Babes In Toyland - We Are Family

We Are Family

1995 - États-Unis
Rock Alternatif, Dub, Grunge
CD Single5 Pistes
Reprise Records


Babes In Toyland - Sweet

Sweet '69

1995 - États-Unis
Punk, Grunge, Prog Rock
Vinyle 10"3 Pistes
Reprise Records


Babes In Toyland - Nemesisters

Nemesisters

1995 - États-Unis
Rock Alternatif, Grunge
Vinyle 12"14 Pistes
Reprise Records


Babes In Toyland - Spanking Machine + To Mother

Spanking Machine + To Mother

1993 - États-Unis
Grunge
Album CD Compilation18 Pistes
Seven Seas


Babes In Toyland - He

He's My Thing

1993 - États-Unis
Punk, Rock Alternatif, Grunge
CD Single2 Pistes
Reprise Records


Babes In Toyland - Dystopia

Dystopia

1993 - États-Unis
Grunge
Album CD Compilation20 Pistes
Insipid Vinyl, Twin/tone Records


Babes In Toyland - Catatonic / Death, Agonies & Screams

Catatonic / Death, Agonies & Screams

1993 - États-Unis
Hardcore, Punk, Grunge
Vinyle 7"2 Pistes
Insipid Vinyl


Babes In Toyland - Painkillers

Painkillers

1993 - États-Unis
Punk, Rock Alternatif
Vinyle 12"17 Pistes
Southern Records


Babes In Toyland - Selected Tracks From The Forthcoming Album "Fontanelle"

Selected Tracks From The Forthcoming Album "Fontanelle"

1992 - États-Unis
Cassette Promo4 Pistes
Southern Records


Babes In Toyland - Live At The Academy

Live At The Academy

1992 - États-Unis
Rock Alternatif, Grunge
CD Promo12 Pistes
Reprise Records


Babes In Toyland - Bruise Violet

Bruise Violet

1992 - États-Unis
Rock Alternatif, Grunge
Vinyle 7"3 Pistes
Southern Records


Babes In Toyland - The Peel Sessions

The Peel Sessions

1992 - États-Unis
Rock Alternatif
Vinyle 10"10 Pistes
Strange Fruit


Babes In Toyland - Fontanelle

Fontanelle

1992 - États-Unis
Rock Alternatif, Noise
Album CD15 Pistes
Reprise Records


Babes In Toyland - Handsome And Gretel / Pearl

Handsome And Gretel / Pearl

1991 - États-Unis
Rock Alternatif, Grunge
Vinyle 7"2 Pistes
Insipid Vinyl


Babes In Toyland - To Mother

To Mother

1991 - États-Unis
Grunge
Vinyle 12"7 Pistes
Twin/tone Records


Babes In Toyland - House b/w Arriba

House b/w Arriba

1990 - États-Unis
Rock Alternatif
Vinyle 7"2 Pistes
Sub Pop


Babes In Toyland - Spanking Machine

Spanking Machine

1990 - États-Unis
Grunge
Vinyle 12"11 Pistes
Twin/tone Records


Babes In Toyland - Dust Cake Boy / Spit To See The Shine

Dust Cake Boy / Spit To See The Shine

1989 - États-Unis
Rock Alternatif, Grunge
Vinyle 7"2 Pistes
Treehouse Records


Babes In Toyland - Demo

Demo

1988 - États-Unis
Punk
Cassette EP7 Pistes





- Vidéos Babes In Toyland -

58 Vidéos

Spanking Machine 06 Dogg
Babes In Toyland
Babes In Toyland He's My Thing ‌‌ - Bohemia Afterdark
Babes In Toyland
Spanking Machine 01 Swamp Pussy
Babes In Toyland
Spanking Machine
Babes In Toyland
Bruise Violet
Babes In Toyland
Sweet 69
Babes In Toyland
Fontanelle LP (Review)
Babes In Toyland
Real Eyes
Babes In Toyland
Handsome & Gretel
Babes In Toyland
Fontanelle [Full Album]
Babes In Toyland
Won't Tell (Video)
Babes In Toyland
Babes In Toyland - Painkillers E.P.
Babes In Toyland
Babes In Toyland- Angel Hair (Live at CBGB's)
Babes In Toyland
The Peel Sessions [Full EP]
Babes In Toyland
House b/w Arriba - 45 Single
Babes In Toyland
Arriba
Babes In Toyland
House
Babes In Toyland
Handsome and Gretel b/w Pearl - 45 Single
Babes In Toyland
Handsome + Gretel - Babes in Toyland
Babes In Toyland
Dust Cake Boy b/w Spit To See The Shine - 45 Single
Babes In Toyland
Bruise Violet (Video)
Babes In Toyland
To Mother 06 Ripe
Babes In Toyland
To Mother 02 Mad Pilot
Babes In Toyland
To Mother 03 Primus
Babes In Toyland
To Mother 07 The Quiet Room
Babes In Toyland
To Mother 04 Laugh My Head Off
Babes In Toyland
To Mother 05 - Spit to See the Shine
Babes In Toyland
To Mother 01 Catatonic
Babes In Toyland
Spanking Machine 01 Swamp Pussy
Babes In Toyland
Swamp Pussy
Babes In Toyland
Sweet '69
Babes In Toyland
Babes In Toyland We Are Family
Babes In Toyland
He's My Thing (Video)
Babes In Toyland
He's My Thing (Video)
Babes In Toyland
Bubble Bubble, Toil And Trouble
Babes In Toyland
Pain in My Heart
Babes In Toyland
Magic Flute
Babes In Toyland
Sweet 69
Babes In Toyland
Handsome + Gretel
Babes In Toyland
Right Now
Babes In Toyland
"We Are Family"
Babes In Toyland
To Mother 01 Catatonic
Babes In Toyland
The Peel Sessions [Full EP]
Babes In Toyland
Sweet '69 (Live at Rock The Garden)
Babes In Toyland
Sweet '69 (Video)
Babes In Toyland
Swamp Pussy
Babes In Toyland
Angel Hair
Babes In Toyland
Pearl
Babes In Toyland
Ariel (album version)
Babes In Toyland
Catatonic
Babes In Toyland
Bruise Violet - Reading Festival 1993 Stereo HD
Babes In Toyland
Ripe
Babes In Toyland
"Bruise Violet"
Babes In Toyland
Won't Tell (Video)
Babes In Toyland
Right Now (live Reading Festival 1993)
Babes In Toyland
Bruise Violet (Live at Rock The Garden)
Babes In Toyland
To mother (full album)
Babes In Toyland
Primus - live Toronto 1990
Babes In Toyland




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