Don't Need You

Really inspiring documentary directed by Kerri Koch.
Go to the youtube links below to watch it.
I barely knew about any of the bands before I saw this and I think you can get a lot from it and appreciate the energy without necessarily having to like the music.

"don't need you" is a documentary film that tells the story of the origins of Riot Grrrl in the American independent music scene of the 1990s, and how this feminist movement evolved into a revolutionary underground network of education and self-awareness through music, writing, activism, and women-friendly community. The film gives audiences a chance to meet key figures in the development of Riot Grrrl and see for themselves how these women have changed the history of music and feminism forever. The film features one-on-one interviews interspersed with rare, archival materials, including original Riot Grrrl fanzines, flyers, and photographs, as well as seldom seen footage from pioneering Riot Grrrl bands like Bikini Kill, Heavens to Betsy, and Bratmobile.



Give up

There's no use


Brings more abuse


Directed by Andrzej Zulawski


Show me your healing hands,

It's gone from me.

Patient doesn't feel too good,

Patient doesn't see the sunlight through the bandages.

Even when I close my eyes, it's all gone.


At A Loss

Photos by Annie Vallis
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Perfectly Flawed









Sissy Spacek

Harry Pussy

Purple Cobra

The Flying Luttenbachers

If It Feels Good It Must Be Right

The Art Of Laurie Lipton

Making Out in the Back Seat

Delusion Dwellers

The Fourth Horseman

The Sleep of Reason

Prime Time

Facing Up To Reality


When Evening Hits the Suburbs

Leashed Passion


Collateral Damage

Death and the Maiden

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Dying With Every Step I Take
But I Don't Look Back

"I'm a total stranger to myself, except sometimes when I get reminded".

A stranger to herself and to the rest of us. Of the thousands (millions?) who have been exposed to the influence of that first Velvet Underground album through the ages, only a fraction will have pursued the thread of Nico's subsequent adventures beyond that band. Possibly because her solo career involved just half a dozen seldom heard studio albums, all on separate labels, spread over two decades spent struggling to avoid total obscurity. Possibly because the tragedy of her personal life is no secret; from the glamour of being a fashion model in 50's Paris, and Andy Warhol's New York art scene in the 60's, to the mother addicted to heroin in 80's Manchester. But most likely because Nico's music is a forbidden forest, a no-go zone for those of weak spirit and frail soul. Like Lester Bangs once commented, "I don't know if I would classify it as oppressive or depressing, but I do know that Nico's music scares the shit out of me.

Born Christa Paffgen, she became Nico in her transformation to actress and model. Suprisingly she then left the comfortable world of fashion to join The Velvet Underground. A band whose subjects for songs were drugs and sado-masochism, in a time of flower children, peace and love, and all that other hippy bullshit. Not the last time Nico would go against the grain despite what people thought of her.
After splitting from them in 1967, Nico released her first solo record, Chelsea Girl, but later denounced it, unhappy with it's production.
At various times she was lovers with Brian Jones, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Lou Reed, and Iggy Pop. She did peyote with Jim Morrison in the desert outside LA, they sliced open their thumbs together and swapped blood. He encouraged her to record the music of her soul and she took this inspiration into her next album, The Marble Index.

The music now had no flowery decoration or 60's psychedelia but a timeless dramatic Wagnerian gothic bleakness, usually made by just her voice and the dischordant infinities of a harmonium she'd learnt to play. John Cale from VU helped direct the production and arrangement aswell as contributing noise and drones with Brian Eno sometimes. The results were songs burning with desire and despair.

The album was released with 8 of the 12 songs recorded. The record company thought that any longer than 30 minutes of Nico's music was too intense for anyone to listen to. "After it was finished, we genuinely thought people would kill themselves" says engineer Frazier Mohawk. "Marble Index isn't a record you listen to; it's a hole you fall into."

The albums Desertshore and The End followed.
Touring Germany in her later years, Nico would sing the banned national anthem and get bombarded with seat cushions.
“If I had a gun,” she said, “I would shoot you all.”

Then one day in 1988, aged just 45 and dressed in the dark fabrics that she favored, she went for a bicycle ride on the Spanish island of Ibiza.
Later, she was found by the side of the road, after suffering a brain haemorrage.

Taken from various sources.

sung by Nico's son Ari.