Babes in Toyland

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: grunge riot grrrl female vocalists punk rock alternative 90s Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s


This hardcore rock trio spearheaded a new wave of US female bands at the turn of the 90s. Their origins can be traced back to 1987, when Kat Bjelland (Katherine Bjelland, 8 December 1963, Salem, Oregon, USA; vocals/guitar) moved to Minneapolis. Previously, she had played in a band, Sugar Baby Doll, with Courtney Love (later of Hole) and Jennifer Finch (later of L7) in San Francisco. Bjelland and Love formed Babes In Toyland with Lori Barbero (b. 27 November 1961, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; drums/vocals), but following one rehearsal Love was replaced by Michelle Leon (bass). The trio first came to prominence at the legendary singles club at Sub Pop Records, then made a lasting impression on a European support tour with Sonic Youth. A debut album, produced by Jack Endino, was recorded live with the vocals overdubbed. Soon afterwards, WEA Records A&R representative Tim Carr saw the band live in Minneapolis and was impressed. After signing to the label, they...

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