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16 Kick-Ass Songs To Awaken Your Inner Riot Grrl

“My guitar is not a thing. It is an extension of myself. It is who I am.” — Joan Jett

1. “They Call Me Big Mama” by Big Mama Thornton

Riot Grrl Proverb: “Call me Big Mama
Cause I weigh 300 pounds
I can rock and I can roll them
And I can really go to town.”

2. “Fujiyama Mama” by Wanda Jackson

Riot Grrl Proverb: “Cause I’m a Fujiyama Mama
and I’m just about to blow my top
And when I start erupting
ain’t nobody gonna make me stop!”

3. “Little Sister” by The Runaways

Riot Grrl Proverb: “Little sister don’t you be so straight
Let the old folks call you jailbait
This mean world it belongs to us
it can be yours so don’t hesitate.”

4. “Oh Bondage, Up Yours!” by X-Ray Spex

Riot Grrl Proverb:“Some people think little girls should be seen and not heard, but I say, OH BONDAGE UP YOURS!”

5. “Piss Factory” by Patti Smith

Riot Grrl Proverb: “I got something to hide here called desire
And I will get out of here
You know the fiery potion is just about to come
In my nose is the taste of sugar.”

6. “Typical Girl” by The Slits

Riot Grrl Proverb: “Who invented the typical girl?
Who’s bringing out the new improved model?
And there’s another marketing ploy
Typical girl gets the typical boy.”

7. “Rip Her to Shreds” by Blondie

Riot Grrl Proverb:“She looks like she don’t know better
A case of partial extreme
Dressed in a Robert Hall sweater
Acting like a soap opera queen.”

8. “Bad Reputation” by Joan Jett and The Blackhearts

Riot Grrl Proverb: “A girl can do want she wants to do and that’s what I’m gonna do!”

9. “Rebel Girl” by Bikini Kill

Riot Grrl Proverb: “That girl thinks she is the queen of the neighborhood;
I got news for you she is
They say she is a dyke but I know
she is my best friend.”

10. “Pretend We’re Dead” by L7

Riot Grrl Proverb: “Turn the tables with our unity; they’re neither moral nor majority.”

11. “Rise Up” by Skunk Anansie

Riot Grrl Proverb: “You gotta rise up, sweet woman child!”

12. “She Walks on Me” by Hole

Riot Grrl Proverb: “Geeks do not have pedigrees
Or perfect punk rock resumes
Or anorexic magazines!”

13. “Kool Gang” by Sonic Youth

Riot Grrl Proverb: “I just wanna know, what are you gonna do for me?
I mean, are you gonna liberate us girls
From male white corporate oppression?”

14. “Pearl” by Tamar Kali

Riot Grrl Proverb: “Here she comes looking pretty
Here she comes looking fine,
Her oyster walls, this big city
she is the pearl roughly confined.”

15. “Black Betty” by Divinity Roxx

Riot Grrl Proverb “Baby girl, hold on to your soul ‘cause you just might need it when it’s time to roll.”

16. “R.S.V.P.” by The Objex

Riot Grrl Proverb: “I feel it I have it my habit dynamic original sexuality
that’s right there’s just no stopping me
I take what I want I’m not afraid to flaunt
what I have inside of me.”

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