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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

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1. "They Call Me Big Mama" by Big Mama Thornton

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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

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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!"

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3. "Little Sister" by The Runaways

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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."

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8. "Bad Reputation" by Joan Jett and The Blackhearts

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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

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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

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Riot Grrl Proverb: "Turn the tables with our unity; they're neither moral nor majority."

11. "Rise Up" by Skunk Anansie

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

12. "She Walks on Me" by Hole

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Riot Grrl Proverb: "Geeks do not have pedigrees

Or perfect punk rock resumes

Or anorexic magazines!"

13. "Kool Gang" by Sonic Youth

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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

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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

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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

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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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