This is the Seattle punk band's first album. You're hearing: Selene Vigil, vocals; Stefanie Sargent, guitar; Elizabeth Davis, bass; and Valerie Agnew, drums. Stephanie Sargent died in 1992 and the band subsequently had two other guitarists.
Rock band out of Los Angeles. You're hearing the four original members on this track: Donita Sparks – vocals, guitar; Suzi Gardner – guitar, vocals; Jennifer Finch – bass, vocals; Demetra Plakas – drums, vocals. The band reformed in 2014 with these same members.
Awkwafina is the stage name of Nora Lum, from Forest Hills, Queens, New York. This song is really mean, but it's also really funny. Like the lyrics testify, "Awkwafina is a genius." See the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z726OPwCnjE
Janet Reno was the first woman Attorney General of the United States, appointed by President Bill Clinton. She was first a comical then a tragic figure, though that assessment is controversial. She was the Attorney Generel during the disastrous and deadly raid of the Branch Dravidian camp in Waco, Texas. This song also reveals the origin of the rapper's name--she's "named after water," specifically the Coke brand bottled water Aquafina.
Balaclava-wearing sensation Leileki47 will be playing The Sinclair in Cambridge on April 1st. You can see her play the NPR Tiny Desk Concert here: https://www.npr.org/2019/03/08/701525506/leikeli47-tiny-desk-concert
Ruth Copeland was born in 1946 in Consett, in the North-East of England. Based in the United States since the 1960s, she's known for her collaborations with George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic. This song is posted to YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3IN5wRkRWk; I can't find it online anywhere else. It's a cover of the Rolling Stone song by the same name from 1965, given a US release on their fourth album.
Vivien Goldman was born in London in 1954. This track was recorded in Paris when Goldman was part of the new wave scene. She later became a journalist and music professor at NYU, known by her students as "The Punk Professor." This is an anti-war, anti-fascist protest song. It's also a sendup of violence as equated with masculinity. My favorite line is: "If you can't get a hard-on, get a gun."