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Babes in Toyland (band)

Babes in Toyland were a riot grrl band, formed in Minneapolis in 1988. The band comprised Kat Bjelland[?] (guitar & vocals), Lori Barbero[?] (drums) and Michelle Leon[?] (bass - replaced by Maureen Herman[?] in 1992, Herman left the group in 1996).

The band achieved notoriety through the "baby doll" (kinderwhore) image of Kat Bjelland, dramatically contrasted by the raw power of her singing voice and the aggressive nature of the lyrics. Their fame peaked in 1993 when they took part in Lollapalooza[?]. Their song "Bruise Violet", from the album Fontanelle, is a wholesale character assassination of Courtney Love of fellow group Hole.

The band split and reformed throughout the 1990s. Bjelland went on to form Katastrophy Wife in 2000 and later Angelica.

Albums: Spanking Machine (1989, Twin Tone Records), To Mother EP (1991, Twin Tone Records), Fontanelle (1992, Southern Records / Reprise Records), Painkillers EP (1993, Reprise Records), Nemesisters (1995, Reprise Records). A number of live albums have also been released.

Book: Babes in Toyland: The Making and selling of a Rock 'n' Roll Band (1994) by Neal Karlen

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