Monday, April 04, 2005

Le Tigre - I'm So Excited  

The best covers, in my book, are the ones which amplify everything that was brilliant about the original to make a song of extreme aceness, and this is a fine example. Le Tigre are the new face(s) of 'riot grrl', with some fabulous electropop thrown in. The define themselves as "feminist punk electronic" and you can't say fairer than that. The lead singer is Kathleen Hanna, who used to be in Bikini Kill, amongst other projects, and came up with the phrase "smells like teen spirit" (she sprayed it on Courtney Love's wall). So she's quite an iconic figure for kids of the early 90s. The other two members are Johanna and JD, both of whom she met in the late 90s. They're now on their 3rd full LP from which they have recently released two singles (TKO and After Dark) and on which you can hear this marvellous piece of music. It is of course a cover of the Pointers Sisters classic and they have made an already brilliant song amazing and even more fun than you would think possible. Download it! Now!

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