Oh we have a great episode for you, really….all bias aside…it’s a belter

We look at one of the longest standing and most important bands to come out of the Pacific Northwest’s Riot Grrl scene … Sleater-Kinney

We discuss sexism in the music industry, the impact a producer can have on a band, how Sleater-Kinney inspired our guests, The start of the Riot Grrrl Revolution, and obviously a bunch of records!!

Re-joining Nick and Ewan are Cheri Amour and Fliss Kitson whose early bands were heavily influenced by the work of SK, Lexicographer and huge fan Ben Zimmer, and …drumroll please… for this episode only…. the author of “Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrl Revolution” ; Sara Marcus!!!!!!!!

In this episode we discuss the following (Links are to Bandcamp)

Sleater Kinney – 1995

Call the Doctor – 1996

Dig Me Out – 1997

The Hot Rock – 1999

All Hands on the Bad One – 2000

As usual there’s a Spotify playlist incorporating the podcast and selected songs which you can find at

The Guests:

Sara’s book is amazing and can be bought in all bookshops, or online at Indiebound or Amazon Find out more about Sara Marcus, and find links to other pieces she has written at

Cheri’s many projects, from broadcaster, podcaster, journalist, to author are available at

Fliss is the drummer of the amazing Nightingales, buy some great and important music, and discover the documentary King Rocker at

Ben does loads of stuff but you can always find him in his regular column on The Wall Street Journal, or sometimes The Atlantic. Find all the links at

If you fancy supporting the show, either leave us a review somewhere (Apple Podcasts would be awesome) or ….drumroll…. JOIN OUR PATREON (and help keep the lights on, I don’t like the dark) which is over here

Regardless of whether you can chip in, a 5 star review (if you feel like it) on Apple or Podchaser would help enormously. Or just tell your friends!!

Jonathan is the genius behind our theme music and you can hear more of his stuff on his Bandcamp

Additional music in this episode by Blue Dot Sessions

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Featuring the wonderful...

Ben Zimmer

Ben Zimmer is a linguist, lexicographer, and all-around word nut. He is the language columnist for the Wall Street Journal, and you can find also find his words on words in The Atlantic, Slate, Politico, and Wired. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, where his wife and son tolerate his peculiar obsessions.

Fliss Kitson

Fliss Kitson plays drums for legendary post punk band The Nightingales

"For many people, Fliss Kitson is one of the best drummers out there. Her amazing polyrhythmic attack with the legendary Nightingales is something to behold. She truly is a remarkable player – power, precision and rhythm and imagination that has helped lift the band up to their new peak." Louder than War

Cheri Amour

Cheri Amour is a writer, editor and broadcaster intent on amplifying the voices of women and non-binary artists in print, online and on air. Her words have appeared everywhere from The Guardian and Grazia to Guitar World. She's currently working on an upcoming 33 1/3 book on the unassuming influence of South Bronx sister troupe ESG, out in Spring 2023.

Sara Marcus

Sara Marcus is assistant professor of English at the University of Notre Dame and associate editor of the Journal of Popular Music Studies. She is the author of Girls to the Front, a critical and cultural history of the 1990s punk-feminist movement Riot Grrrl.

Her essays and criticism on music, sound, literature, and art have appeared in American LiteratureArtforumBookforum, Dissent, the LA Review of Books, the Los Angeles Times, the New Republic, Public Books, and Texte zur Kunst, among other places. Marcus is currently completing a book about political disappointment in 20th-century US literature, sound, and art.

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