Illustration for article titled Happy Birthday, Corin Tucker

On this date in 1972, Corin Tucker, one of the pioneering members of the Riot Grrrl movement of the 1990's and arguably one of the best vocalists in punk rock history, was born. Tucker is a founding member of both Heavens to Betsy and Sleater-Kinney, two all-female bands that utilized the punk rock medium as a means to give a voice to the underground feminist movement of the era. The mainstream media failed to recognize the true intentions of the Riot Grrrl movement, however, as Tucker noted in the Riot Grrrl Retrospective documentary: "I think it was deliberate that we were made to look like we were just ridiculous girls parading around in our underwear. They refused to do serious interviews with us, they misprinted what we had to say, they would take our articles, and our fanzines, and our essays and take them out of context. We wrote a lot about sexual abuse and sexual assault for teenagers and young women. I think those are really important concepts that the media never addressed." Though Sleater-Kinney split in 2006, their legacy remains, paving the way for other women to make their voice heard in the loudest way possible by starting a band of their own. As Tucker herself once said, "We just want to say that we're not here to fuck the band. We are the band." A sample of Tucker's work, after the jump.

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Sometimes I think I broke the band up. They ended six months after I discovered them, and the same thing happened with Le Tigre :(

/delusions of grandeur