Rebel Girl

Bikini Kill

About Rebel Girl

"Rebel Girl" is a song by American punk rock band Bikini Kill. The song was released in three different recorded versions in 1993 – on an EP, an LP, and a 7-inch single. The single version was produced by Joan Jett and features her on guitar and background vocals. Widely considered a classic example of punk music, the song remains emblematic of the riot grrrl movement of the 1990s.


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1992
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That girl thinks she's the queen of the neighborhood
She's got the hottest trike in town
That girl she holds her head up so high
I think I want to be her best friend, yeah

Rebel girl rebel girl
Rebel girl you are the queen of my world
Rebel girl rebel girl
I think I want to take you home
I want to try on your clothes

When she talks, I hear the revolution
In her hips, there's revolutions
When she walks, the revolution's coming
In her kiss, I taste the revolution!

Rebel girl rebel girl
Rebel girl you are the queen of my world
Rebel girl rebel girl
I know I want to take you home
I want to try on your clothes

That girl thinks she's the queen of the neighborhood
I got news for you, she is!
They say she's a dyke but I know
She is my best friend yeah

Rebel girl rebel girl
Rebel girl you are the queen of my world
Rebel girl rebel girl
I know I want to take you home
I want to try on your clothes

Love you like a sister, always
Soul sister, blood sister
Come and be my best friend, really
Rebel girl
I really like you, I really want to be your best friend
Be my rebel girl

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Bikini Kill

Bikini Kill was an American punk rock band formed in Olympia, Washington in October 1990. The group consisted of vocalist and songwriter Kathleen Hanna, guitarist Billy Karren, bassist Kathi Wilcox, and drummer Tobi Vail. The band is widely considered to be the pioneer of the riot grrrl movement, and was notorious for its radical feminist lyrics and fiery performances. Their music is characteristically abrasive and hardcore-influenced. After two full-length albums, several EPs and two compilations, they disbanded in 1997. more »

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Written by: Kathleen Hanna, Billy Karren, Tobi Vail, Kathi Wilcox

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12 facts about this song

Song Title and Artist
"Rebel Girl" is a song by the punk rock band Bikini Kill. The version featuring Joan Jett on production and additional vocals was released in 1993.
Band Formation and Style
Bikini Kill was a punk rock band that formed in 1990 in Olympia, Washington. They were known for their aggressive style and feminist lyrics.
Song Theme
"Rebel Girl" is an anthemic track which celebrates the empowerment of women, aligning with the band's feminist ideologies.
Joan Jett Contribution
Joan Jett, a successful rock musician known for her work with the Runaways and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, co-produced and provided additional vocals for "Rebel Girl".
Commercial Success
Despite its popularity within the punk rock scene, "Rebel Girl" never achieved major commercial success. However, it's often cited as Bikini Kill's most recognizable song.
Influential Impact
The song continues to inspire and empower women today. Its influence can be seen in the works of contemporary punk bands and its use in media as a feminist anthem.
Album Release
"Rebel Girl" was featured on the Bikini Kill EP "New Radio" released in 1993.
Band Influence
Bikini Kill is commonly associated with the riot grrrl movement, a feminist punk rock movement that began in the early 1990s. "Rebel Girl" embodies this movement with its defiant lyrics and alternative sound.
Legacy
In 2019, Bikini Kill reunited for a tour, and "Rebel Girl" continues to be a staple in their performances.
Cultural Reference
"Rebel Girl" has seen significant media exposure over the years, appearing in movies, TV shows, and advertisements, reinforcing its standing as a powerful cultural and feminist symbol.
Critical Reception
The song has been praised by critics for its aggressive instrumentals paired with its raw and empowering lyrics.
Song Recognition
In 2020, "Rebel Girl" was named one of the greatest feminist anthems ever recorded by NME.

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