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Le Tigre – Le Tigre (1999)

September 26, 2015

September
(Lovely Logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming)

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Songstress #1: Loretta Lynn

Songstress #2: Neneh Cherry

Songstress #3: Dusty Springfield

Songstress #4: Dolly Parton

Songstress(es) #5: Le Tigre

[Album 425/1001]

If I’d only listened to Le Tigre’s self-titled debut once, this would have been a very different post.Le_Tigre_(album)

It likely would have featured a Zoolander ‘Le Tigre’ pose and general indifference in terms of any specific comments.

Though I may have quoted their tune The The Empty, “I went to your concert and I didn’t feel anything,” as representative of my experience.

Which may be partly why I insist on listening to records twice (or more) as first impressions can be deceiving.

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At some point during the second through fifth listens, I changed my tune.

The at times blasé vocal delivery started to contrast nicely with the considerably more energetic accompaniment.

I started to pay much more attention to the lyrics and unlike the Le-tigre-pose-striking Derek Zoolander, these ladies have plenty to say that’s worth hearing.

Deceptacon felt like a sure-fire single, I’m surprised the lead-off track wasn’t also the album’s lead single.

Though I suppose releasing the album’s strongest song (and likely among the strongest songs from ’99), Hot Topic, wasn’t a bad choice either.

I’m always fascinated to hear about artist influences and in Hot Topic, Le Tigre name-checked dozens of influential artists.

While I was familiar with some, many others were new to me, so it was both an educational & enjoyable listening and learning experience.

The album worked really well as a running soundtrack; while one could say it started stronger than it finished, the same could easily be said for most of my races!

And even if there was some front-loading, to borrow a line from Hot Topic, “don’t give a damn I’m listening anyway.”

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14 Comments
  1. I’ve never heard of these ladies!

  2. I think they’re a brilliant band, it’s all great!

  3. I hadn’t heard of them either. I listened to Bikini Kill online and found a documentary about Kathleen Hanna, the lead singer. Controversy even in the context of punk rock.
    Thanks for the introduction, Geoff!

    • I find this is the type of ‘punk’ I like – simple, quick song structures with lyrics worth hearing!

  4. This is a band I always meant to check out at some point but never got around to. Maybe soon.

    • Worth a listen – I wouldn’t say drop everything and listen now, but I wouldn’t put it off too long either!

  5. I’ve never heard this one! I have a different Le Tigre album, This Island. I have yet to hear it too!

    Apparently I need to get onto this band. Thanks for the reminder (and the heads-up)!

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