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Babes in Toyland


Little girls, it turns out, are not made out of sugar, spice and everything nice. Not grrrls like Babes in Toyland, anyway. These guitar packin' mamas are wholly composed of rage, unbridled aggression, and enough in-your-face attitude to send all those snake, snail and puppy dog tail-based life forms scurrying for a safe spot to hide. Largely based on the success of the scathing "Bruise Violet" in 1993 (which, oddly enough, gained fame partly due to the video's inclusion in a Beavis and Butthead episode), a song supposedly written about Bjelland's ex-bandmate Courtney Love, BIT became poster girls for foxcore and female rage. Although bands like Hole have surpassed the Babes in popularity, they remain among the grittiest of the girls-with-guitars grungesters.

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