Although the mainstream media often presented the early-'90s grrrl-rock phenomenon as a homogeneous mass, the uprising was divided at street level into two distinct and not always friendly camps. Bands such as Bikini Kill and Huggy Bear were the more political faction: Their lyrics dealt explicitly with gender politics, and they consciously kept themselves outside the corporate music industry. The other wing of the subculture was more interested in rock with a capital R, preferring to let their loud female guitars speak for themselves. Babes in Toyland and L7 were followed a half-step later by Hole; these bands were not above signing major-label contracts and playing the stadium game.The boundaries were fairly loose at first, but by the time Hole's Courtney Love slugged Bikini Kill's Kathleen Hanna backstage at Lollapalooza, the two camps had very little to talk about. None of this seems to matter anymore, apparently, because here come two great bands with a... More >>>