Nostalgia of the Week: Bratmobile/Heavens to Betsy 7″


This Bratmobile/Heavens to Betsy 7″ came out in 1992 on K Records.  It was the first I’d ever heard of either band, and it included “Cool Schmool,”  sung by the hilarious Allison Wolfe, who scolds the scene for too much fashion emphasis and the inability to be “friends for real.”  Both Allison and Molly Neuman were fresh from a Nation of Ulysees tour when they wrote this, so I guess that makes sense.

The Heavens to Betsy track is “My Secret,” a  song presumably about sexual abuse, which was a common theme for the two-piece band that included Tracy Sawyer on drums and vocals by Corin Tucker who, of course, would later form Sleater Kinney. Sigh, she’ll always be Corin from Heavens to Betsy to me.

This 7″ inch was one of the first markers of the Riot Grrrl scene, and was at least partly responsible for making Olympia matter.  In fact, if you look closely at the back of the record, you can see that fans were asked to write to a Riot Grrrl p.o. box for more info.  I know I did.

Go back in time, and listen to Bratmobile’s track:

Cool Schmool


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i haven’t seen that album in a long time. i remember reading about it in sassy magazine and had to run out and get it. what the hell happened to my copy, i’d love to know.

Comment by desiree

What is the color of shame? I think it’s red! Blood blood red!

Comment by Nathan

[…] the scene and clear up some of those misconceptions. Bands included are: Mecca Normal, Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, Raooul (yes!), Huggy Bear, Kicking Giant, Lois, Tiger Trap, and […]

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