Excuse 17
924 Gillman St.
Berkeley, CA

I finished Sara Marcus’s “Girls to the Front: The True Story Of The Riot Grrrl Revolution” this past weekend so I’m declaring it Riot Grrrl week here on TSOI. Quite often while reading the book I found myself thinking it was more like reading a diary than a documentation of the riot grrrl scene. Hearing the intimate stories of friends, acquaintances and bands that I dealt with during the time of riot grrrl gave me a bit of an awkward feeling that I’m guessing the casual reader wouldn’t glean from the same book. Recalling all the in-fighting, it’s no surprise those arguments eventually brought the movement to it’s knees. Even 20 years later, as these comments on last week’s Guardian article will attest, riot grrrl is still a hotly contested topic.

But on to today’s post…here’s a great set from Becca Albee, who is referenced quite often in the book, and her band Excuse 17. It was recorded towards the end of the band’s existence and is a great high energy recording.

Track listing:
1. Sound Check
2. The Drop Dead Look
3. Code Red
4. Forever Fired
5. I’d Rather Eat Glass
6. Carson
7. This Is Not Your Wedding Song
8. 5 Acres
9. Designated Shotgun
10. Watchmaker
Download: Excuse 17 – Berkeley – 4/28/95 – 185 MB

Sample: 5 Acres (Live)
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  1. wow, what happened to TSOI? all of a sudden it went from “a very good music blog” to “freaking awesome”! every post for the last few weeks has hit me right where it counts. thank you for this one, too!

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