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  • Audio CD (Oct. 10 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mr. Lady Records
  • ASIN: B00005O7U0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,805 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. LT Tour Theme
2. Shred A
3. Fake French
4. FYR
5. On Guard
6. Much Finer
7. Dyke March 2001
8. Tres Bien
9. Well Well Well
10. TGIF
11. My Art
12. Cry For Everything Bad That's Ever Happened
13. Keep On Livin'

Product Description


Feminist Sweepstakes is the second Le Tigre album, and Kathleen Hanna's most direct political statement yet. Irascible femme-punk firebrand Kathleen Hanna has never been the sort to take a seat on the ideological fence, but pretty much her entire recorded canon wilts like a shrinking violet in the face of Feminist Sweepstakes. Dedicated to "the ladies and the fags", Feminist Sweepstakes--released on the label of kindred electro-pop spirits Chicks On Speed--lays out its manifesto with a righteous zeal: these 13 tracks cover everything from the death of feminism ("FYR") and take-back-the-power lesbian militancy ("Dyke March 2001") to gender politics on the dancefloor ("LT Tour Theme") and the drudgery of wage slavery when "your boss is an asshole" ("TGIF"). But where, in Bikini Kill, Hanna dealt primarily in screechy punk-rock, Le Tigre mine a seam that tethers distorted vocals and treble-heavy guitars to the clatter of beatboxes and electronic loops. Sadly, there's nothing here to contend with the ballsy dancefloor pop rush of "Hot Topic", Le Tigre's flagship tune from the trio's eponymous 2000 debut. Still, it's refreshing that it's still all right for grrrls to get angry: in a world of half-arsed plagiarists and apathetic musical journeymen, Le Tigre are the rare band that really matter. --Louis Pattison

Album Description

Le Tigre's 2nd full-length delivers rollerskate jams, sampler punk and political dance tracks you've come to expect from the trio. And it ups the ante for electro-conceptual, feminist pop music. Le Tigre features Kathleen Hanna (formerly of Bikini Kill, Julie Ruin, The Fakes & Suture), Johanna Fateman (writer behind the zines 'Artaud-Mania!' and 'My Need To Speak on the Subject of Jackson Pollock') and new member J.D. Samson. 2001 Mr. Lady records.

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Format: Audio CD
I have been a huge Kathleen fan since Bikini Kill. Julie Ruin was a great side project and then came Le Tigre, one of the best bands in my collection. I have purchased all of the Le Tigre albums and this one is by far the BEST yet! These 3 women take on political issues that are important to me and are usually overlooked. It isn't just girl power or riot grrrl anymore. This album covers homosesexual rights, gender differences, socioeconomic back grounds and how the poor get skrewed and the rich dont care! O.K. I may sound bitter, but I was so impressed by this album. My favorite tracks are "FYR" which is probably the most political of all the songs they have created and "Keep on Livin'" which still brings tears to my eyes everytime I hear it. I saw them live on their last tour in Salt Lake City and it was INCREDIBLE! These women have energy, power, pride and creative minds that work together creating unique and beautiful expression. I love all of their albums, but Feminist is the best by far! You will not and could not regret this purchase!
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Melding grrrl/queer/theory with other progressive politics, this album convey's Le Tigre's mission with awesome clarity.
This mission is to survey/comment on the status of late 20th century politics impact on historically marginalized groups and advocate for an alternate reality where discrimination does not exist, and is replaced by a world where awesome culture and politics exist beside one another.
The empowering lyrics and pop-rock beats provide an interesting change from my usual audio regimine of rock-punk tunes. This is the "dance grooves" albun for grrrls who have little in common with tradditional titles in the aforementioned genere. I'm not usually one for dance/techno music myself, but I will make a very big exception for this album.
Although the album has been faulted for being too political and ailenating--even compared to their earlier releases, these criticisms overlook that the indepdendent non-major label status of Le Tigre means they do not have to provide what may be considered "safe". This frees the band to address what they and fans know cannot be adequately covered or even covered on traditional cds.
This freedom is a blessing for long-time fans such as myself because Feminist Sweepstakes is their most pointed effort yet. The twelve tunes are a terrific sountrack to revolution for existing fans, or a great introductory set for people who would be fans if they only had to listen to one album produced by the trio.
As evidenced by the top form throughout the albums, political is what/who Le Tigre really is. Kathleen Hanna, former front singer for Bikini Kill, continues to belt out what can best be considered women's studies texts formulated into musical CD's.
My particular faviortes are "LT Tour Theme", "FYR" and "Keep on Livin" , but encourage everybody to try every track and see which personally sticks with them.
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Le Tigre's 1999 debut album was an instant classic, an exciting forebearer for all future releases from the band. It seemed as if Kathleen Hanna could honestly do no wrong. The "From The Desk of Mr Lady EP" that was released earlier this year was somewhat of a disappointment. Though it had some truly great songs (especially the gripping "Bang Bang" and the hilarious "Gone B4 Yr Home"), a lot of it seemed like cuts that didn't make it on to the first album ... just toss-offs. I could accept this, with hopes that the next album would be a fresh, more concentrated effort from the band ... and so I looked forward to "Feminist Sweepstakes" with great anticipation. Upon listening to the album, I was met with a sense of vague disappointment. The songs aren't as distinct as the ones on the first album. "Sweepstakes" seems to sludge along maybe a bit too much, at worst being overly-didactic and monotonous. However, there are some enjoyable songs that redeem the album... "My Art", "FYR", "Much Finer", "Cry For Everything Bad That's Ever Happened" and "TGIF" being my choice favorites at this time. Though there's some fun to be had, on the whole the record seems less inspired than previous Kathleen-related recordings, and the feminist message seems to be marred the lack of any new perspective and a delivery that mostly sounds like someone's just going through the motions.(However, this could be just to emphasize the theme of despondency that seems to run through songs like the aforementioned "Much Finer" and "TGIF" ...Read more ›
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This album is simply incredible. Thirteen tracks of danceable punk fury from riot grrrl goddess Kathleen Hanna and Co. It's their best, most consistent release to date--the last album to grow on me this fast was JSBX's classic, 'Orange.' This time around, the songs are mainly in the vein of "The The Empty", "What's Your Take on Cassevetes" and "Yr. Critique" with 'sexy' new dance grooves like "Fake French", "Tres Bien" and "Well Well Well". Just put on "Fake French" and try to sit still. The lyrics are equally amazing: "You know these days no one's exploited. Sorry dude can't hear ya with my head in the toilet." "Feminist Sweepstakes" is a totally catchy political/sonic assault in the company of Public Enemy's "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back". This album is like setting Barbara Kruger's artwork to music and dancing along--no one even comes close to the ingenuity of these ladies in combining pop, punk and politics in today's music scene.
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