Kat Bjelland’s banshee voice, primal guitar playing and uncommonly intense presence infected anyone who was lucky enough to catch Babes in Toyland’s searing live shows in the early 1990s. Even impersonal setups like Lollapalooza — Babes shared the 1993 main-stage bill with the likes of Dinosaur Jr., Alice in Chains, Fishbone, Tool and Rage Against the Machine — couldn’t diminish the Minneapolis trio’s visceral impact.
Bikini Kill frontwoman Kathleen Hanna was an early champion of the band, which in ’93 included Maureen Herman on bass and Lori Barbero on drums. Read more about Babes in Toyland in this week's Sound Advice.
See Babes in Toyland with FEA Tuesday at Madison Live. More info/tickets: madisontheateronline.com .