Friday, April 8, 2022

Happy 25th Anniversary to Sleater-Kinney's Dig Me Out

One of the late 90's best rock albums turns 25 today as Sleater-Kinney's Dig Me Out was released on April 8th 1997. 

RtBE are huge fans of SK and Dig Me Out is a big reason why. It is the first album Janet Weiss played drums on, joining Corinne Tucker and Carrie Brownstein to form one of the best trios in rock history.  Their run together, up until 2019's The Center Won't Hold, produced classic album on top of classic album, but few (if any) top this gem.  

From the ripping title track opening to the "Jenny" closing, the album was a breakout for the band as Brownstein's and Tucker's wails on guitar and vocals snaked into and around each other with each yell or riff. Weiss laid down the foundation that allowed the guitars to soar while also keeping things grounded and visceral. 

While times have changed on some fronts it is still rare for full female bands to grab the ears of rock fans. Actually, back in the 90's it was more prevalent than it is today, which is sad. It is good that SK is still at it though and evolving with the times.  

A great rock album from start to finish and the one that really put SK the map.  On it's 25th anniversary give Dig Me Out a spin and play it loud. Here are a few tracks to get you started:

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