The irregular indie-discos hosted by John Hunt of Butcher Boy always finish with an absolute gem of a song.  On quite a few occasions, it has been this:-

mp3: Le Tigre – Decaptacon

I don’t know much at all about Le Tigre, but I did pick up a copy, on CD, of the eponymous debut album, released in 1999, just so that I had Decaptacon ready to hand at any point in time.

Wiki opens up with:-

Le Tigre was an American electronic rock band formed by Kathleen Hanna (of Bikini Kill), Johanna Fateman and Sadie Benning in 1998 in New York City. Benning left in 2000 and was replaced by JD Samson for the rest of the group’s existence. Le Tigre are known for their left-wing sociopolitical lyrics that often dealt with issues of feminism and the LGBT community. They mixed punk’s directness and politics with playful samples, eclectic pop, and lo-fi electronics.

I certainly enjoy much of the rest of the debut album, and this led me to picking up the two later two albums, but I really don’t have enough knowledge of the backstory to offer up any sort of commentary for a detailed post. But, I’m sure there must be someone among the TVV community who knows much more about Le Tigre, and if so, I’m hoping there would the possibility of a guest posting of some sort.

Fingers and toes are crossed.



  1. I’d love to see a follow up Le Tigre post (ICA, even?) I’m only familiar with The DFA remix of Deceptacon so it was good to hear the original version.

    Having checked, the only other Le Tigre song I have in my collection is a frankly quite unexpected cover of The Pointer Sisters’ I’m So Excited that featured on their 2004 album This Island.

  2. Le Tigre are one of my favourite bands yet not quite as favourite as Bikini Kill. I’d be ok to write something up on K Hannah that also takes in BK and (The) Julie Ruin. I’m ok not to, of course.

    3 (bands) that continue to remain woefully underrated.

    What a start to the day!

  3. Don’t know about an ICA, but if Echorich and I ever revive the NYC series Le Tigre’s ‘My My Metrocard’ will be featured for sure.

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