"Kill Rock Stars" as written by and Mike Burkett....
"Kill the rockstars" how ironic, Kathleen
You've been crowned the newest queen
Kinda like the punk rock Gloria Steinham
You can't change the world by blaming men
Can't change the world by hating men

Just cause I don't know the reason you're so pissed
Don't dare tag me misogynist
I thought the goal here was mutual respect
Not constructing a separate sect
I wish I could have seen Courtney
Demonstrate some real mysoginy
Can't change the world by hating men


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"Kill Rock Stars" as written by Mike Burkett

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    General CommentThe line "I wish I could have seen Courtney demonstrate some real misogyny" refers to a fight between Kathleen Hannah and Courtney Love which happened backstage during the Lollapalooza tour on 4 July 1995.


    Apparently Kathleen remarked that Frances Bean (Kurt Cobain and Courtney’s child) was in another room with an I.V referring to the fact that Courtney was known for having taken several dangerous narcotics while pregnant. Courtney retaliated by flicking a lit cigarette at Kathleen, pelting here with candy and punching her in the face. Days later Courtney referred to Kathleen as "Ratface" in an AOL message board. Kathleen pressed charges and Courtney plead guilty to assault.


    From what I know some of the tension between Fat Mike and Kathleen arose when NOFX and Bikini Kill shared the bill at a festival in Hawaii where Fat Mike dedicated the song "Liza and Louise" to Bikini Kill (Liza and Louise being a song about a comical lesbian romance and Bikini Kill being a very open feminist band)


    All that aside “Kill Rock Starts” and “Deceptacon” was just an school feud between bands nothing more. Ultimately Fat Mike is not a sexist, in fact he started the record label Pink and Black Records purely for female artists. And while Kathleen Hannah is a prominent feminist she does not hate men.
    Chupachupon February 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSome of the Bikini Kills fan-girls on here are totally misinterpreting the song.


    Fat Mike knows Kathleen Hanna and they don't get along (or at least they didn't 13 years ago when he wrote this).

    The lyrics aren't based on his views of feminism or his views of her songs, they're based on things she actually said to him/about him that pissed him off.

    Kathleen Hanna, much like her fans posting on here, can't take a joke and doesn't get sarcasm so she probably misinterpreted one of the Mike's songs and got all uppity over it. If you cannot take a joke or you don't get sarcasm, NOFX is the WRONG band for you!

    BTW: Idntfcklosers has never listened to NOFX in his or her life, I guarantee it.
    JJRadon August 16, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentYeah not to mention theres actually only one white person in NOFX, that being smelly their drummer. Anyway since it was awesome to see a flood of le tigre/ bikini kill fans, I'd figure I would have a go on the side of NOFX.

    Kathleen did in fact hate Fat Mike for his songs about (fat) S and M lesbians. And since the rest of the band played the songs, they got brought down with him.

    Speaking serious shit against a band because of obviously sarcastic lyrics(even though in 'Liza and louise' there is an undertone of women's liberation) is pretty lame in the first place and Kill Rock Stars was probably nothing more then a press release on to what they thought of the situation. Le tigre then put out deceptacon(which is catchy as fuck, but when you are as subtle as calling lyrics dumb, well it ruins the point). However on NOFX's end the song fell on deaf ears and actually led to Le tigre selling out, being used by many major corporations, including a jewerly company that has a history with blood diamonds.


    Anyway thats my 2 cents
    combatbootson June 15, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFrom what I read out of Bikini Kill, Le Tigre and Julie Ruin lyrics, Kathleen doesn't hate MEN, she hates the STATUS that men have in society. It's not a personal, "I hate you because you're a man" thing, it's a hatred of the patriarchy and the authority that the patriarchy has -- which I totally agree with.
    So Fat Mike doesn't have a right to call her a man-hater without first understanding the point she makes in her music: equality, empowerment, and acceptance.
    wretchedcheckeredon September 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentKathleen Hanna is immature, and Le Tigre fans are ridiculous scene-driven poseur riotgrrls who take themselves FAR too seriously.

    I mean "Deceptacon" features such fascinating and thought-provoking lyrics as "Yr cool and I hardly wanna say "not" because I'm so bored
    that I'd be entertained even by a stupid fuckin linoleum floor, linoleum floor
    Yr lyrics are dumb like a linoleum floor
    I'll walk on it
    I'll walk all over you
    Walk on it, walk on it, walking one, two/ Who? Who? Who? Who?"

    - As a response to NOFX's song Linoleum, which is a great song about materialism. Listen to linoluem, read the lyrics, and tell me that's an intelligent and clever response.

    If I meet a Le Tigre fan, I reasonably expect to be annoyed as soon as they start talking. From my experience, MOST riot grrls are less concerned with the socio-political message and more concerned with dressing all funky and outrageous.

    I just don't understand why people are reluctant to coalesce behind such a strong message...

    Who took the Bomp from the Bompalompalomp?
    Who took the Ram from the Ramalamading dong?

    Truly powerful.
    minus_the_herdon March 01, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI hate NOFX for writing this song.
    NeverXMindon October 07, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts about that woman in Bikini Kill, Kathleen whatever. But you knew that already, right?
    WavinGerbson April 22, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhoa this is awful he totally misinterprets Bikini Kill.
    StephNJon November 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment...Kathleen from Le Tigre isnt as bad as this song portrays her.
    newkickson December 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is a diss to Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill. In the song, it makes it sound like she invented the phrase 'Kill rock stars'. She didn't. It's just the name of the record label she and the other Riot Grrrls were on. And she doesn't hate men either!!
    have2mintson December 19, 2004   Link

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