Babes in Toyland (band)

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Babes in Toyland was an American punk rock band formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1987. The band was formed by Oregon native Kat Bjelland (lead vocals and guitar), with Lori Barbero (drums) and Michelle Leon (bass), who was later replaced by Maureen Herman in 1992. Courtney Love— who was a close friend and former bandmate of Bjelland when the two lived in Portland and San Francisco— had a very brief stint in the band in 1987 as a bass player, before being kicked out and forming Hole in 1989.[1]

Between 1990 and 1995, Babes in Toyland recorded three studio albums, their most successful being 1992's Fontanelle. While the band was inspirational to many performers in the riot grrrl movement, Babes in Toyland never participated directly or associated themselves with the movement, which was very pro-feminist.



Formation and early years (1987-1991)

Babes in Toyland formed in 1987, after frontwoman Kat Bjelland met drummer Lori Barbero at a friend's barbecue. Originally from Portland, Oregon and a former resident of San Francisco, Bjelland had moved to Minneapolis to form a band. Over the following months, Bjelland convinced Barbero to play drums and formed Babes in Toyland in winter 1987. In its initial formation in 1987, in addition to Bjelland and Barbero, the band included Chris Holetz on bass and singer Cindy Russell.[2] After Holetz and Russell left, the band briefly recruited Bjelland's friend - and former bandmate of the band Pagan Babies - Courtney Love on bass. Love, who later went on to form the successful band Hole, only lasted a number of weeks before being kicked out by Bjelland. After Love's departure, Michelle Leon was recruited as bassist.[2]

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