Calamity Jane (1990s band)

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Calamity Jane
Calamity Jane Logo.png
Background information
OriginPortland, Oregon, United States
GenresGrunge, punk rock, riot grrrl
Years active1989-1992, 2010

Calamity Jane was an all-female American grunge/punk band, formed in Portland, Oregon, United States, in 1989.

Gilly Ann Hanner (vocals/guitar) and Lisa Koenig (drums) started playing together as a band in 1988 along with Ronna Era (bass). After a few live appearances Hanner's sister Megan took over on bass and the band was renamed Calamity Jane the following year.[1] Their first gig was supporting Scrawl. The band then supported Fugazi on their 1990 tour.[2]

The band released three singles and an album Martha Jane Cannary[3] with their original line up, and a final single with Marcéo Martinez - later of Team Dresch) on drums and Joanna Bolme (later of Quasi and The Jicks) on bass.

The band played two support slots with Nirvana. One of these shows, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, ended in Calamity Jane being booed off the stage, which motivated Nirvana to intentionally sabotage their own performance.[4]


  • Gilly Ann Hanner (vocals, guitar)
  • Megan Hanner (bass)
  • Lisa Koenig (drums)
  • Marcéo Martinez (drums) 1992
  • Joanna Bolme (bass, guitar) 1992


  • "Hang Up"/"You Got It Rough"/"Outta Money", Brimstone Productions, 7, 1990
  • "Say It"/"Little Girl", Imp Records, 7, 1991
  • "My Spit"/"Miss Hell", SRI, 7 1991
  • Martha Jane Cannary, SMR Records, Jealous Butcher, LP/CD, 1991
  • "Love Song"/"Believe", Tim/Kerr Records, 7, 1992

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Calamity Jane.

Martha Jane Cannary – Standard edition
1."Miss Hell"3:02
2."My Spit"3:24
3."Car/You Got It Rough"4:07
4."Hang Up"3:46
7."Little Girl"2:28
8."Mean Song"3:12
9."Alot O'Blood"2:41
10."Say It"3:14
11."No Mirror"4:35
Total length:36:16


  1. ^ "Gilly Ann Hanner". Retrieved 2015-04-23.
  2. ^ "Calamity Jane Saturday, July 24". Retrieved 2015-04-23.
  3. ^ "Release "Martha Jane Cannary" by Calamity Jane". Retrieved 2015-04-23.
  4. ^ "Alex Young". Retrieved 2015-01-28.

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