Excuse 17

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Excuse 17
Origin Olympia, Washington, United States
Genres Punk rock, queercore
Years active 1993–1995
Labels Chainsaw Records, Kill Rock Stars, Candy Ass Records, Atlas Records
Associated acts Sleater-Kinney, Heavens to Betsy, Heartless Martin, The Old Haunts, Wild Flag, The Spells, Serum Greys
Past members Becca Albee
Carrie Brownstein
CJ Phillips (Curtis James)

Excuse 17 was a punk rock band from Olympia, Washington that performed and recorded from 1993 to 1995. The band consisted of Becca Albee (vocals and guitar), Carrie Brownstein (guitar and vocals), and Curtis James (drums). The band recorded two full-length albums, a single, and contributed to several compilations.


Carrie Brownstein, Becca Albee and CJ Phillips (Curtis James) came together to form Excuse 17, a band that would only last a few years but would prove to be influential. Carrie and Becca both played guitar and sang and CJ played the drums. After its inception, the band quickly recorded a demo tape and then began recording for various compilations on independent record labels. Their first full-length recording, Excuse Seventeen, was released jointly on Atlas Records (LP) and queercore label Chainsaw Records (CD).[1] They would later release their second and final album Such Friends Are Dangerous on the indie label Kill Rock Stars in 1995, which displayed a boost in recording quality.[2]

The band often found themselves playing shows with Heavens to Betsy, including touring, not surprisingly since both bands were an active part of the riot grrrl scene; they also both appear on the compilation LP/CD Free to Fight. Corin Tucker from Heavens to Betsy struck up a friendship with Carrie Brownstein and they dated each other for a time. The two decided to form Sleater-Kinney, a side project that soon evolved into their main focus as their respective groups ended. However, Excuse 17's recordings are still valued by fans of Sleater-Kinney, those interested in riot grrrl and queercore recordings, and record collectors in general. Becca Albee also recorded with Corin Tucker as 'Heartless Martin', releasing a cassette on Chainsaw Records in 1993.[3] Becca is currently a photography professor at the City College of New York. Curtis James is living in Olympia and playing drums for the rock outfit, Nudity. [4]


Full-length recordings[edit]



  • "Sevenwhateverteen" on Periscope, Yoyo Recordings (1994)
  • "Forever Fired" on Free to Fight, Candy Ass - Chainsaw co-release (1995)
  • "Carson" on Yoyo A GoGo, Yoyo Recordings (1996)
  • "I'd Rather Eat Glass" on A Slice Of Lemon, Kill Rock Stars (1996)


  1. ^ Jimmy Draper. "Excuse 17 Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-01-06. 
  2. ^ Jimmy Draper. "Such Friends Are Dangerous Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-01-05. 
  3. ^ "Releases". Chainsaw Records. Retrieved 2013-01-09. 
  4. ^ "Artworks: Becca Albee of Excuse 17, F Is For Fake". Tom Tom Magazine. 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2013-01-09. 

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