Julie Ruin

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Julie Ruin
Julie Ruin cover.jpg
Studio album by Julie Ruin (Kathleen Hanna)
Released August 11, 1998
Genre Electronic, riot grrrl, lo-fi, hip hop

Julie Ruin is the independent record produced by Kathleen Hanna under the name Julie Ruin in 1997, while taking a break from Bikini Kill.[1] It touches upon feminism, crocheting, aerobics and resisting police abuse. It was mostly produced in Kathleen's apartment in Olympia, Washington. Despite this project mostly being known for the album, Kathleen Hanna started collaborating with her friends Sadie Benning and Johanna Fateman in order to create a live version of Julie Ruin. This group would go on to become Le Tigre.[2]

In December 2010, Kathleen Hanna and former Bikini Kill band mate Kathi Wilcox previewed a performance of their new project The Julie Ruin at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Radical or Pro-Parental" (2:15)
  2. "V.G.I." (3:48)
  3. "A Place Called Won't Be There" (2:52)
  4. "Tania" (2:41)
  5. "Aerobicide" (2:54)
  6. "Apt. #5" (3:13)
  7. "My Morning Is Summer" (3:15)
  8. "I Wanna Know What Love Is" (3:36)
  9. "The Punk Singer" (2:07)
  10. "On Language" (2:06)
  11. "Crochet" (2:01)
  12. "Interlude" (0:51)
  13. "Stay Monkey" (2:56)
  14. "Breakout a Town" (2:22)
  15. "Love Letter" (3:08)

T-shirt contest[edit]

In 2010, Kathleen Hanna held a T-shirt contest for Julie Ruin on her blog.[4] The winner was Joshua Elowsky, who designed a shirt with a microphone and a venus symbol combined on it.[5]


  1. ^ Breihan, Tom (June 14, 2011). "Kathleen Hanna Returns With the Julie Ruin". Pitchfork. 
  2. ^ Schmitt, Christina (January 19, 2000). "Le Tigre: Le Tigre". City Pages. Archived from the original on August 1, 2008. 
  3. ^ Levine, Michael (2010-12-13). "The Kathleen Hanna Project @ Knitting Factory". Bust.com. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  4. ^ Julie Ruin T-Shirt Design Contest. kathleenhanna.wordpress.com. Accessed 9 June 2010
  5. ^ And the Winner Is... Kathleenhanna.wordpress.com. 2 June 2010.