Le Tigre

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Le Tigre
Le Tigre performing in 2004
Le Tigre performing in 2004
Background information
OriginNew York City, U.S.
Years active1998–2007, 2010, 2016[4]
Associated acts
Past membersKathleen Hanna
Johanna Fateman
JD Samson
Sadie Benning

Le Tigre (French for "The Tiger", pronounced /ləˈtɡrə/) was an American electronic rock band formed by Kathleen Hanna (of Bikini Kill), Johanna Fateman and Sadie Benning in 1998 in New York City. Benning left in 2001 and was replaced by JD Samson for the rest of the group's existence. Le Tigre are known for their left-wing sociopolitical lyrics that often dealt with issues of feminism and the LGBT community. They mixed punk's directness and politics with playful samples, eclectic pop, and lo-fi electronics. The group also added multimedia and performance art elements to their live shows, which often featured support from like-minded acts such as The Need.[5]


Le Tigre were initially envisioned as a live backup band for Hanna's solo project Julie Ruin. They took their name from one of many hypothetical bands made up by Hanna circa 1994. After Benning left the band, Samson filled in for them during live performances and eventually became an official member. Samson had previously worked with the band as a roadie and the operator of the band's slideshow during the few live performances before Benning's departure.[6]

In 2003, Le Tigre collaborated with Chicks on Speed on their cover of Tom Tom Club's "Wordy Rappinghood" from their album 99 Cents along with other artists such as Miss Kittin, Kevin Blechdom, ADULT.'s Nicola Kuperus, and Tina Weymouth of Tom Tom Club.[7] The cover became a moderate dance hit in Europe, peaking at number five on the Belgian Dance Chart,[8] and at number sixty-six on the UK Singles Chart.[9]

In 2010, Le Tigre briefly returned from a hiatus[10] to produce Christina Aguilera's "My Girls", from her sixth studio album Bionic. The track features Peaches.[11]

Le Tigre members JD Samson and Johanna Fateman collaborated with Russian activists Pussy Riot during a concert organised by Vice (magazine) in 2014, performing Le Tigre's “Deceptacon”.[12] Later, in 2015, they reunited with Pussy Riot to record a song and video for Netflix series House of Cards.[13]

In September 2016, the band announced they were reuniting just to release a "special song".[14] On October 19, 2016, Le Tigre released the song, titled "I'm with Her", and its accompanying video to voice their support of the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.[15]

Le Tigre performing in Indianapolis, Indiana, in the early 2000s

In December 2021, the band announced they would be getting together to play at This Ain't No Picnic Festival in 2022[16].



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    • Inc, CMJ Network (11 October 2004). "CMJ New Music Report". CMJ Network, Inc. Retrieved 6 December 2017 – via Google Books.
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  6. ^ "Just the Facts Ma'am".
  7. ^ Phares, Heather (2003). "99 Cents - Chicks on Speed". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-02-26.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be - Chicks On Speed - Wordy Rappinghood". Ultratop (in Dutch). Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2011-02-26.
  9. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Chicks On Speed". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-02-26.
  10. ^ "The Latest on Le Tigre: DVD, Teaching, DJ Dates". Pitchfork. 20 August 2007.
  11. ^ "Le Tigre Working With Christina Aguilera - Pitchfork". Pitchfork. 8 June 2009. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  12. ^ "VICE 20th Pussy Riot Performs Le Tigre's Deceptacon - YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  13. ^ "Pussy Riot's "Don't Cry Genocide" Featuring Le Tigre Members Appears on "House of Cards" - Pitchfork". Pitchfork. 28 February 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  14. ^ "Le Tigre Reunite | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. 30 September 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  15. ^ "New Music: Le Tigre Return With Pro-Hillary "I'm With Her"". 19 October 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  16. ^ https://pitchfork.com/news/the-strokes-lcd-soundsystem-and-le-tigre-to-perform-at-2022-this-aint-no-picnic-festival/

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