Published Feb 08, 2011Although Kill Rock Stars has become known for putting out albums by the likes of Elliott Smith, the Decemberists, and Sleater-Kinney, the celebrated Pacific Northwest label started off by releasing an eponymous compilation. Kill Rock Stars came out back in 1991, and to celebrate 20 years in the business, the imprint is now getting ready to reissue the compilation.
The vinyl reissue will arrive in stores on Record Store Day, which will be on April 16. The pressing will be limited to 2,000 silkscreened, hand-numbered copies.
An announcement on Kill Rock Stars' website says that the compilation "featured bands that had either played the International Pop Underground Convention or who were from Olympia. This included bands that were already successful (Nirvana, the Melvins) mixed in with bands that were about to affect pop culture at large (Bikini Kill, Bratmobile), as well as bands that were to help define the underground scene for the two decades (Unwound, the Nation of Ulysses, Mecca Normal)."
On top of that, there's a surprisingly good Courtney Love track "Don't Mix the Colors," who was doing that whole Raincoats thing way before the current crop of indie pop acts. [ed's note: to clarify, by Courtney Love, we mean the Lois Maffeo's band]
You can see the tracklist below. Hopefully Kill Rock Stars will follow this up by reissuing the sequel compilations Stars Kill Rock (1993) and Rock Stars Kill (1994).
Kill Rock Stars:
1. Bratmobile - "Girl Germs"
2. Some Velvet Sidewalk - "Loch Ness"
3. Courtney Love - "Don't Mix the Colors"
4. The Nation of Ulysses - "N.O.U. Cooking with Gas!"
5. Unwound- "You Speak Jealousy"
6. Mecca Normal - "Narrow"
7. Nirvana - "Beeswax"
8. Bikini Kill - "Feels Blind"
9. Witchy Poo - "Reaper Song"
10. Melvins - "Ever since my Accident"
11. Infamous Menagerie - "Immediate Impound Zone"
12. Kicking Giant - "Make You Come"
13. Fitz of Depression - "Everybody and their Dog"
14. Jad Fair - "Red Dress"