The band is widely considered to be the pioneer of the riot grrrl movement, and was known for its radical feminist lyrics and fiery performances. Their music is characteristically abrasive and hardcore -influenced. After two full-length albums, several EPs and two compilations, they disbanded in The band reunited for a tour in Hanna would also dive into the crowd to personally remove male hecklers. She and her friend Margaret Doherty used the name for a one-off performance in the late s where they donned faux fur punk cave girl costumes.
The point band of the early-'90s riot grrrl movement, Olympia, Washington's Bikini Kill exploded onto the male-dominated indie rock scene by fusing the visceral power of punk with the impassioned ideals of feminism. Calling for "Revolution Girl Style Now," the group's fiercely polemical and anthemic music helped give rise to a newly empowered generation of women in rock, presaging the dominance female artists would enjoy throughout the decade. Seeking to bring the publication's agenda to life, they decided to form a band, enlisting guitarist Billy Boredom born William Karren to round out the lineup.