Baby Gutsí Top Ten

Examples From The Sublime Art of The Face-Melting Yell

1. BIKINI KILL

STAR BELLIED BOY

Laura: Kathleen Hanna's screaming in this song is the reason I decide to risk vocal strain and larynx blisters—to someday maybe make someone feel the way Bikini Kill makes me feel.

2. PIXIES

ROCK MUSIC

Taylor: When I listen to this song, I think of Black Francis furiously strumming his guitar and screaming his brains out until there's a watermelon-sized sweat stain creeping down the front of his shirt, yet I want to be him.

3. GANGLION

AGELESS FORMLESS HOLLOW

Laura & Taylor: Jim from Ganglion is the greatest screamer in Minneapolis. Hands down.

4. SLEATER-KINNEY

CALL THE DOCTOR

Laura: The entire album is fantastic, but Corin and Carrie's intense shouting match near the end of this song is particularly heart-wrenching.

5. THE WHO

WON'T GET FOOLED AGAIN

Taylor: I remember hearing this scream on a commercial when I was like 10 years old, and I immediately decided I need to be in a band, and we need to scream like that. I've never heard a better scream in any other song.

6. HUGGY BEAR

PANSY TWIST

Laura: Huggy Bear is underappreciated but vital to the music and ideals of riot grrrl. The end of the song "Pansy Twist" is a huge influence lyrically and vocally, when it turns into a mess of unintelligible shouting: "Does it make you more a pig if you wanna off a kid/Does it make you more a kid if you wanna off a pig?"

7. HOLE

BABYDOLL

Laura: I read somewhere that Courtney Love gargled whiskey while recording the vocals for Pretty on the Inside, and I've always envied how raw and scary she sounds on this album.

8. THE LIME SPIDERS

BEYOND THE FRINGE

Taylor: Even though the Lime Spiders are probably a bunch of misogynistic Australians, their screams will melt your face.

9. L7

(RIGHT ON) THRU

Laura: L7 was a thousand times tougher than any of the male-dominated rock bands of their time, and Donita Sparks's grit-coated throat could outscream Chris Cornell any day of the week.

10. SMASHING PUMPKINS

X.Y.U.

Taylor: When the music stops and Billy Corgan yells, "And into the eyes of the jackal, I say ka-boom!," I feel proud to still own all their albums—and lucky I didn't buy Zeitgeist.

 
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