Helium existed at the nexus of riot grrrl sexual politics and meat-and-potatoes indie rock, yet never really caught on with either crowd. The pinnacle of their fame probably came when Beavis and Butt-Head called frontwoman/guitar heroine Mary Timony a ho while watching the “Pat’s Trick” video. (She’s driving a bulldozer while wearing a mini skirt.) Which is a shame, because legions of surly young women lost out on a potential goddess in Timony, whose complex fretwork was as stunning as her combative, feminist lyrics, often issued in a husky monotone. Even when she declares, “You are the most beautiful thing,” in “Pat’s Trick”, it sounds like a dangerous threat. —Amy Phillips
Bloodninja: I lick your earlobe, and undo your watch. Sarah19fca: mmmm, okay. Bloodninja: I take yo pants off, grunting like a troll. Sarah19fca: Yeah I like it rough. Bloodninja: I smack you thick booty. Sarah19fca: Oh yeah, that feels good. Bloodninja: Smack, Smack, yeeeaahhh. Bloodninja: I make some toast and eat it off your ass. Land O’ Lakes butter all in your crack. Mmmm. Sarah19fca: you like that? Bloodninja: I peel some bananas. Sarah19fca: Oh, what are you gonna do with those? Bloodninja: get me peanuts. Peanuts from the ballpark. Sarah19fca: Peanuts? Bloodninja: Ken Griffey Jr. Yeaaaaahhh. Sarah19fca: What are you talking about? Bloodninja: I’m spent, I jump down into the alley and smoke a fatty. I throw rocks at the cats. Sarah19fca: This is stupid. Bloodninja: Stone Cold Steve Austin gives me some beer. Bloodninja: Wanna Wrestle Stone Cold? Bloodninja: Yeeaahhhh. Sarah19fca: /ignore Bloodninja: Its cool stone cold she was a bitch anyway. Bloodninja: We get on harleys and ride into the sunset.