Allison Wolfe (born November 9, 1969) is a Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, writer, and podcaster. As a founding member and lead singer of the punk rock band Bratmobile, she became one of the leading voices of the riot grrl movement.
Wolfe attending the EMP Pop Conference in Los Angeles, 2011.
|Also known as||Baby Donut|
|Born||November 9, 1969|
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
|Labels||Kill Rock Stars|
Don Giovanni Records
Cold Cold Hearts
Wolfe has also fronted other bands, including Sex Stains, Partyline, and Cold Cold Hearts. She was one of the principal creators of the original Ladyfest music festival in 2000. She has more recently been the creator and host of the punk rock interview podcast I'm In The Band.
Allison Wolfe and her sister Cindy were born identical twins in Memphis, Tennessee, on November 9, 1969. Together with their sister Molly, they grew up in Olympia, Washington. Their parents divorced when they were all still young children, and they were raised by their mother, Pat Shively. A radical feminist and self-described lesbian, Shively founded Olympia's Eastside Women's Health Clinic in 1981. It was the first women's clinic in Thurston County, and throughout Shively's two decades of work it was the target of relentless anti-abortion demonstrations. The protests could be harrowing: Wolfe's mother endured verbal and physical abuse, and death threats forced her to go to the clinic armed and wearing a bulletproof vest. (The EWHC was razed in a fire in 2005, set by a still-unidentified arsonist.) Pat Shively died of ovarian cancer in February, 2000, and Wolfe credits her as being a lifelong influence, a feminist role model "almost too big to live up to."
In 1988, Wolfe spent time as an exchange student in Thailand's Krathum Baen District. She returned to attend Evergreen State College in Olympia, and later the University of Oregon at Eugene.
Wolfe and Molly Neuman wrote about rock music's pervasive sexism in their influential punkzine, Girl Germs. They took those themes to music when they joined with guitarist Erin Smith to form their own band, Bratmobile, in 1991. Maura Johnston later wrote in Rolling Stone that Wolfe's distinctive "disaffected drawl" became "one of the most prominent voices of the early-Nineties riot grrrl movement".
Bratmobile recorded for Kill Rock Stars, an Olympia-based independent label, and released their first full-length album, Pottymouth, in 1992. The band ended in a rancorous onstage breakup in New York City in 1994.
Cold Cold HeartsEdit
Wolfe and Smith eventually reunited to form Cold Cold Hearts with an expanded rhythm section provided by drummer Katherine Brown and bassist "Nattles". The band toured extensively and released one self-titled album in 1997.
Wolfe later sang with Deep Lust, her first band with male musicians which she lightheartedly describes as "my boy band". Deep Lust formed in early 1999; they toured and released one self-titled album on Kill Rock Stars in February 2000.
Sex Stains formed in Los Angeles in 2014. The five-person group was the largest outfit Wolfe had worked with yet, and the first in which she had a companion vocalist, Mecca Vazie Andrews. The band released their eponymous debut album on Don Giovanni Records in 2016.
Other musical groupsEdit
Wolfe was one of the primary architects behind the original Ladyfest music festival in Olympia, Washington, in 2000. In later years, Ladyfest festivals have taken place throughout the world and Wolfe has appeared at many of them.
Wolfe holds a master's degree in arts journalism from the University of Southern California. In the 2000s she worked for the Washington Post, and edited the punk rock-themed manga series Nana, refashioning its basic English translation into modern vernacular. Since 2017 she has hosted I'm In The Band, a podcast on Tidal in which she interviews artists from the punk and indie rock scenes.
- Pottymouth (1993) LP/CD/CS (Kill Rock Stars)
- Ladies, Women and Girls (2000) CD/LP, (Lookout! Records)
- Girls Get Busy (2002) CD/LP (Lookout! Records)
- The Real Janelle (1994) LPEP/CDEP (Kill Rock Stars)
- The Peel Session CDEP (Strange Fruit)
- Kiss & Ride 7" (Homestead Records)
- Tiger Trap/ Bratmobile split 7" (4-Letter Words)
- Heavens to Betsy/ Bratmobile split 7" (K Records)
- Brainiac/ Bratmobile split 7" (12X12)
- Veronica Lake/ Bratmobile split 7" (Simple Machines)
- Kill Rock Stars compilation, CD/LP, (Kill Rock Stars)
- A Wonderful Treat compilation cassette
- The Embassy Tapes cassette
- Throw compilation CD (Yoyo Recordings)
- International Pop Underground live LP/CD/CS (K Records)
- Neapolitan Metropolitan boxed 7" set (Simple Machines)
- Teen Beat 100 compilation 7" (Teen Beat)
- Julep compilation LP/CD (Yo Yo)
- Wakefield Vol. 2 V/A CD boxed set (Teen Beat)
- Plea For Peace Take Action compilation CD (Sub City)
- Boys Lie compilation CD (Lookout! Records)
- Yo Yo A Go Go 1999 compilation CD (Yoyo Recordings)
- Lookout! Freakout Episode 2 compilation CD (Lookout! Records)
- Songs For Cassavetes compilation CD (Better Looking Records)
- Lookout! Freakout Episode 3 CD (Lookout! Records)
- Turn-On Tune-In Lookout! DVD (Lookout! Records)
With Cold Cold HeartsEdit
With Sex StainsEdit
- "Allison Wolfe interview". Dissonance. Washington, DC. 10 October 2006. Radio CPR. 97.5 FM.
- "Feds Lead Investigation Because of Abortion Issue". The Olympian. Olympia, WA. 11 January 2005. Archived from the original on October 27, 2007. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
- Butler, Cornelia H.; Schwartz, Alexandra; Adler, Esther (2010). Modern Women: Women Artists at the Museum of Modern Art. New York: The Museum of Modern Art. p. 228. ISBN 978-0-87070-771-1. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
- Johnston, Maura (October 12, 2016). "Bratmobile's Allison Wolfe on Riot Grrrl History, New Wave of Feminist Punk". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 8, 2019.
- Gentry, Brandon (November 3, 2011). "Secret History: Cold Cold Hearts' S/T". DCist.com. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
- Staff (April 20, 1999). "Deep Lust of Cold-Hearted Wolfe". MTV.com. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
- "Deep Lust". Killrockstars.com. 2019. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
- Reardon, Tom (September 2, 2016). "How a Choreographer and a Riot Grrrl Formed L.A.'s Most Exciting New Punk Band". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
- Ex Stains "About" page on Facebook
- Camus, Alyson (June 20, 2018). "Cat Scan With Justus Proffit, Ex-Stains At The Echo, Monday June 18th 2018". RockNYC.live. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
- Watercutter, Angela (July 29, 2002). "Arts Feminism, Thy Newest Name Is Ladyfest". LATimes.com. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
- Kreuzer, Nikki (May 31, 2018). "Riot Grrl Allison Wolfe Gives Voice to the Voiceless". LA Weekly. Archived from the original on October 16, 2018. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
- "Artist of the Day: Partyline". Spin.com. June 15, 2005. Archived from the original on May 10, 2007. Retrieved July 16, 2007.
- Ohanesian, Liz (April 30, 2009). "From Bratmobile to Manga Grrrl: Indie Icon Allison Wolfe on Nana". LA Weekly. Los Angeles, California. Archived from the original on December 2, 2017. Retrieved November 29, 2018.