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Heavens to Betsy Biography


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Birth Place: Olympia, Washington
Years Active: 1991–1994
Genres: Riot Grrrl, Indie Rock, Punk


Heavens to Betsy was an American indie-punk band from Olympia, Washington, most notable for being the first band of Sleater-Kinney vocalist/guitarist Corin Tucker. They were part of the DIY riot grrrl movement in the punk rock underground in the early 1990s.

The members were Tracy Sawyer on drums and occasionally bass guitar, and Corin Tucker on guitar and vocals. One of their first appearances was at the International Pop Underground Convention organized by independent record label K Records in 1991. For one night an all-female bill, dubbed "Love Rock Revolution Girl Style Now" commanded the stage with Heavens to Betsy, Bratmobile, Jean Smith of Mecca Normal and 7 Year Bitch appearing, an event that is widely considered one of the pivotal events in the inception of the Riot Grrrl movement. Their first record was a split single on K Records with Bratmobile, considered an essential Riot Grrrl recording. The band recorded three singles, produced one LP/CD, ''Calculated'', and contributed to many compilations while they were together. These recordings are now sought after by collectors. One of these compilations, ''Free to Fight'', also included a song contributed by the band Excuse 17, of which Carrie Brownstein was a member. Corin and Carrie began to play together, and when Heavens to Betsy disbanded in the mid 1990s, the two women founded Sleater-Kinney.