Posts Tagged ‘Babes In Toyland’

We have this music video show called Rage in Australia. It’s been around for over 20 years, and it’s something of an institution because every Australian has, at some point, spent a delirious night watching rage after coming home inebriated, finding themselves transfixed by a magical stream of music videos that continues, uninterrupted, until shortly after dawn. And so it was that I had some of the best music-discovery moments in my life.

And one of the first was the premiere of Babes In Toyland’s Sweet 69 video. I’d just turned 13 years old, and was getting into bands like Nirvana and The Offspring. In the early 90’s, Guns N’ Roses and Metallica dominated the world so i’d been a fan since I was 10. But the idea that women even existed in that ‘heavy music’ space had never occurred to me until the very moment this video rolled on rage.

It hit me like a fist in the face. To this day, when I hear this song I can remember how excited it made me to see 3 chicks playing that kind of music.

In short – fucking game-changer.