This Seattle-via-Ohio group were fronted by Mia Zapata, whose impressive pipes made her come off like the Janis Joplin of the grunge scene. Her band wasn’t bad either: Drummer Steve Moriarty delivered complex drums with the precision of a jazzbo, and guitarist Joe Spleen achieved a full, arena-ready tone despite being the sole guitarist. Unfortunately, The Gits were short lived: Zapata was murdered in Seattle in 1993, but their debut album Frenching the Bully is a raucous legacy to leave behind. (The reissued version includes a hot 1993 live show from Portland, Oregon, and proves what an undeniable force they were in concert.)
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