Sleater-Kinney and REM Make Filthy Friends

Members from two of my favorite bands of all time, from two of the most influential bands of all time, in a new band.

Yes, please.

Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker has howled and hypnotized her way through music history. Two of her thunderous tunes — “No Anthems” and “Fade” — helped make Sleater-Kinney’s No Cities to Love one of the loudest, greatest comebacks of all time. Meanwhile, guitarist Peter Buck has brought spiraling craftwork to REM’s classic catalog for decades, and even more beyond that immortal foursome.

They now join other quite notable talents in a new supergroup called the Filthy Friends, due soon from Kill Rock Stars … channeling Ziggy Stardust?

Sleater Kinney REM
Photo: Vivian Johnson

We are super excited to announce the latest signing to the Kill Rock stars roster, Filthy Friends! The band’s new song “Any Kind of Crowd” debuted on last night’s episode of The Best Show with Tom Scharpling.

Filthy Friends is a David Bowie cover band.

OR they are Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney), Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows), Kurt Bloch (The Fastbacks), Bill Rieflin (King Crimson, Ministry) and occasionally Krist Novoselic.

OR they are unemployed rodeo clowns from Ringling Bros. circus.

Choose whatever “alternative facts” you like, and spin their new 7-inch this Record Store Day, Saturday, April 22, 2017. The rollicking tunes echoing from their party tent include the original “Any Kind of Crowd”, backed with the enthusiastic cover of the Roxy Music standard, “Editions of You”.


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