How was your weekend? Good? Mine too. Enough small talk. In the late '90s and early '00s, Sweden had a rather vibrant garage rock scene, with bands like The Hives, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, The Hellacopters, Division of Laura Lee, and today's featured group, the all-female Sahara Hotnights.
The band formed in the early '90s, when all four members were preteens, and eventually released their first EP in 1997 and first full-length album in 1999 (C'mon Let's Pretend).
Released in 2001 on the continent and 2002 in the US and the UK, the band's second album, Jennie Bomb, featured hard-hitting garage, punk, and pop punk rock. Arguably the band's most famous song, "Alright Alright (Here's My Fist Where's the Fight?)" led the album off with a bang. Channeling The Runaways, it's two minutes of aggression and energy, and, as a result, has been on my running mix for 10+ years. Jackass fans may recognize it from the soundtrack to the original Jackass movie, and it has been featured in other films, including 2003's Cheaper By The Dozen, the 2006 British spy film Stormbreaker, and the Olsen Twins' 2004 Oscar-snubbed masterpiece, New York Minute.
The video is short but sweet, following a guy who keeps getting physically injured by women -- despite the fact that he has done nothing wrong -- before ending up at a Sahara Hotnights concert, where he can expend some of his pent-up frustration by dancing and stage diving, even though no one catches him.