The Gits

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The Gits were an American punk rock band, formed in Yellow Springs, Ohio in 1986. Known for their part in the burgeoning Seattle music scene of the early 1990s, they were known for their fiery live performances. Members included singer Mia Zapata, guitarist Joe Spleen (born Andy Kessler), bassist Matt Dresdner and drummer Steve Moriarty. They dissolved in 1993 after the murder of Zapata.

During their existence, the band released two studio albums, one compilation of early recordings, one live recording, three 7” singles and appeared on various compilations. The band also recorded on a few independent labels, and released its two studio albums on C/Z Records. In 2003, each release in the band’s discography was remastered and expanded with bonus tracks on Broken Rekids.

Though the band never signed with a major label and never reached a mainstream audience, Zapata has nevertheless been cited as an influence by many female vocalists.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Frenching the Bully The Gits 4 1
1994 Enter: The Conquering Chicken The Gits 4 2
1996 Kings and Queens The Gits 4 1
2000 Seafish Louisville The Gits 5 1
2003 Frenching the Bully The Gits 4 1
2003 Frenching the Bully (re-remixed and remastered) The Gits 1
From The East To The West Kill Baby, Kill! & The Gits 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 The Best of The Gits The Gits 4 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Second Skin The Gits 5 1
1991 Spear and Magic Helmet The Gits 4 1

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