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Corin Tucker

Tucker performing with Sleater-Kinney at the Crystal Ballroom, Portland, Oregon in 2005
Background information
Birth name Corin Tucker
Also known as Kissy (when performing with Cadallaca)
Born November 9, 1972 (1972-11-09) (age 37)
Eugene, Oregon, United States
Origin Olympia, Washington, United States
Genres Alternative rock
Riot Grrrl
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Labels Chainsaw
Kill Rock Stars
Sub Pop
Associated acts Heartless Martin
Heavens to Betsy

Corin Lisa Tucker[1] (born November 9, 1972) is a singer and guitarist, best known for her work with rock band Sleater-Kinney.


Early life

In the early 1990s, Tucker attended Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, where she studied film, political economy, and social change. Although Sleater-Kinney was formed in Olympia, Washington, and later relocated to Portland, Oregon, Tucker still describes herself as "a small-town girl" from Eugene, Oregon. Before forming Sleater-Kinney, Tucker played in Heartless Martin with Becca Albee of Excuse 17. Heartless Martin would release one EP, entitled Tonight.


Heavens to Betsy

Tucker was also a founding member of Heavens to Betsy, an influential Riot Grrrl band, which recorded a split single with Bratmobile, and a number of singles for independent record labels. They frequently played shows with Excuse 17, and the two bands both appeared on the compilation LP Free to Fight. Heavens to Betsy would release one album, Calculated, in 1993.


After Heavens to Betsy split, Tucker formed Sleater-Kinney with Excuse 17 member Carrie Brownstein and friend Lora McFarlane. She sang lead vocals and played second guitar to Brownstein's lead. Tucker released seven albums with Sleater-Kinney over the span of 11 years before going on hiatus in 2006.


During her time with Sleater-Kinney, Tucker worked on a side project, Cadallaca, with Sarah Dougher and sts of The Lookers. In 1998, Cadallaca released their first album, introducing Cadallaca. They released an additional EP on Kill Rock Stars, Out West, in 2000.


Tucker identifies as a bisexual.[2][3] She came out to her family at 19. She briefly dated bandmate Carrie Brownstein in the beginning of Sleater-Kinney, a fact that was revealed to the world in a now-infamous Spin article. Tucker called the article a "pain in the ass," saying "We weren’t asked about our personal lives in the interview. We talked about things we thought were really important, and what they printed was that we dated. It just came out as being gossip." Tucker wrote the Sleater-Kinney song "One More Hour" about her breakup with Brownstein.[4]

Tucker married filmmaker Lance Bangs in June 2000 in Iceland.

Tucker and Bangs have a son, Marshall Tucker Bangs, born March 8, 2001; in October 2007, it was confirmed by The Willamette Week that Tucker was pregnant with her second child.[5] Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss confirmed in a March 2008 interview that Tucker had given birth to a second child,[6] a daughter named Glory, born in 2008.

Gear List

During The Woods era, Tucker used the following gear[7]:


  • '65 blackface Fender Showman



  • DigiTech Whammy
  • DOD EQ
  • Electro-Harmonix Bass Synthesizer
  • Schumann Electronics Lion X
  • Vox Overdrive

External links


  1. ^ ASCAP: American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
  2. ^ 1995 - Pullout - The Queer Issue - The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper
  3. ^ outsideleft: The Top 12 Hottest Female Guitarists Ever
  4. ^ Under the Radar - Sleater-Kinney Last Show
  5. ^ Willamette Week | Tuesday, February 5th, 2008
  6. ^ | Indianapolis Entertainment
  7. ^ Raw Power

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