Mia Zapata (The Gits)


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Mia Zapata

Born: August 25, 1965 Louisville, Ky

Died: July 7/8, 1993 Seattle, WA

The Gits formed in Ohio in 1986 and relocated to Seattle in 1990

Mia Zapata – Lead Vocal

Joe Spleen aka Andy Kessler – Guitar

Matt Dresdner – Bass

Steve Moriarty – Drums

Discography:

Albums[edit source]

Reissued on Broken Rekids, 2003
Reissued on Broken Rekids, 2003

Singles/Eps[edit source]

  • Precious Blood b/w “Seaweed” and “Kings & Queens” (Big Flaming Ego Records), (1990).
  • Second Skin b/w “Social Love” (Broken Rekids), (1991).
  • Spear And Magic Helmet b/w “While You’re Twisting, I’m Still Breathing” (Empty Records), (1991).

Compilation/soundtrack contributions[edit source]

  • “Here’s to Your Fuck” and “Ain’t Got No Right” on Bobbing For Pavement: The Rathouse Compilation (Rathouse/Broken Rekids), (1991).
  • “Drinking Song” on Power Flush: San Francisco, Seattle & You (Broken Rekids), (1993).
  • “Guilt Within Your Head” and “Social Love (Live)” on Home Alive: The Art Of Self-Defense (Epic Records), (1996).
  • “Second Skin (Live)” on Hype! The Motion Picture Soundtrack, (Sub Pop Records), (1996).
  • “Another Shot of Whiskey” on Wild and Wooly: The Northwest Rock Collection (Experience Music Project/Sub Pop Records), (2000).
  • “Whirlwind” on Girls Kick Ass (Vitaminepillen), (2001).
  • “Absynthe” on Whatever: The 90’s Pop & Culture Box (Rhino/WEA), (2005).
  • “Another Shot of Whiskey” on Sleepless In Seattle: The Birth of Grunge (LiveWire Recordings, 2006).

Videos:

The Gits Video Page:

http://thegits.com/?page_id=389

The Gits Movie Page:

http://www.thegitsmovie.com/

Trailers:

Excerpt:

It Doesn’t Matter, Cut My Skin Makes Me Human 1989:

Precious Blood 1990 OK Hotel, Seattle:

Slaughter of Bruce 1991 OK Hotel:

Another Shot of Whiskey, Absynthe, Insecurities, While You’re Twisting, Im Still Breathing 1992 Bongo Corral Show:

7 Year Bitch on Mia & Here’s to Your Fuck 1993, Second Skin from HYPE!,

RCNDY, Seattle

Absynthe @ The Covered Wagon, Sa Francisco 1993

Twisting, Breathing, Social Love, Insecurities, Seaweed @ The Weathered Wall 1993:

Live @ the Jabberjaw in LA 6/23/93 (Entire Last Show?)

Setlist of the night: Slaughter of Bruce / Insecurities / While You’re Twisting, I’m Still Breathing / Seaweed / Beauty of the Rose / Absynthe / Whirlwind / Guilt Within Your Head / New Fast One / Sign of the Crab / Daily Bread / Bob (Cousin O.) / Second Skin

Evil Stig (The Gits w Joan Jett), The Drinking Song, Spear and Magic Helmet:

La Luna Portland,1995:

Mashpedia:

http://www.mashpedia.com/Mia_Zapata

Biographies:

Wikipedia on Mia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mia_Zapata

Wikipedia on The Gits:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gits

AllMusic:

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/the-gits-mn0000077821/biography

CZ Records:

http://www.czrecords.com/artist.php?artist_id=16

Faded Flanel:

http://fadedflannel.com/the_gits/

Osobnosti:

http://www.osobnosti.cz/mia-zapata.php

Around the Web:

Steve Moriarty Interview on Music Life Radio 2012:

http://www.musicliferadio.com/2012/01/049-drummers-day-steve-moriarty-12/

http://www.musicliferadio.com/2012/01/050-drummers-day-steve-moriarty-22/

The Gits Website:

http://thegits.com/

The Gits Spanish Website:

http://www.punk-hxc.com/the-gits.htm

Discogs:

http://www.discogs.com/artist/Mia+Zapata

http://www.discogs.com/artist/Gits%2C+The+%282%29

http://www.discogs.com/artist/Gits,+The+(2)

LastFm:

http://www.last.fm/music/Mia+Zapata

http://www.last.fm/music/The+Gits

IMDb:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1942682/

Trouser Press:

http://www.trouserpress.com/entry.php?a=gits

Feminist Playing Cards:

NPR on the Gits Movie:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=94322927

Kim Punk Rock:

http://kimpunkrock.blogspot.com/2012/07/gits-and-what-they-mean-to-me.html

http://kimpunkrock.blogspot.com/2008/07/gits-year-1993-and-my-own-private.html

Open Salon Blog:

http://open.salon.com/blog/aim/2011/07/09/life_and_death_in_seattle_rip_mia_zapata

http://open.salon.com/blog/aim/2011/07/18/mia_zapata_rip_conclusion

Lynn Jordan’s Blog:

http://lynnejordan.com/blog/the-gits-and-mia-zapata/

Women Who Rock Wednesday:

http://stephaniekuehnert.blogspot.com/2008/09/women-who-rock-wednesday-tribute-to-mia.html

http://writerstephanie.livejournal.com/28790.html

Surgical Reality Blog:

http://surgicalreality.blogspot.com/2013/07/mia-zapata-second-skin.html

Punk Rock Planet:

http://www.punkrockplanet.com/mia-zapata-of-the-gits-was-a-punk-rock-pioneer-before-her-tragic-murder/

Ribbon round a bomb:

http://ribbonaroundabomb.com/2013/07/07/noisegasm-mia-zapata-20-years-later/

Grrl band geek:

http://grrlbandgeek.blogspot.com/2010/06/gits-seafish-louisville-2000.html

Rogkentroll:

http://rogkentroll.blogspot.com/2008/09/gits_22.html

Girl Germs Radio:

http://girlgermsradio.wordpress.com/2010/04/19/lady-you-should-know-about-mia-zapata/

The Fair Digital:

http://eufratesdelvalle.blogspot.com/2008/03/detras-del-asesinato-de-mia-zapata.html

Blog Critics:

http://blogcritics.org/mia-zapata-may-she-finally-rest/

Musical Musings and other stuff:

http://musicalmusingsbysima.wordpress.com/tag/mia-zapata/

Mortoupasmort:

http://www.mortoupasmort.com/qui/mia-zapata

Women in Music:

http://women-in-music.tumblr.com/post/17322398993/mia-zapata-rip-of-the-gits

Women Who Rock:

http://stephaniekuehnert.blogspot.com/2008/09/women-who-rock-wednesday-tribute-to-mia.html

Reverbnation:

http://www.reverbnation.com/thegitsthepinkosblondemexicans

Keikai:

http://keikai.blogspot.com/2007/07/mia-zapata-larga-vida-al-riot-grrrl.html

Feminema:

http://feminema.wordpress.com/tag/mia-zapata/

Bark:

http://thebarking.com/tag/mia-zapata/

Riot Grrrls Forever:

http://riotgrrrlsforever.forumpro.fr/t17-mia-zapata

Anarcolitico:

http://anarcolitico.blogspot.com/2012/06/garotas-no-vocal-gits-e-mia-zapata.html

Bloody Underrated:

http://bloodyunderrated.net/2010/11/14/the-gits-the-gits-the-gits/

You’re My Vitamins:

Northwest Film Forum:

http://www.nwfilmforum.org/live/page/calendar/2785

Depredando:

http://depredando.blogspot.com/2008/03/gits.html

These Streets:

http://thesestreets.org/mia-zapata/

Baikie:

http://baike.soso.com/v53474687.htm

Withered Debutante:

http://muffybolding.com/2013/07/08/rip-mia/

MoMp:

http://www.mortoupasmort.com/qui/mia-zapata

Rock and Roll is the answer:

http://.tumblr.com/post/54838845624/mia-zapata-of-the-gits-left-this-world-20-years

Alltagkotse:

http://alltagskotze.net/2011/07/07/mia-zapata/

Who is:

http://www.whoislog.info/profile/mia-zapata.html

Cult Nation:

http://www.cvltnation.com/a-change-is-gonna-come-the-gits-documentarynow-showing/

Jam Spreader:

http://www.jamspreader.com/2013/03/14/throwback-thursday-the-gits/#.UlRXaGTEq0Y

Musical Musings and other Stuff:

http://musicalmusingsbysima.wordpress.com/2012/07/26/the-gits/comment-page-1/#comment-174

The Fader:

http://www.thefader.com/2008/09/23/the-gits/

Where the long trail ends:

http://wherethelongtailends.com/independent-indies-the-gits/

The Hollywood interview, w Gits movie director Kerri O’Kane:

http://thehollywoodinterview.blogspot.com/2008/06/gits-lead-singer-mia-zapata-1965-1993.html

Seattle Weekly on Gits Movie:

http://www.seattleweekly.com/2008-06-25/news/getting-the-gits/

Pop Matters:

http://www.popmatters.com/review/the-gits/

Hullabaloo:

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2008/07/saturday-night-at-movies-punk-is.html

After Ellen:

http://www.afterellen.com/get-familiar-with-the-gits/09/2008/

SF360:

http://www.sf360.org/?pageid=11296

Everything Explained:

http://everything.explained.at/Mia_Zapata/

Seattle Subsonic:

http://www.seattlesubsonic.com/2008/07/09/long-live-the-gits/

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/viva.miazapata

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Gits/25988385199

Gravesite.com:

http://www.death2ur.com/mia_zapata_gravesite.htm

Rootsweb Obituary:

http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/OBITUARIES/2009-06/1244081057

Stalking Seattle:

http://stalkingseattle.blogspot.com/2012_02_01_archive.html

 

Songs:

Second Skin 1992:

Graveyard Blues  (Actually a cover of Bessie Smith’s Blue Spirit Blues) Live 1988

A Change is Gonna Come (Sam Cooke Cover….duh) 1993:

Eleven 1988:

It All Dies Anyway 1992:

Seaweed (subtitulado) 1992:

Look Right Through Me 1988:

Ain’t Got No Right 1992:

Precious Blood 1993:

X-Ray Cafe Live, Portland June 1993

“While You’re Twisting, I’m Still Breathing” – 2:38
“Insecurities” – 1:48
“Slaughter Of Bruce” – 3:14
“Absynthe” – 3:04
“Another Shot Of Whiskey” – 2:40
“Wingo Lamo” – 2:19
“Here’s To Your Fuck” – 1:50
“Second Skin” – 3:13:

Wingo Lamo 1992:

It Doesn’t Matter 1988:

More:

7 Year Bitch – M.I.A. 1993:

School of Rock Covers Second Skin 2010:

Home Alive Promo Video:

Books/Thesis:

Girouard, M. O. N., & Sarah Lawrence College. (2009). Heavy Angel: Mia Zapata: Exploring the living memory of a Seattle legend.

Mia zapata. (2013). S.l.: Book On Demand Ltd.

Social Love I Lyrics:

Well I don’t need your social love, no
I feel misread enough
And what repels me
Is the fact that you’re smiling
Walking on by, walking on by
Yeah when it hits me
See it still gets kinda heavy
Yeah when it’s laying there over
It’s wide open and read

I don’t need your social crap
You head iron sleep boys
I can see, what repels me
Is your pretentious stare
You never look me in the eye
Or feel the truth
Yeah when it hits me
I see you still gets kinda heavy
Yeah when it’s laying there over
It’s wide open and read

I don’t need your social love
I already feel misread enough
And what repels me
Is the fact that you smile
When you’re walking all back
There’s a connection to be made
It’s something you always crave
And now that it’s over
Hell, I’d set that fire that you know you like
And now when it hits me
See it still gets kinda heavy
Yeah when it’s laying there over
It’s wide open and read
How dare you?

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