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Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Top 11 Hottest Women in Grunge

Posted By on Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Sure, the grunge era produced its fair share of long-haired, flannel-loving, Converse-wearing male beefcake. But early '90s rock also made famous a bunch of strong-minded, talented -- and really, really sexy -- female rockers. As Nirvana's Nevermind turns 20 this week, and Pearl Jam celebrates two decades years of being a band, we think it's time to look back at the top 10 hottest women in grunge.

Previously: The Top 10 Hottest Men in Grunge.

11. D'arcy Wretzky, Smashing Pumpkins

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Billy Corgan might not have been much to look at, but the Smashing Pumpkins still presented eye candy for connoisseurs of both the male and female forms. Guitarist James Iha sure was pretty, but was he prettier than bassist D'arcy Wretzky? Debatable. (Bonus fact: Wretzky now lives in a small town in Michigan, and earlier this year, she was arrested twice: once for for letting her horses wild, and a second time for driving drunk. And as a mugshot sadly proved, any good looks she had are now pretty much gone.)

10. Courtney Love

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Whatever you think of what she's done in the last 20 years, there can be no denying that when grunge was at its peak, the then-Hole singer was close to the top of hers aesthetically. Look at those big eyes, straw-colored locks, and doll face, and try to tell us that Kurt Cobain didn't do pretty well for himself (at least in the looks department).

9. Kat Bjelland, Babes in Toyland

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In case Kat Bjelland's looks aren't enough to her justify her place here (and they are), recall that Bjelland kicked Courtney Love out of her band for being terrible. Amazing, right? She's hot before you consider that, but afterward, she's about 5,000 times hotter.

8. Kathleen Hanna, Bikini Kill

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Yes, we know that Bikini Kill was arguably more pure punk rock than grunge. But since it was Hanna who inspired the Nirvana lyric "Smells Like Teen Spirit," she easily fits in here. Also, Kathleen Hanna is smart, fearless, and can rock either a fiery punk look or a hot librarian outfit like few others.

7. Donita Sparks, L7

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Speaking of fearless women, we'd be remiss without mentioning L7 singer Donita Sparks, who had a don't-fuck-with-me attitude to go with her beautiful face. After technical difficulties stalled L7's performance at the 1992 Reading Festival, the crowd got angry and started throwing mud at the band. Sparks' response? She threw her used tampon into the crowd and yelled, "Eat my used tampon, fuckers!"

6. Nina Gordon, Veruca Salt

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You couldn't really tell in the video for "Seether," but underneath those loose T-shirts and surly attitudes, Veruca Salt's Nina Gordon and Louise Post were both lookers -- Gordon especially, although it took until she remade herself as a sensible pop songstress for her model-quality countenance to really come out.

5. Melissa Auf der Maur, Hole

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Meet Hole's Melissa Auf der Maur. This leggy bass player and friend of Supreme Ego Chrome-dome "Billy" Corgan recorded comeback album Celebrity Skin with the band and has gone on to relase her own solo albums. And how do we say this but, er, cough, *waayhotterthanCourtney*, cough. 'Scuse us!

4. Inger Lorre, The Nymphs

Inger Lorre might have been the baddest girl in grunge -- and she was definitely one of the hottest. The legendarily cantankerous frontwoman of onetime Geffen signees The Nymphs (named after a stage of insect larvae, she said, not the nubile Greek female deity) is perhaps best known for pissing all over the desk of a Geffen A&R exec to exact revenge for her band being mistreated. If that is not badass, we do not know what is. Also, she looked like that.

3. Liz Phair

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Liz Phair, Liz Phair, Liz Phair. Are you actually super hot, or do you just have a nice body and show large pieces of it off in pictures? We'd lean toward the latter, but after spending an evening with you in a small club last year (when you smoked a cigarette onstage), we are convinced that you are truly hot.

2. Justine Frischmann, Elastica/Suede

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"The girl who looks boyish is the intelligent boy's choice," the gorgeous Justine Frischmann, co-founder of Elastica and Suede, once said, explaining her short hair. She also once said that Blur frontman Damon Albarn, whom she dated for a while, has the "lowest sex drive of any boy." Ouch. Elastica, when it wasn't shamelessly ripping off Wire, wrote some songs that any mind steeped in '90s MTV will never forget. Nowadays, Frischmann is a painter who apparently lives in San Rafael. Before then, though, her band filmed the flirty video for "Stutter" in San Francisco. Smitten yet?

1. Shirley Manson, Garbage

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Things that make Shirley Manson hot: 1) Her adorable Scottish accent; 2) Her fiery red hair; 3) The fact that she sang a song about only being happy when it rains (which must have meant she was happy a lot, because it rains all the time in Scotland); and 4) Her badass pottymouth attitude. There were better grunge bands than Garbage, but as far as strikingly beautiful women, the era never topped Shirley Manson.

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