le tigre i'm with her

This is what the election cycle needed: a Le Tigre comeback!

The influential feminist dance-punk trio have returned after a decade with the pro-Hillary Clinton anthem "I'm With Her"

- Oct 19, 2016

If nothing else, the rise (and hopefully massive fall) of Donald Trump has brought a boom in protest music not seen since the Rock Against Bush era. It's made unlikely political players out of guys like YG and Pusha T, inspired a whole 30 Days, 30 Songs campaign of anti-Trump songs, and destroyed a whole canon of classic rock standards.

It's even brought a few of the more unabashedly political bands of the last couple of decades out of retirement. But since REM only released a live version of an old song, and the second coming of Rage Against The Machine, Prophets of Rage, has fallen so sadly flat, it's up to another group to bring the fire: Le Tigre.

Le Tigre: "I'm With Her" (Official Music Video)

The influential feminist dance-punk trio — Kathleen Hanna, Johanna Fateman, and JD Samson — have just released their first new song in a decade. Come to think of it, "I'm With Her," the pro-Hillary Clinton campaign motto that also gives the song its name, could almost have been a riot grrrl slogan written by Kathleen Hanna. Here it's refashioned as a teeth-sharpened rallying cry for the bounciest, most incisive songs of this fruitful cycle. It'll get right in your head, and hopefully stay there til Tuesday, November 8.

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To be fair, Le Tigre's "I'm With Her" is more a pro-Hillary song than an anti-Trump song, which is refreshing for those of us tired of focusing all conversation around the toxic candidate. And it makes sense considering the video was made with director Laura Parnes and producer Tanya Selvaratnam for Filmmakers for HillaryBut there are some vicious lines here that put the human trigger right in its crosshairs:

Trump thinks Putin is a “very strong leader”
Just like him, a fascist bottom feeder
Building a wall is his greatest vision
Bigotry colors his every decision

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Read Le Tigre's full "I'm With Her" lyrics below, courtesy of Pitchfork:

One, two, one, two, one, two, three
Who do we want? We want HRC!

[Verse 1]

She doesn’t bake cookies, doesn’t play much golf
And the whole world is watching her persistent cough
Pass the wicked witch a glass of water
Careful not to spill it, you might melt The Donald
She’s already done the math
And she’s ready with a plan
And she’s always got to work
Twice as hard as every man
Bye bye, bye bye . . . Trump has got to go!

[Chorus]

I’M WITH HER
TO THE TOP
SHE’S WITH US
WE WON’T STOP . . .
I want a problem solver, a true rock climber
Pantsuit-wearing herstorical first-timer
I want a listener, a negotiator
A legal scholar, supreme court nominator
We can’t, we can’t, we can’t we can’t, we can’t wait . . .

[Verse 2]

Trump thinks Putin is a “very strong leader”
Just like him, a fascist bottom feeder
Building a wall is his greatest vision
Bigotry colors his every decision
She’s already done the math
And she’s ready with a plan
And she’s always got to work
Twice as hard as every man
Bye bye, bye bye . . . Trump has got to go!

[Chorus 2]

I’M WITH HER. . .

[Background vocals]

Abortion is healthcare, it’s a human right
Policy homework ’til the morning light
NRA stands for murder and hate
Gun laws now! We can’t wait!
One, two, one, two, one, two, three
I don’t want a racist in the President’s seat
One, two, one, two, one, two, three
I don’t want a sexist, it’s 2016!
One, two, one, two, one, two, three
Who do we want? We want HRC!

[Chorus 3]

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