REM’s Peter Buck says Sleater-Kinney ‘changed what rock’n’roll could be’

The riot grrrl group will reissue their back-catalogue next week

Artists including Spoon, Eleanor Friedberger and Peter Buck of REM have spoken about their love for Sleater-Kinney prior to the band’s back-catalogue getting reissued in boxset form later this month.

Carrie Brownstein, Janet Weiss and Corin Tucker put the outfit on hold eight years back to focus on side-projects like Wild Flag and Quasi. Now, the likes of Spoon, Eleanor Friedberger and Los Campesinos! have described to NME what the band mean to them.

Speaking to NME in the brand new issue, which is available now on newsstands and digitally, Spoon’s Britt Daniel called the trio “a force to be reckoned with”, while Los Campesinos!’s Gareth Paisey said they were “a band with the rare legacy of having never taken a misstep”.


Meanwhile, REM’s Peter Buck said the group “changed your perception of what rock’n’roll could be”, adding: “Were they kindred spirits to REM? Absolutely. They were politically oriented without being real preachy… They were noisy, uncommercial, wilful”.

Sub Pop Records will put out ‘Start Together’ on October 20. The release will be limited to 3,000 copies and will contain remastered versions of all seven of the band’s albums on coloured vinyl as well as a hardback book featuring never-seen-before images of the band.

Elsewhere, The Vaccines have said they’re working on a ‘Sleater-Kinney-inspired’ third album.