Sleater-Kinney Dig Me Out

In 2006, after the success of their album The Woods (Sub Pop, 2005) and a smattering of final shows, Sleater-Kinney called it quits. They felt they’d done what they needed to do, and it was time to move on to other pursuits. But now, ten years later, they’re back. While a lot has changed in the world since 2006, Sleater-Kinney’s stylistic influence on indie rock has not—if anything it has only expanded.

Sleater-Kinney grazed the top of the CMJ charts with 1997’s Dig Me Out, which hit No. 1 for just a single week, before being relegated to No. 2 by Yo La Tengo’s I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One. A lot has changed in college radio too since ’97, a time when Chemical Brothers and Blur could make it to the of the charts, beating out Daft Punk, an occurrence that would be unthinkable today. But one thing that has unfortunately not changed much since ’97, or even since ’05 when The Woods hit No. 1 on the CMJ charts, is the overwhelmingly male presence at the top of the CMJ charts.

CMJ Chart For The Week Of May 19, 1997

1 Sleater-Kinney Dig Me Out Kill Rock Stars
2 Chemical Brothers Dig Your Own Hole Virgin
3 Polara C’Est La Vie Interscope
4 Blur Blur Food
5 Folk Implosion Dare To Be Surprised Communion
6 Daft Punk Homework Virgin
7 Morphine Like Swimming Fear Dark
8 Bettie Serveert Dust Bunnies Beggars Banquet
9 Son Volt Straightaways Warner Bros
10 Papas Fritas Helioself Minty Fresh

While Dig Me Out was the group’s first time at the top of the charts, it would not be their last. One Beat and The Woods would both go on to sit at No. 1 for four weeks respectively, on otherwise testosterone-heavy CMJ charts.

CMJ Chart For The Week Of May 31, 2005

1 3 SLEATER-KINNEY The Woods Sub Pop
2 1 SPOON Gimme Fiction Merge
3 2 BECK Guero Interscope
4 6 CARIBOU The Milk Of Human Kindness Domino
5 5 RAVEONETTES Pretty In Black Columbia
6 4 OF MONTREAL The Sunlandic Twins Polyvinyl
7 9 BEN FOLDS Songs For Silverman Epic
9 13 NINE INCH NAILS With Teeth Interscope
10 14 EELS Blinking Lights And Other Revelations Vagrant

Sleater-Kinney carved out a space for themselves at the top of the charts and have left their legacy in college radio since. Now returning 10 years later with No Cities To Love, the trio is ready to reclaim a place on radio playlists. And maybe they’ll be able to once again make it No. 1, a spot that hasn’t been held by a female fronted band since August 5, 2014, when Alvvays made it to the top of the charts.