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1. The short-lived band formed by Kat Bjelland and Courtney Love in 1985 in Portland, Oregon, United States

2. A Philadelphia punk band formed in 1986.

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1. Pagan Babies were a short-lived band formed in 1985 by Courtney Love and Kat Bjelland. Love and Bjelland had previously been in the San Francisco-based project Sugar Babydoll with L7 bassist Jennifer Finch, however, relocating back to Portland in late 1985, they formed the Pagan Babies with Janis Tanaka and Deirdre Schletter. Although short-lived and non-productive, the band played two small shows at friend’s houses and recorded a demo. Featuring “Cold Shoulders”, “Bernadine”, “Best Sunday Dress” and “Quiet Room”, the demo circulated online in 2005. Both “Best Sunday Dress” and “Quiet Room” were reworked by Love and Bjelland’s later projects Hole and Babes in Toyland, respectively. Love left the group in order to pursue other musicial interests and the band continued under the name Pagan Babies, only to change their name to the Italian Whorenuns in 1986.

2. Pagan Babies were a band from Philadelphia, PA formed in 1986. The band released one LP, “Next” and one 7” single, “Immaculate Conception” before breaking up in 1989. The single was released on Positive Force Reords in 1987 and the LP was released on Hawker Records in 1988. The band were also featured on the Discpan Hands and Wear and Tear compilations in 1987.


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  • Nimbie

    I just pray for release, Bernadine

    21 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Nimbie

    Courtney Love/Kat Bjelland dream pop band is so good (surprisingly good, I'd say).

    15 May 2012 Reply
  • Bill_M

    Pagan Babies always had the best shows. Saw them at City Gardens, in Allentown (Oliver J's?) and somewhere in Philly (the Troc)? Ha, I even had one of the 'Next' T-shirts

    6 May 2010 Reply
  • Deni001

    Oh,God!I remember listening to this band when I was younger but somehow I lost their stuff... :(

    5 Nov 2009 Reply
  • alisabloh

    Courtney Love, Kat Bjelland, Janis Tanaka, Deirdre Schletter

    19 May 2009 Reply
  • cathy_lavigne

    Courtney Love's early band was called Pagan Babies. L7's bassist Jennifer Finch and Babes In Toyland's leader Kat Bjelland was on it, too.

    31 Dec 2008 Reply
  • paulfranco

    i wish this stuff was easier to find in Australia

    1 Dec 2008 Reply
  • ywuntendrolma

    there was a hawaiian band called pagan babies that did a great version of hot hot hot. . .

    15 Jul 2008 Reply
  • LoKi303

    This is the wrong Pagan Babies. Here is the real Pagan Babies

    17 Apr 2008 Reply

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