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There are multiple artists called The Gits: 1) A disbanded American punk rock band from Seattle Washington; and 2), an active Polish /Oi! band.

1) The Gits were an American band, formed in Yellow Springs, Ohio in 1986. Known for their part in the burgeoning Seattle music scene of the early 1990s, they were known for their fiery live performances. Members included singer Mia Zapata, guitarist Joe Spleen (born Andy Kessler), bassist Matt Dresdner and drummer Steve Moriarty. They dissolved in 1993 after the murder of Zapata.

During their existence, the band released two studio albums, one compilation of early recordings, one live recording, three 7” singles and appeared on various compilations. The band also recorded on a few independent labels, and released its two studio albums on C/Z Records. In 2003, each release in the band’s discography was remastered and expanded with bonus tracks on Broken Rekids.

Though the band never signed with a major label and never reached a mainstream audience, Zapata has nevertheless been cited as an influence by many female vocalists.

*Mia Zapata - vocals
*Joe Spleen - guitar
*Steve Moriarty - drums
*Matt Dresdner - bass guitar

album discography:

Frenching the Bully ( C/Z records)

Enter: The Conquering Chicken (C/Z - Broken)
1993 CD/LP

Kings & Queens ( Broken )
1995 (recorded 1988)

Seafish Louisville ( Broken )
2000 (recorded 1993 )

Best Of The Gits (Adrenalin)
2008 (various dates)

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