Kat Bjelland

Kat Bjelland

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Katherine "Kat" Bjelland (born December 8, 1963) is an American punk rock musician. She is the former lead singer and guitarist of the band Babes in Toyland, and is currently the lead singer/guitarist of the band Katastrophy Wife.

Bjelland grew up in Oregon and moved to Portland in the early 1980s, where she met and became friends with Courtney Love. The two formed several bands together and had an on-and-off friendship until Bjelland formed Babes in Toyland in Minneapolis and gained considerable critical success. In 1995, Babes in Toyland released their final album, and the late '90s and early millennium saw Bjelland working on several side projects, including Katastrophy Wife. In 2007, Bjelland was diagnosed with schizophrenia and spent a year in an institution receiving treatment. As of 2010, Katastrophy Wife has yet to release further material.


Bjelland was born in Salem, Oregon and grew up in nearby Woodburn. Her mother was Lynne Irene Higginbotham; her father was Lyle Bjelland. Bjelland's parents divorced when she was young, and she referred to her stepmother in later years as "abusive"Apriam, Lisa Rose. Not Bad for a Girl Documentary (1995). and having a great effect on her life. In the documentary, Not Bad for a Girl (1995), Bjelland revealed this:

Bjelland also said she was told to "shut up" a lot and wasn't allowed to speak, which resulted in her outspoken nature as she grew...
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