Vail is notable for multiple reasons beyond being the center of this early Nirvana scene. In addition to founding the groundbreaking feminist band Bikini Kill, she also started a magazine titled Jigsaw
, which was influential to the growing riot grrl scene in Olympia. Oh, and as for "riot grrl," Vale's also the one who originally concocted the "grr" spelling of the term.
She plays a part in another key event of the Nirvana mythos. When Kathleen Hanna, another riot grrl figurehead, spray-painted "Kurt smells like Teen Spirit"
on Cobain's bedroom wall, she was referring to Vail's deodorant.
Vail and Cobain didn't last long as an item, but they remained friends after breaking up. Cobain didn't take it well, though. He'd been much more attached to Vail than she was to him, and "Aneurysm" documents the emotion.