We’re entering a time of ’90s nostalgia….and that means plenty of Riot Grrrl recapping. You know, Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney, Team Dresch, Bratmobile, ect. But what about now? Where have all the grrrls gone? Who’s out there raising hell, standing up, refusing to be silent? Where can you find powerful female role models, speaking up for their rights, breaking the mold and doing things outside the box in 2011?
Well, thanks to the magic of tagging on Band Camp, I have found a few artists that I think carry the torch for Grrrls of the 21st Century. I am happy to introduce to you: The Cathy Santonies, QueenBee, Catherine Elms, the ovens, Räuberhöhle, Doll Fight!, Demimonde Slumber Party, and Lipstick Homicide.
Revolution Grrrl Style NOW!
If you can’t see their music players below, that means you don’t have Flash. Just click on their names for direct links to their tunes.
Photo via here.
The Sound Opinions radio show is quite awesome. They have covered various artists that I love including Chrissie Hynde, The Vivian Girls, and Janelle Monae. Now, the show is called “Sound Opinions” so, it’s a show featuring the things the hosts Jim & Gregg like. But I was a little disappointed in their recent show on the music of 1991, or at least the music that signified 1991 for them. That list didn’t include any women. 😦
Now, it wasn’t until a a few years later when we had mainstream media exposure for a lot of female artists we think of as staples now-a-days (Sarah McLachlan, Gwen Stefani, Beyonce, ect) but however, there were plenty of women doing grunge type stuff just as prolifically and passionately as Nirvana.
So for future reference, here are some albums that symbolize 1991 for me by the ladies who have just as much to say as Radiohead or NWA.
- “Nature of a Sista” – Queen Latifah
- “Bikini Kill” – Bikini Kill
- “To Mother” – Babes in Toyland
- “Smell The Magic” – L7
- “Pretty on The Inside” – Hole
- “Little Earthquakes” – Tori Amos
- “Black’s Magic” – Salt ‘n Pepa (technically 1990, but “Let’s Talk About Sex” was released in 1991)
- “Dreamy” – Beat Happening
- “Gish” – Smashing Pumpkins
- “Emotions” – Mariah Carey
- “The Comfort Zone” – Vanessa Williams
Also, NRP’s All Songs Considered Blog just posted a note asking if the 90s were awesome and asking what music readers hold dear from that decade. Were the 90s awesome? Of course they were! Thankfully some readers made sure to comment on the amazing female artists of the time. Unfortunately, most did not mention the ladies and bands with the some ladies who rocked the decade. Sure, it maybe that none of the readers jammed out to Shawn Colvin, but we shouldn’t forgot these talented artists!
This is one of the problems with retrospectives and “best of” lists that get complied 10, 20 years after something happens. A few names get remembered (mostly male, see any Rolling Stone greatest list) and everything else disappears. That is why we loose so many amazing female artists because they do not get included in these types of lists or retrospectives ,therefore, later generations have no idea what was “cool” during a specific time period. (Sure some male bands and artists are lost too, no argument there, but when it comes to remembering musicians, male artists dominate those lists.)
As a culture we don’t think these women are important enough to remember, or the list makers happen to be male, and often only include other men in their lists (they might not even realize, and it may not be intentional, it but that doesn’t make it any less ok though.)
Yet another task for Jukebox Heroines, to make sure women who rock are never forgotten!
In case you don’t know, here are some women who turned it up in the 90s. By no means definitive, but this is just off the top of my head. Who am I missing? Let me know in the comments section! 🙂
- Courtney Love
- En Vouge
- Ace Of Base
- No Doubt
- Tori Amos
- Sarah Mclachlan
- Alanis Morisette
- Spice Girls
- The Cranberries
- Fiona Apple
- Lauryn Hill
- No Doubt
Enter a modern rock odyssey with Ghost of Summer Suns’ debut solo album.
Elizabeth Elkins’ songs seamlessly blend crunchy electric guitars, with potent stereo effects, dark, watery pianos, and vocals that beckon and echo with femme-determination. Her lyrical scope is impressive and visceral. Drawing from the late 1990s surge of women in the mainstream of music like Tori Amos, Meredith Brooks, and Annie Lennox, Elizabeth’s music invigorates the female singer-songwriter genre with an edgier fervor and a guitar work that acts as a sonically diverse and separate musical entity.
You will be sucked in by the siren’s vocality, and grin with indulgence at six-string shadowplay.
Begin a rock & roll journey through the seas of doubt, subculture, and inner desires of the heart with Ghost of Summer Suns….Jukebox Heroine.
Must listen: FireTrap
- Lisa Loeb – I Do
- I now have cat eye classes like hers. Too rad!
- The Cardigans – Love Fool
- They always played this on VH1. Total 90s, I can’t even describe it.
- Fiona Apple – Criminal
- Now that I re-watch this video, I am concerned about the whole druggie/heroin vibe. Then again, that was the 90s as well.
- TLC – Waterfalls
- Stick to the rivers and lakes you’re used to!
- Meredith Brooks – Bitch
- Yes, I am a bitch. It should be my theme.
- Natalie Imbruglia – Torn
- This is so how I felt when my heart was broken for the first time.
- Garbage – Only Happy When It Rains
- Yea, until I moved to Seattle.
Photo by mutednarayan via flickr.