Looking for some blue, mellow tunes for those rainy, spring days? I know I am here in Seattle! And while you may think this chic mix play-list should be about sunshine and beaches, I think songs about rain are so much more. They are really about our inner thoughts and desires, and the rain, coldness, unease, and uncertainty of it all are symbolized by it slowly dancing on the window pane. So, from my October 7 Women Rock Radio show, I present to you this play-list…Rain Edition.
- Can’t Stand The Rain – Tina Turner
- Lay Down (Candles In The Rain) – Meredith Brooks
- Cue The Rain – Queen Latifah
- Everytime It Rains – Ace of Base
- Rainy Days And Mondays – The Carpenters
- Let It Rain – Jennifer Page
- Walking In The Rain – Grace Jones
- Thank Goodness For The Rain – Peanut
- Come Rain Or Come Shine – Peggy Lee
- It Might As Well Rain Until September – Carole King
- Rain – Madonna
- Don’t Let The Rain – La Bouche
- Run Between The Raindrops – Pat Benatar
- Let The Rain – Sara Barielles
- I’m Only Happy When It Rains – Garbage
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
Well gee finally!
Considering most inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been (and continue to be) men, it is nice that the place is starting to recognize the contributions women have made and continue to make to music. Their new exhibit entitled “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power” will open on May 13, 2011.
You can check out some images from the exhibit here.
Despite the lack of (que Aretha) respect given to female artists, I hope this exhibit will be a permanent or constantly updating, featuring, and a changing part of the museum, and not just a token display. A permanent exhibit would really give women the props they deserve. If it’s not permanent, it continues the notion that “women who rock” aren’t really normal, that “women in rock” are just a fluke. So, now that we “honored” women, back to our regular man-rocker 24/7 coverage.
From what I can tell from the website, the display will feature women in music from the 1920s with artists like Bessie Smith to current rockers like Lady Gaga. The features will include outfits worn by these women (I hope that isn’t the bulk of the exhibit….seriously these women are musicians, not models!) handwritten song lyrics, videos, concert posters, instruments, ect. You can also record your own personal message in a recording both on how these women have shaped or impacted your life.
The exhibit will also kick off with a concert featuring the one and only Wanda Jackson and Cyndi Lauper. I am going to try my hardest to make this opening just to see those two on stage. What magic! What legends!
So, while I have some reservations as to if this exhibit will meet the standards of professional admiration, respect, and exposure for female artists that male artists receive, I am hopeful it will at least continue to remind people that women rock, and always have. While we don’t need a museum to validate our art, we will know we truly have gained what we deserve when they don’t have a special exhibit for “women who rock,” but when women are just a regular part of the museum.
Photo via The Runaways.