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The 1990s in Music – Women Bring It!


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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
  • TLC
  • En Vouge
  • Ace Of Base
  • No Doubt
  • Tori Amos
  • Sarah Mclachlan
  • Alanis Morisette
  • Spice Girls
  • The Cranberries
  • Fiona Apple
  • Lauryn Hill
  • No Doubt
  • Belly

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As she says ” There is room for all of us on everyone’s iPods. This is not the first time I have been unfairly pitted against another female artist but it will be the last time I comment on the matter. “Can’t hold us down….”” Via E! & Xtina.

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Britney, Mary J., & Lita


Britney Spears is speaking out against unreal body image by releasing untouched and retouched photos of herself at her latest photoshoot. I give the girl props! via Jezebel.

Mary J. Blige’s “Be Beautiful And Give Back” charity is giving 30% of the proceeds of all sales made on April 13 and 14 to Blige’s women’s organization FFAWN. So, do it and help a great cause for women. via Tonic.

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Tonight: “Hope For Haiti Now” Concert featuring Madonna, Beyonce, Rihanna, Shakira and more…


Tonight the “Hope For Haiti Now” benefit telethon and concert starts at 8:00 p.m. EST on a variety to TV stations including: MTV, VH1, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, the CW, HBO, CMT, PBS, TNT, Showtime, Comedy Central, Bravo, E! Entertainment Network, National Geographic Channel, Oxygen, G4, Centric, Current TV, Fuse, MLB Network, Epix, Palladia, SoapNet, Style, Discovery Health and Planet Green.

If you don’t have cable like me, you can stream it on: YouTube, Hulu, as well as, some radio stations.

Some of the women will be performing, and others I am guessing hosting, but the list includes: Madonna, Beyonce, Rihanna, Shakira, Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, & Sheryl Crow.

Truly a great time to see some female musicians and help the people of Haiti.

Music from the performance will be available to download at: iTunes, Amazon MP3, Rhapsody and many other music sites.

You can donate here:

Online: http://www.hopeforhaitinow.org
Phone: 877-99-HAITI
Text: Text “GIVE” to 50555
Mail: Hope For Haiti Now Fund, Entertainment Industry Foundation, 1201 West 5th Street, Suite T-700, Los Angeles, CA 90017

I also recommend giving to CARE – A humanitarian organization focusing on the needs of women and girls.

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