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
Peaches cribs! Love it!
We may be up for a new No Doubt album soon! via Paste.
Emmylou Harris and fighting against mountain top coal removal via Paste.
Listen to Patty Loveless’ Mountain Stage concert now, via NPR.
Mary J. Blige is set to play Nina Simone in a new biopic. Cannot wait! via Pitchfork.
Blondie added to Hop Farm Festival via NME.
I am so SICK of the faux cat fights between female musicians. The latest is Lady Gaga vs. Xtina. Ugh. It’s like every time I see a feed about it, I get the visual of some dirty guy going “Oh yea, fight about who dresses weirder girls.” Please! I give props to Xtina for noting that all the media hype about her and Gaga is totally just to separate female musicians and make for raunchy gossip.
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.
RockherMag seems to be posting again! Yeah! Check it out for women in music awesomeness. Much like this blog.
New segment! Chic Mix Playlists!
Here I will feature 7 songs that I like, revolve around a theme or genre, or are just cool. This is the first of hopefully many!
My Teen Years Vol. 1
There are some songs that defined my awkward adolescence. Some of these artists were the first cassettes/CDs that I owned!
- Madonna – Ray of Light
- I also had Madonna’s Immaculate Collection, but Ray Of Light was the first album I had by the pop queen. It really got me into India and Henna.
- Spice Girls – 2 Become 1
- My girlfriends and I performed this at our highschool talent show. What can I say?
- Mariah Carey – Fantasy
- I remember singing this one over and over and wishing I could roller blade.
- La Bouche – Be My Lover
- My dance tune. “Ah ha, yea, hey he, wanna be my lover!”
- No Doubt – Just A Girl
- I played the Tragic Kingdom album in my cassette player when I would go for walks. I always think of it when I excercise now.
- Alanis Morissette – Ironic
- A sample of my angst bitterness….I haven’t outgrown it yet.
- Ace Of Base – Beautiful Life
- Another great dance tune! Love the piano.
Photo by Looking Glass.