For a long time (way too long if you ask me), the hard rock and heavy metal genre has been considered a boy’s club. Not that many female artists popping up, especially not many making noise and getting recognition for their talent. In my high school years, it was mostly just Lita Ford leading the pack by a mile, with very few others trailing far behind. Of course, you will still hear the occasional "she's hot" or whatever rude comment that has nothing to do with the music they are making. And of course, you hear people complain that with the female singers its more about how hot the girl is. I can counter that with the comments I hear from girls about guy singers too. How many times have you heard the same kinds of comments about Axl Rose, Joe Elliot, Vince Neil, Bret Michaels, etc? It goes both ways.
Before we get into my list, as always this is more about turning you onto new music. So you won't see Joan Jett or Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks. Everyone knows who they are. So, open up the oncoming playlist or open another tab in your web browser for YouTube and get ready for a deep dive. Side note: these are not in a real particular order. I just ramble them off.
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I was thrilled when Dave came up with the idea to do a piece on female fronted bands and jumped at the chance to have my say! Anyone who knows me or has listened to any of my playlists knows I fall in love with a singers voice first. Dave has included some of my top picks, like Lizzy Halestorm, Taylor Momsen or Shirley Manson, which are awesome picks, and here are some of the fierce female front ladies you should be listening to!
You have to realize that back in the day, here in Ireland, we were limited to what rock music we were exposed to. We didn't get MTV until the late 90's and it wasn't until we got channels like Kerrang and Scuzz that I found music like Joan Jett... well, in a legal capacity....( Thanks Napster lol)
Stand out Tracks: I Love Rock'N Roll, Bad Reputation, I hate Myself for loving you, Fake Friends, and Cherry Bomb.
Have Dave and myself left any one off the list that you would have add? Let us know in the comments!
Susan Harris is a writer from Cork, Ireland and when she’s not torturing her readers with heart-wrenching plot twists or killer cliffhangers, she’s probably getting some new book related ink, binging her latest TV or music obsession, or with her nose in a book. She is a proud founding Member of the Muser VIPers and is responsible for Melanie not breaking the Website on an almost daily basis!
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