My Favourite Female Rockers

The spark for this post came from a library book. I’m currently reading She Bop: The Definitive History Of Women In Popular Music by Lucy O’Brien.

I love music and rock music is my favourite genre. I would say 95% of the music I listen to is rock. I can find something in almost every genre to love – reggae, pop, rap, soul, country – and it is the same with rock. I don’t have many female rockers in my collection but that is probably because I haven’t explored this enough. With rock being such a broad genre, I will give anything a listen – made easier by the likes of YouTube and probably Spotify (note to self: download free version ASAP).

I have always loved Joan Jett, Debbie Harry, Chrissie Hynde, Suzi Quatro and Cher. I thought they were feisty, smart, tough, fearless and badass – traits that I aspire to have. Even within country music, I admire women like Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride and Carrie Underwood.

I have recently started listening to Girlschool and the Runaways, and they sound brilliant. It is not just the music that draws me to these women; it is also their style, fashion sense and the way they carry themselves. They are confident and sassy.

This post is not to bash the several male artists and bands that regularly receive heavy rotation on my iPod but to give credit to the spunky females I adore.

Cher

Cher Sept 2010 – looking every inch the rock chick!

 

 

Suzi Quatro

Suzi Quatro 1970s – sassy 🙂

debbie harry

Debbie Harry 1970s – Blondie’s femme fetale

joan jett

Joan Jett 1970s – love her style

chrissiehynde

Chrissie Hynde – oozing cool like a female Keith Richards

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What’s On My Stereo// AC/DC, Tom Petty

My first post of 2016 is hopefully one I will make into a regular feature. I love my music and particularly rock from the 1960s-1980s, though I will give all types and styles of music a listen.

So currently at home on my stereo (and iPod) are AC/DC and Tom Petty.

My most played tracks this week from AC/DC are:

Shake Your Foundations (from 1985’s Fly On The Wall) Shake Your Foundations

Anything Goes (from 2008’s Black Ice) Anything Goes

War Machine (also from 2008’s Black Ice) War Machine

My most played tracks from Tom Petty are:

The Waiting (from 1981’s Hard Promises) The Waiting

Shadow Of A Doubt (A Complex Kid) (from 1979’s Damn The Torpedoes) Shadow Of A Doubt (A Complex Kid)

You Wreck Me [on iPod only] (from 1994’s Wildflowers) You Wreck Me

Honey Bee [on iPod only] (also from 1994’s Wildflowers) Honey Bee

Change Of Heart [on iPod only] (from 1982’s Long After Dark) Change Of Heart

So there you have it for this week – what’s on your stereos/iPods?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cover songs

Cover versions. For some people covers are anathema, but I like them. That said, it depends what song is chosen. For example, two songs I like which are covers are

Paradise City – Slash with Fergie & Cypress Hill (original by Guns N Roses)

Working Class Hero – Green Day (original by John Lennon)

I like both of these and I also like the original songs.
The flipside of this are two songs where I really don’t like the cover version and prefer the original:

Cecilia – Suggs (original by Simon & Garfunkel)

Baby Come Back – UB40 & Pato Banton (original by the Equals)

All of the originals are on YouTube. Just goes to show that songs are in the ear of the beholder!

My Music

*temporary pause on hectic life*

One of my favourite songs right now is “Gone Gone Gone” by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.

I’m going to a concert by Robert next Monday the 24th in the Olympia Theatre in Dublin. I have seen him twice, so this will be my third time seeing him in concert. I think he is a fantastic singer and performer and I am really looking forward to the concert. Perhaps it will lift me out of my temporary study funk…..here’s hoping!