Mark Simpson has turned his attention to ‘pretty punks’. Amazingly for him, he has acknowledged that punk is/was very male-dominated but there are some great women punk artists such as Siouxsie Sioux and Poly Styrene. I have written about punk and metrosexuality before! And Simpson has ignored me in his inimitable fashion.
In the comments Simpson claims that Brigitte Bardot would ‘rip Debbie Harry to shreds’, showing simultaneously that he knows Blondie’s work whilst also being able to gently put down the peroxide artiste. Classic Simpson.
But I have news for MetroDad. Debbie Harry is as hard as nails. She would have to be, to make a name for herself in that ‘male dominated’ arena of punk pop music! NOBODY would rip her to shreds.
SO I am going to list my favourite hard as nails punk WOMEN who are as strong, provocative and downright scary as those punk boys are pretty.
Apart from Debbie Harry, there is of course PJ Harvey, wielding her guitar like a massive cock or a chainsaw:
Kat Bjelland of Babes In Toyland, screaming and writhing her way through the Riot Grrl revolution like no other:
Pauline Black who is a ska singer (ska is influenced by punk) but her attitude is 100% PUNK ROCK:
And finally, the amazing, the fearless, the poetic, the slightly unhinged, Patti Smith (who I am going to see live in concert in September):