Rip Her To Shreds

Posted: June 14, 2012 in Masculinities, metrosexuality
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Punk music 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!

Someone claims that Brigitte Bardot would ‘rip Debbie Harry to shreds’, showing simultaneously that they know Blondie’s work whilst also being able to gently put down the peroxide artiste.

But I have news for them. 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):

  1. redpesto says:

    Rior Grrl? Pah – they owe everything to the Slits

  2. Matt Lodder says:

    Just off the top of my head and in no particular order:

    Gee Vaucher from Crass
    All of L7 – how could you have forgotten about them!
    Poison Ivy from The Cramps
    Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth
    All of Bikini Kill, particularly Kathleen Hanna – how could you have forgotten about them, Riot Grrl!
    Patty Schemel (and maybe even Courtney Love!) from Hole
    Lorna Doom from the Germs

    More recently: Candace Kucsulain from Walls of Jericho (who is INCREDIBLE!); Theo Kogan from the Lunachicks; Brody Dalle from the Distillers; Jen Johnson from F-Minus…

    Oh, there’s so many. And you missed most of the good / interesting ones! And that’s without even mentioning all the amazing women in metal

    • QRG says:

      I didn’t forget L7 but I have featured them before! I don’t want to become predictable…

      I am right off Kathleen Hannah and Bikini Kill because…feminism. I will write about it sometime but I find it upsetting. it is my heritage and I have rejected a lot of it

      • Jonathan says:

        Bikini Kill were more about politics than music anyway. Riot Grrrl had energy and attitude, but musically I mostly prefer the bands “lumped in” with RG than in the movement itself; e.g. L7, Babes in Toyland (pre-RG), Seven Year Bitch, Lunachicks, Excuse 17, Dickless, Red Aunts – and in the UK, Daisy Chainsaw.

  3. paul says:

    Patti Smith indeed. There is no one like her… Have you seen the recent documentary (Dream of Life)? I’ve only seen her once, but it was quite a thrill and I even got to say hi to her afterwards. On a page of the CD insert for “Gone Again”, in lieu of an autograph, she drew a shaky cross above the name of her husband Fred “Sonic” Smith, whom she’d lost a few years before… That CD also contains a tribute to another friend, Kurt Cobain.

    Such integrity as an artist and going strong. Enjoy the gig!

  4. […] anthems had me mesmerised. They are part of the fanfuckingtastic tradition of hard, kick ass Punk Women from Debbie Harry to Toyah to Siouxsie Sioux to Poly Styrene. She is also a good example of […]

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