So today we have another guest article/post for you all. Regular contributer Randomnerd has been nice enough to help me out and give a day off basically. So, take it away Ging........
There isn't a lack of female stars in the music industry. Some of them can actually sing, too. But there is that small segment, elusive, mysterious, and talented who do more than just stand and out-diva each other. They actually -gasp- play an instrument! Holy rock 'n rollers, Batman, who knew chicks could rock? That's not a real question, we all know they can, and here are five of my favorite Chicks who Actually Rock...(just imagine the booming voice-over).
5). Abi Harding (sax player, The Zutons)
I'm sure you've never heard of them, but this whacky group from the UK was just kind of bumbling along until Sean Payne started bringing his girlfriend up on stage for a few sets. Her simple saxophone lines added a much needed layer of smooth depth to the tracks, and Abi ended up a bona-fide member of the band. Not something you see much of in rock bands these days, check out the hot horn action in one of my favorite songs of theirs.
4). Melissa Auf der Maur (bassist, Hole, Smashing Pumpkins, solo)
Bassist and band jumper extraordinaire, this is one chick who knows good music. She even played in a Black Sabbath tribute band called Hand of Doom for a while. But I was never happier than to see her go solo. She can strum, she can write, and she can sing. Sure, she's not hard to look at either, but if you come for the pretty face you'll stick around for the tunes. In a world of lack-luster easy listening females, this woman isn't afraid to pump the heavy edge of rock, mellowed only by her voice.
3). Nikki Monniger (bassist, Silversun Pickups)
This woman is brilliant. And I'm not using that term lightly. Without her, Silversun would be just another almost-good hipster trend band. (Sorry, guys, you know I love you, but without Nikki I wouldn't have noticed.) Often times her bass line is what MAKES their songs great. It's the oomph behind everything, and watching her play makes you want to pick up a bass and try it yourself. Mostly so you'll look just that cool.
2). Kim Gordon (bass, guitar, Sonic Youth)
I like to think of Sonic Youth as experimental punk. It's raw and polished at the same time, and pops up with some of the weirdest sounds when you're not expecting them. I always hear them called grunge, and I suppose it's true considering when they came out, but they weren't just another garage band in flannel shirts and dirty hair. And a big reason they rock so hard is Kim Gordon, who plays bass, guitar, and sings. Just listen to Cross the Breeze, from Daydream Nation, and even prog rock fans will lean towards their speakers waiting for the next change-up.
1). Joan Jett (guitarist, vocals, The Runaways and solo)
Yeah, this one's not hard to figure out. And while some of the above ladies might be technically superior to Ms. Jett, let's not forget that without women like her and fellow Runaway Lita Ford paving the road for women in ACTUAL rock 'n roll and not just the fluffy pop music they'd always done, we might never have had an Auf der Maur, a Monniger, or a Gordon. To this day, you put on I Love Rock 'n Roll and everyone in the place will stand up and sing along. That's impact, baby. And Joan left one helluva footprint for all rockin' chicks to step in.
There are many many more women in music that can blow the covers off of speakers. And I don't want anyone to think the order in which I rated them means anything other than that's who popped into my head at that minute. Please shout out and give some free PR to your favorite rock star in a skirt. Or leather pants. And thanks again for letting me hang around the Morbid House!
No, thank you Random:)
I'll say it's always nice to have friends that help contribute new musical influences or band/singer ideas to the your own huge catalogue. Dan and Random have done just that for me. Multiple times I'll check out Dan's Monday's Music picks or talking music to Random, and I'll usually be suggestions to listen to so and so. And you know what? I can honestly I've haven't a bad suggestion yet. Hell, I'll usually wind up downloading the song(for for free bitches;) that same day or the next.
I'm sure there re plenty of you out there that can do the same, so as always, feel more than free to throw in your two cents and musical picks. Be they music, movies, or whatever.
Speaking of entertainment, yesterday I briefly mentioned Son of Anarchy. Watched last night, and DAMN!
I'm sure Dan probably watchd it before I did due to that crazy-ass time zone thing they got going on in Kiwi-Land, but just....wow! No spoilers, but next week is indeed the season finale, and I for one can not wait to see the cliffhanger it ends on.
Also, I was buying my new minutes for my phone card(Straight Talk Baby!) and I found for pretty cheap, the complete 1st season of the 2005 Dr.Who series with the 9th Doctor. Not bad for only 20$. And then right next to it, ws Part 2 of Season 7 with the 11th(or is it 12th now?) Doctor, Matt Smith, for only 14$. Merry Christmas to me indeed;)
That's me for today, enjoy your day:)