Re: Women in Rock and Roll & Popular Music
posted at 10/22/2010 1:12 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Women in Rock and Roll & Popular Music
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Women in Rock and Roll & Popular Music : There were a lot of young ladies leading the boys back in those 80's New Wave bands. When people talk about Lady Gaga, I always like to bring up Dale Bozio from Missing Persons . Now someone tell me again how Lady Gaga did not rip Dale off when it comes to stage appearance.
Posted by jesseyeric[/QUOTE]
Missing Persons were interesting. They were musicians who played with Frank Zappa (Dale & Terri Bozzio, Warren Cuccurullo) before creating their own band - check out The Torture Never Stops, among others. She was also a Playboy bunny. I always thought their videos were cool, and agree that gaga rips her off, at least in appearance. Since I've never heard gaga's music I can't comment on further similarities. Dale was born here in Boston, btw.
I'll add Natalie Merchant, though not all of her stuff, but TigerLilly was pretty good. Also k.d. Lang, who started out singing backup for Roy Orbison. The disc All You Can Eat is excellent, and I think she won a grammy for that. Sarah McLaughlin's early stuff is among my favorites, especially Solace and Fumbling Towards Ecstasy...her voice is like gourmet hot chocolate, although some of her more recent stuff can be a bit sappy. The Indigo Girls had some catchy tunes, great harmony on songs like Galileo, but I never bought any of their stuff. And Sinead O'Connor too, before she became so political. I've always liked Joni Mitchell (who at one point had Pat Metheny Group as her backup band) and Ricki Lee Jones, but Ricki is kind of hit or miss. Some of it's really good, while some of it, like Ghostyhead, her attempt at trip-hop, I find unlistenable. Outside of the realm of rock I like Diana Krall, a jazz vocalist who is married to Elvis Costello, and Oleta Adams, who was discovered by Tears for Fears and is awesome on the Sowing the Seeds of Love disc. Her solo stuff is more soul/r&b, but man, she's got some serious pipes.
Growing up I liked Heart and some Stevie Nicks, though much of it was beaten to death by the radio. I'm sure I've left out some, but that's all I can think of at the moment.
Ah, yes of course, Carole King, one of the most successful songwriters ever. From Wikipedia -- She holds the record for the longest time for an album by a female to remain on the charts and the longest time for an album by a female to hold the #1 position, both for Tapestry