Playlist: Girl Power

Last weekend I had the pleasure of seeing all-female metal act Kittie perform at Sydney’s Soundwave festival. It was everything I’d imagined it would be as a teenager, except that their set was cut short and they didn’t play “Brackish” and it wasn’t the original lineup. Even then, it was perfect. It was a show I’d been waiting over a decade to see.

To say that I was once infatuated with all-female musical acts would be an understatement. In my teens I compulsively trawled record stores and libraries for music by and information on every all-female act that had ever existed. I didn’t really care what genre of music they played or if it was typically my jam, I was just so inspired by female musicians rocking out en masse that it became so easy to support them unconditionally.

I hit the peak of my obsession (or “rock bottom”, as some called it) when I borrowed a school friend’s mother’s credit card to buy unofficial Spice Girls collector cards via mail order. The Spice Girls didn’t make it on to this playlist, but a lot of other all-female acts did – there are some riot grrrls, some pioneers and some rockers who are out there killing it right now. Hope you enjoy.

Girl Power

Hej – Skulker
Dark Side – Netocris
Seether – Veruca Salt
Romance – Wild Flag
Born To Be Bad – The Runaways
I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone – Sleater-Kinney
Deceptacon – Le Tigre
Jimmy Dean – Hunter Valentine
Barcelona – The Plasticines
We Got The Beat – The Go-Go’s
Hero Takes A Fall – The Bangles
Bedroom Eyes – Dum Dum Girls
I Want You To Rock Me – Vixen
Pretend We’re Dead – L7
Pleasure and Pain – Girl In A Coma
Hands – Bonney Read
Brackish– Kittie


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  1. Yes! This playlist is going to get me through the really ill-advised all nighter I’m about to start!

  2. I definitely went through a big Kittie phase (mostly because the girl I was crushing on let me share her headphones on a bus ride once and I was smitten). Unfortunately, the first time around I bought an edited version of Spit from Walmart… there were no swear words which made for an interesting listen.

  3. Hey, slightly off topic, but for anyone interested, there’s a new all-female rock supergroup called the Cold & Lovely with Nicole Fiorentino, Meghan Toohey, and Patti Schemel. They have one song up so far, and it’s got a cool throwback alternative feel. Here’s the link:

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