Playlist: Lez the Fuck Out (The B-Sides)

You either know the classics (or have intentionally avoided them all your life) — Indigo Girls’ Closer to Fine, Melissa Etheridge I Wanna Come Over, Tracy Chapman Fast Car, Ani DiFranco Untouchable Face and so forth.

But let’s take a slightly deeper look into the Lez the Fuck Out Canon — all the musicians on this list have kissed a girl and liked it.

Lez the Fuck Out

This Is Everything -Tegan & Sara
Blood And Fire – Indigo Girls
To Feel Real – Melissa Ferrick
I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone -Sleater-Kinney
The Promise – Tracy Chapman
Parentheses – BLOW
Where I Stood – Missy Higgins
What Can I Say – Brandi Carlile
TKO – Le Tigre
Camp Out – An Horse
At Seventeen – Janis Ian
Crying – KD Lang
Troubled Mind – Catie Curtis
School Night – Ani DiFranco
Cruel and Clumsy – Chris Pureka
Rebel Girl – Bikini Kill
Genius – Murmurs
Not An Addict – K’s Choice
I Need This – Jessie J
The Weakness in Me – Joan Armatrading
You Don’t Own Me – Dusty Springfield
Everytime I Go to Sleep – Holly Miranda
Lovertits – Peaches

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  1. K’s Choice girl is gay? Goddammit I should’ve known I was gay when I was 16. The world makes so much sense.

  2. This is Everything still makes me weak in the knees! Ten years later, I still love it. It’s my favourite part of t&s shows.

  3. The fact that “Not an Addict” is on here just made my day! Knowing that beautiful voice belongs to a lesbo…bonus points!! No wonder it was on repeat in my car for pretty much my entire senior year in college ;)

    • bonus points period for Reise for including that song. And bonus points for Sarah Betten’s arms.

  4. I made a Perils of Lesbianity mix for a friend last year. I tried to cater for both her reasonable cluelessness about lesbionic music, and the more experienced ears of others who would listen.
    1. MEN – Credit Card Babie$
    2. Siouxsie and the Banshees – Dear Prudence
    3. Jens Lekman – Postcard to Nina
    4. Cibo Matto – Know Your Chicken
    5. Nellie McKay – Cupcake
    6. Team Gina – Butch/Femme
    7. The Bites – My Heart Your Heart
    8. Antigone Rising – Fat-Bottomed Girls
    9. Frances Faye – My Baby Just Cares For Me
    10. Regina Spektor – Somedays
    11. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – 10×10
    12. Dolly Mixture – Shonay Shonay
    13. Polly Perkins – Coochy Coo
    14. Blossom Dearie – I’m Hip
    15. of Montreal – Bunny Ain’t No Kind of Rider
    16. Belle & Sebastian – She’s Losing It
    17. Tori Amos – Raspberry Swirl
    18. Acid House Kings – This Heart is a Stone
    19. Agent Ribbons – Chelsea, Let’s Go Join the Circus
    20. The Vaselines – Molly’s Lips
    21. Junior Senior – Can I Get Get Get

  5. Nice! I humbly submit:

    The XX

    Also, I’m super surprised Uh Huh Her isn’t on here. Riese what happened?!?

  6. This playlist is so gay! I like it.
    My favorite gay lady song is Living room by Tegan & Sara.

    • I once had a drunken sing along with my gay girl friends to Living Room while smoking hookah at 3am. IT WAS AMAZING! That song is full of gay lady win.

  7. I wanna be your joey ramone has been on my dykeadelic mix since high school. glad it’s getting respect!

    • DYKEADELIC!! I am stealing that name for a new itunes playlist featuring my favorite gay ladies :)

  8. you have not included prettyboi her mayday she was making out one of the girls just saying hehe

  9. Lady Gaga and Pink could be on the list as proud bi women who create some pretty cool music? just a thought :)

  10. Autostraddle Confession: I can’t do dyke music.

    there i said it. i’ve felt guilty about that for years. i’ve tried, i swear…forcing myself to “really listen” this time to tegan and sarah and the countless lesbionic playlists exes and friends have made for me and it just doesn’t work.

    i even tried with this playlist and i just can’t lol.

    but i do like me some dixie chicks, tori amos, ani difranco…maybe i just like old lesbian music.

    i feel so left out haha.

    *note on tegan and sarah: i am 100% a fan of the track “Feel It In My Bones” w DJ Tiesto.

    so maybe i just like to dyke out to a fist pumpin beat…?

  11. Brandi Carlile? Oh man, Brandi Carlile. I’ve had a girl crush on her for years. She’s gay?

    I guess I should have noticed all the love songs with names like “Caroline” and “Josephine”

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