Women In Rock

Reading through the article, I was reminded of the press that triple j got after their “Hottest 100 of All Time” and the fact that it was mainly comprised of songs with absolutely no women featuring on them. While triple j was criticised for this, I can’t see how this is anything but a blight on the average triple j listener and on music listeners in general. But what really is interesting is how unexpected the result was in general, It seemed to skip over artists that included females. I mean, who would have thought the list would not have included artists such as PJ Harvey, Björk, Spiderbait and The B-52’s. The fact that only two songs on the list featured female vocals (and the artist was in both cases Massive Attack) is an amazing fact. The voting of, say, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ‘Into My Arms’ over ‘Where The Wild Roses Grow’ is unexpected and does fuel a conspiracy theory that people were discriminating against songs with females. In my opinion things like this are purely coincidental and while I would have preferred to see ‘The Mercy Seat’ on the countdown, you can see the reasons why people vote for one over the other.

The major factor is not in the voting/countdown at all though. While people criticised the list, hardly anyone actually listed bands featuring females that were unexpectedly left out (and a few that did named bands that are hardly “well known”). Quickly scanning through a list I made of what I thought were the best albums of the 00’s, I only had 18 out of the 100 albums that featured female musicians.

Is this because of a lack of women in rock? Possibly, as for a possible reason for this, I wouldn’t be able to say, but by looking at these lists it seems as though this is the case in alternative and/or rock music.

So I think what I’ve found from this is the fact that “alternative” music has a massively small amount of artists that feature female musicians and even further smaller number that female musicians other than bass players…

Further reading: http://www.messandnoise.com/news/4295391

~ by Michael Hodder on July 26, 2011.

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