If you haven’t noticed by now, but I’m quite in love with all things the ’80s and early ’90s; you know, all the nostalgic things from my childhood days. It’s funny how I can throw off people by merely saying, “Oh yeah, I was born when the Soviet Union was still around,” which makes me feel somewhat old. I may be a “millennial” by definition, but don’t group me with the young twenty-something ones.
That said judging from the recent revival of aesthetics from these bygone generations, I’m going to continue to flaunt my “80s/’90s lovefest proudly. Despite all the recent homages/re-interpretations, alas, not everything that was actually good back in the day can be resurrected to the same level.
For instance, whatever happened to strong female rockers? I said female rockers and not female singers. We have Beyonce, Adele, Florence Welch, and the likes, who can belt out notes with no problem, but I’m talking about female singers who truly embody the rock n’ roll spirit. In other words, real, badass women.
So in case you are unfamiliar with how revolutionary some these women were back then, let me re-introduce you to some of the iconic songs that still hold up well today.
1. “Because the Night” by Patti Smith
This song encapsulates everything that I love about the rock genre. I mean she has that devil may care sound and look down. Not only that, she’s still rocking her way around these days.
2. “Maria” by Blondie
Debbie Harris is the epitome of coolness. She exudes raw energy and sex appeal, just totally natural. I mean, if you have her chiseled cheekbones and bleached blonde hair, you would flaunt them, right?
3. “Hounds of Love” by Kate Bush
With her wispy, elfin look and wild hair, Kate Bush is a shapeshifter, a changeling that speaks poetry through her songs. She may not be a rock n’ roller per se in the most traditional sense, but she broke new grounds like no other in blending and experimenting with different genres way before everybody else.
4. “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper
Oh, Cyndi, I love how you can wear funky outrageous colors and yet still manage to pull it off with such ease. Again, much like Kate Bush, Cyndi Lauper is more in the pop genre, but her fierceness is what makes her badass even to this day.
5. “Edge of Seventeen” by Stevie Nicks
Who can forget that scene from School of Rock where Principal Mullins loosens up lip-synching to this tune? The intro line can get anyone to gain enough confidence to do that for sure.
Of course, this list is not an inclusive one by all means, as I have not discussed Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, Heart, Janis Joplin, Cher, Siouxsie and the Banshees and others. The list goes on as you can tell. Can you think of any other badass female rockers?
On another note, I’ll be talking about old-school hip-hop/rap next time so stay tuned!