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By Mahima Mathur in Muzikk! - On

No, this is not one of those hormonal feminist, bra burning phases of my life. You must have noticed a pattern here. This section only happens to feature all male bands and - what’s that? Sexist pigs? Now now, I’m sure they have a perfectly good explanation (cough *lameassexcuse* cough) for that!

Anyway, this month, world, I shall educate your sexist ass about women who rocked and changed the face of music.

The Runaways


  1. Joan Jett - Rhythm
  2. Cherie Currie - Vocals
  3. Lita Ford - Lead
  4. Sandy West - Drums
  5. Jackie Fox - Bass

In the summer of 1975, Joan Jett met Kim Fowly, a record producer and set out to make something impossible, something practically unheard of in those days, happen- An all girls band. Soon after, they met Sandy west, who jumped in immediately. And before they knew it, they had a full blown five piece, all girls band. In 1976, they were signed to mercury records and released their first album. The band was featured in many famous publications like Rolling Stone, Circus creem and even magazines like Playgirl and choppers. The Runaways went on to become one of the most successful female bands in the history of rock n roll.

Must listen:
Cherry Bomb- When Cherie Currie came to audition for the runaways, she didn’t have anything prepared. So Joan and Kim wrote cherry bomb for her on the spot. Cherry Bomb went on to become Cherie’s signature song.
Hello Daddy, hello Mom
I'm your ch ch ch ch ch cherry bomb
Hello world I'm your wild girl
I'm your ch ch ch ch ch cherry bomb


Angela Gossow

"I didn't set out to become larger than life really."

Oh but she did.

Lead vocalist for Arch Enemy, Angela is one of the few female growlers in the metal scene today. In 1991 she joined her first metal band called Asmodina. They split up in 1998, which led her to form her own band called Mistress. However, after three demos she left them to join Arch Enemy, with whom she stayed. Angela turned out to be the best thing that happened to Arch Enemy. Her first album with them was showered with universal acclaim.

Must listen:
Enemy Within - This was one of the first songs Angela sang with Arch Enemy. It only got better since.


Joan Jett and The Blackhearts

After Runaways disbanded, Joan went on form Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. They are best known for their I love rock and roll cover, which dominated the billboards for months! Joan hasn’t been called the queen of rock and roll for nothing.

Must listen:
I love rock and roll: If you’ve not heard this then you’re probably a wall or a rock. Or into trance… which essentially is the same as being a rock or a wall.
I don't give a damn 'bout my bad reputation
You're living in the past, it's a new generation.



Lee Aaron

Lee Aaron is this beer drinking, entertaining, hard partying epitome of genius. When people started stereotyping her as a metal queen, she disappeared for a while and resurfaced with Slick Chick, an album of finely-performed jazz standards, hence pulling off “one of the biggest musical transformations”. The Georgia Straight, a Canadian newspaper rightly said “She proves that at this point in her career, we underestimate Aaron at our own risk.”

Must listen:

Metal Queen - It’s the song which defines her.

She comes like thunder 

risin' from the ground


The Bangles

In 1980s Susanna Hoffs, Vicki Peterson and Debbi Peterson, with their common love for rock’s golden age, formed Bangles in a garage in California. Their instant click and complimenting voices gave birth to their first album, Sweetheart of the sun. After that there was no stopping them. They broke up for a while, but couldn’t possible be kept away from something they collectively loved. The Bangles reunited in 2000, and are still going strong.
“Within two hours, we were a band, the three of us. And we still are.” – Vicki Peterson

Must listen- 

Dover Beach - It’s one of their lesser known numbers. But one of my favorites! 

Mahima Mathur

Im a bored coffee slugging cynic, who wants to be a wishy washy green tea sipping believer.

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