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Rebel Girl(s)

The song from the band Bikini Kill, "Rebel Girl" (1992) written by the band members Billy Karren, Kathi Wilcox, Tobi Vail and lead singer Kathleen Hanna is a good representation of the Punk subgenre 'Riot grrrl'.


A great cover from The Melvins.  However rebellious this music may seem to some, you need to go way back to understand this is nothing particularly new.

There is a long history of women who created their own way to express themselves through music. I've mentioned some of them (pioneers if you will) in previous blogs like Sister Rosetta Tharpe in my first blog and Ma Rainey in my fourth posting. While some of these artists are hard to classify they fall generally under certain genres and subgenres. The aforementioned being primarily gospel and blues respectively, each type of music had its innovators and leaders, some well known, others much less so and even quite obscure. It will take more than one blog post but I'm going to pick a few of the major g…

April 19th

April 19th

Its my wife's birthday today (a milestone is all I'll say) and I'm going to write about some of the music through the years and add a few of her favorite songs that I hope others will enjoy as well. Before you decide to stop here, although I'm being self indulgent (and a bit personal), there's some great songs to follow! I mentioned in 'Classic Rock' the Led Zeppelin song "Fool in the Rain" being her favorite and the fact that she is not a huge music fan but supports my obsession. Having been dragged to more than one show that gets the "that was nice" response she has however seen live concerts of artists she likes such as; Elton John, Bon Jovi, David Bowie, Rod Stewart, and Jann Arden. She really enjoyed productions like, Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera.

Traveling back in time a bit (like I've never done that in my blog!), in high school most of us are exposed to a lot of music from friends, radio, music class an…

The Greatest Songs Part 2

The Greatest Songs Part 2

Continuing on from the top 5, according to Acclaimed Music are:
#6 Johnny B. Goode which I covered in my Chuck Berry post.


 #7 "Be My Baby", the Ronettes with lead vocals by Ronnie Spector (Veronica Bennett) released in August of 1963. Written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector who also produced the song with an early demonstration of his "wall of sound" formula. There is quite a bit to say about this song that hit #1 only on Cash Box, while it reached #2 on Billboard's Hot 100 and #4 on the R&B and UK charts. Backing vocalists included the other two Ronettes, Ronnie's older sister Estelle Bennett, and their cousin Nedra Talley, Sonny and Cher, Darlene Love (with The Blossoms) and one of the song writers Ellie Greenwich. The legendary drummer Hal Blaine's (who just passed away March 11) opening has been used in dozens of songs such as "Rag Doll" by the Four Seasons. Brian Wilson was quite obsessed wi…

More Country Classics

Country Classics (again)

It will take a long time of blogging to get through all the best of Country music through the years and while I've examined a good percentage here are some more songs that deserve mention. What makes a song a "Classic" is somewhat subjective but these songs appear on several 'lists' and I have included my own personal bias and as well. As will you notice the numbers of cover versions is not always a measure of how great the song is.


"I've Got a Tiger by the Tail" performed by Buck Owens and written with a frequent collaborator, Harlan Howard (1964). This song went to #1 in February of 1965 and also #25 on the Billboard Hot 100. While Harlan wrote many hit songs for a dozen or so other artists, I don't think anyone recorded more of his songs than Buck Owens. Covered about 30 times including Harlan Howard himself, Ray Charles and Stephanie Urbina Jones.

"Blue Moon of Kentucky" written by Bill Monroe and performe…