Monday, March 27, 2017

Women Who Rock and/or Make History: Siouxsie & the Banshees and June Carter Cash

March is Girl Women's History Month.

Fact: girls can do things too!

Fact: girls can't do rock and roll, or so one might conclude from the paucity of females inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (motto: "We've got Randy Newman!"). Real fact: girls can do rock and roll (some of them).

Since I am enjoying getting on my high horse (or getting high on horse), I'm going to double dip with a series of girl-on-girl posts. It's a combination of a female musical act (or a band with a female member [possibly more]) that merits* induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and a female who did something like bake a cake or killed a guy (Laura Bush killed a guy).

Siouxsie Sioux is, unquestionably, the queen of goth music. Artists as notably non-goth as Radiohead, The Smiths, Suede and Garbage cite the band as an influence. Where one might parse the music of Donna Summer or Run DMC to find rock & roll within the body, there's nothing but rock for Siouxsie & the Banshees. 

I probably haven't thanked Kim directly for whatever happened that resulted in us seeing Johnny Cash (and June Carter Cash) in concert in New York City, fall 1989, on a weekend when folks from college radio would have been seeing Red Hot Chili Peppers or Jane's Addiction or Soundgarden or Iggy Pop (maybe). I was able to see any of the expected artists later. I had a decade to see Cash & Carter Cash, but somehow seeing them that weekend made for a much cooler outing and took care of that item on the bucket list.

June Carter Cash was a singer, songwriter, actress, writer, dancer, comedian. She's included here because she wrote "Ring of Fire" and, to a much lesser extent, helped Reese Witherspoon with an Oscar.

* There is a wide spectrum of rock & roll gravitas for the artists included in the 31 I will include. I feel like a reasonable case can be made for each, and everyone one of these is at least as worthy as Randy Newman, 2103 inductee.

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