… Like a lady rockin’ out! Folks, though the fact has been overshadowed by the achievement made for African-Americans in this country, between Hillary Clinton’s historic presidential run, the trumping of daytime TV over the cable news bla-bla, and the dominance of the comedienne, it’s been a groundbreaking year for the ladies. Except for that whole Sarah Palin thing. In tribute, here’s a mix of tracks some of my favorite she-rockers. Here’s to our next president being a lady (and a stone fox at that!).
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01. Stevie Nicks — “Edge of Seventeen” Just about one of the straight coolest songs ever.
02. Joan Armatrading — “(I Love It When You) Call Me Names” “I can’t wait to see you again / I know you’re going to slap my face.” She bad and I like it.
03. Cristina — “Ticket to the Tropics” Underrated new wave from Cristina’s second album, Sleep It Off, produced by Robert Palmer (R.I.P. homie).
04. Bow Wow Wow — “Jungle Boy” “You don’t play Afrobeats with a surf band’s chops—what makes real African music captivating is a tonal range so subtle it creates little hooks among the polyrhythms. Yet a lot of this transcends its own klutziness. M. McLaren’s propagandistic conceits are so outrageous they’re comical, especially in a little samba called ‘Hello, Hello Daddy (I’ll Sacrifice You)’ (’Eat the heart of my kith and kin!/That’s what I’m interested in!’). And the good-legged adolescent grace and vivacity of the wondrous Annabella touch my heart every time she opens her mouth. B+” — Robert Christgau, 1981
05. Lizzy Mercier Descloux — “Funky Stuff” From her 1981 album Mambo Nassau, this is a cover of a Kool & the Gang song.
06. ESG — “Dance” I saw ESG’s last show in Chicago. They still had the goods!
07. The Raincoats — “Only Loved at Night” From the Odyshape album.
08. Fiery Furnaces — “The Philadelphia Grand Jury” The best band making music today. Period. This is from the group’s last album, Widow City.
09. Deerhoof — “Milk Man” Another one of the best bands making music today. Just caught them at the Congress Hotel in Tucson.
10. Os Mutantes — “Top Top” When Os Mutantes headlined the Pitchfork Festival in 2006, they actually played this song. I was stoked.
11. X-Ray Spex — “The Day the World Turned Day-Glo” Screamin’ loud sax scronk.
12. The Slits — “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” I heard it through the grapevine that … this song … is sweet! I got nothing …
13. Siouxsie and the Banshees — “Hong Kong Garden” A fun, borderline racist song, one of the only ones I actually like by Siouxsie.
14. Dolly Mixture — “Remember This” A lesser-known post-punk girl group named for a delicious Scottish confection.
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15. Sheena Easton — “Modern Girl” I like hearing different versions of good songs. Remember, we heard the Camera Obscura cover of this track on my last Odd Pop mix.
16. Blondie — “Fan Mail” One of the band’s best album tracks.
17. Fleetwood Mac — “Think About Me” The best Christine McVie tune.
18. The Shivvers — “Teen Line” A song so cool its title serves as the name for the most essential DIY power pop compilation.
19. The Vaselines — “Son of a Gun” Son of a biscuit!
20. Patti Smith — “Ask the Angels” From her second album, Radio Ethiopia.
21. Suzi Quatro — “Can the Can” I’ve never been able to get too huge on much of Suzi Quatro’s music, but I think her influence really lies in her being one of the first balls-out, leather jacket and fuck-all attitude girl rockers, even before the Runaways or Patti Smith.
22. X — “When Our Love Passed Out on the Couch” One of the best song titles ever.
23. Marianne Faithful — “Working Class Hero” The former teen pop star and Mick Jagger boo turned punk in the late ’70s on her Broken English album.
24. Young Marble Giants — “Final Day” Great single included on the recent reissue of Colossal Youth.
25. Martika — “Toy Soldiers” Eminem knew he must’ve had a hit when he sampled this jam.
26. Blonde Redhead — “Pink Love” The best kinda luv.
27. Stars — “Ageless Beauty” Yet another one of the only bands I really follow these days …
28. Joan Jett — “Fake Friends” Jett’s best single.