In celebration of International Women’s Day, here’s some Youtube gold from some of my favourite women musical artists from the late 1980s and early 1990s. First up, Bilinda Butcher sings My Bloody Valentine‘s certified indie-dance crossover shredder, ‘Soon’.
Next up, Miki Berenyi and Emma Anderson of Lush defeat all comers on ‘De-Luxe’ from their debut EP.
No list of women artists would be complete without mention of Kim Deal, here fronting her band The Breeders on ‘Cannonball’.
I couldn’t work out which song by Sonic Youth, featuring Kim Gordon on vocals, that I’d like to share. In the end I settled on ‘Bull In the Heather’ because a) it reigns and b) it reigns.
Now for a slight change of pace: the ‘haunting’ sounds of Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins singing ‘Iceblink Luck’. Actually, I’d never seen this video until just one second ago.
The sound quality on this one is not so great but just the sight of Kristin Hersh of Throwing Muses swaying as she performs ‘Red Shoes’ live at Glastonbury actually made me cry the first time I watched it. And the second time, too.
Not to forget Aussie indie bands who kicked, here’s Clouds singing ‘Cloud Factory’, their first single.
I might be showing my age here, but it was either Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians or Tracey Chapman. I decided to go with Edie, simply because ‘What I am is what I am, are you what you are or what?’
Second to last, but by no means least, I faced a difficult choice between Enya and Sinéad O’Connor. You’ll be relieved to discover that I chose Sinéad, and that I chose her rendition of ‘She Moves Through the Fair’, a song that Simple Minds tragically butchered during the intro to their abominable ‘Belfast Child’. Plus, I really like the top she’s wearing in this clip.
Finally, perhaps fittingly, here’s The Sundays with Harriet Wheeler singing their breakout single, ‘Here’s Where The Story Ends’. Gosh, 1990 seems so long ago now, doesn’t it?
Of course, there’s hundreds and thousands of women artists deserving of praise not just today but every day of the year. Comments, suggestions, recommendations?
* Actually now I think about it, it’s sixteen women who shook my world, but who’s counting.
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Davey Dreamnation (1972–?) is an Australalian musician, vocalist, pirate and record-label owner who now lives 'in the third person'.
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