11/6/13

Favorite Grrl Groups: Part 1

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Well Hello Hello My Dear Pussycats,
Today I bring you a list, but it is not just any list. Today I bring you a list, of my favorite, girl power-bad ass-musically talented-sometimes middrift bearing- pussycats otherwise known as GIRL GROUPS, in no particular order. I'm also warning you right now that this list has no cohesion and it varies over more than half a century. And if you remember anything from my previous post about my Boyband Boyfrands (click here) then you should know that I know more about pop music than Ms.Spears herself, *whispers softly* I love you Britney...

ON TO THE LIST!
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1) Bikini Kill is one of my favorite fem bands because they are just the musical personification of "grrl power." (Although upon research I realized they have a male guitarist, but wateverrr they are still all about fem power okay?) They have rough guitar, no fucks given attitudes and stand up for girls everywhere not trying to make anything "pretty." With zines in hands and sweat dripping during every performance these babes: Kathleen Hannah, Kathi Wilcox and Tobi Vail made a name for themselves and for girl kind in the rough music industry. 

While basically all of their songs are very feminist, I think the most feminist in my opinion is "I Like Fucking." 

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2) Destiny's Child was one of those bands that I literally grew up with. It was actually really sad because there used to be 4 members, so when we'd play pretend, I would be whatever the fourth girl was but then she LEFT the band and I was devastated. I had to pretend to be Solange (which in retrospect is actually wayyy cooler than whatever her name was). These three lovely ladies: Kelly Roland, Beyonce Knowles and Michelle Williams, tore the music industry apart in their monochromatic leather digs, washboard abs and amazing harmonies. They are not only breath takingly gorgeous but each of them possess this unique spirit that I think is in direct representation of their musical talent and ground breaking place in the industry. Above all platnium records and all awards they achieved knowing just how difficult the road was for these ladies and just how hard they worked to make it, to be successful, to break glass ceilings and to spread a positive female message to the world, warms my heart. Plus, Beyonce had to come from somewhere, and it just reminds me that I'm NOTHING without my girls.

I think their most feminist song probably has to be "Independent Woman part: 1"

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3) Pussycat Dolls, now I know you guys must be like "ummm Sasssquatch? These ladies are super antifeminist" BUT I DISAGREE. While one could easily criticize The Pussycat Dolls for songs like "Dontcha" where the ladies discuss in a harmonious fashion how much better they are than this man's girlfriend and how they hypothesize that he wishes his girlfriend was "hot," "fun," "raw," "a freak," like them, I dare you to dig deeper. This band is comprised of 6 (later 5) beautiful women each of a diverse cultural background, who all dance together and harmonize  AT THE SAME TIME. They became famous not by chance but by working their ass off and showing off the fun part of feminism all while embracing and exploring their sexuality through their dress and music. They stress the importance of loving yourself, not needing a man, sticking with your girls and at the end of the day, I argue that The Pussycat dolls may just be the personification of the American Dream (other than their occasional girl-hate and cultural appropriation nobody is perfect guys)

I think their most feminist song would be "I Don't Need a Man."

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4) Haim GAH you guys know how much I love Haim, and we all know how much our girl Elizabeth loves Haim click here but I don't know if I've ever been able to properly articulate my thoughts about this band other than me just squealing and jumping up and down. Haim is an idie rock band that comprises of three sisters: Danielle, Este and Alana and they just kick major ass. There sound styling has been describe as a "music written on a lakeside retreat attended by Stevie Nicks, John Wait and En Vogue" by Sam Wolfson of The Guardian, However I would describe then more as music written at the clam bake of Wilson Phillips and Chromeo. Anyway they are cute, there music is absolutely darling and inspiring and they have the shiniest hair ever. I can't . I think my favorite part of this group is the fact that they are sisters, nothing means more to me than sisterhood, so if I can support another set of sassy sisters who sing like sirens, why wouldn't I?

There most feminist song has to be "Don't Save Me"

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5) Girl's Generation, sooo not gonna lie, I really don't understand the majority of what these 9 South Korean darlings are singing but they are just adorable okay? If you haven't seen one of their music videos, youre life is incomplete! Maybe its because I'm from an area with a large Korean community but I adore Kpop and the fact that these girls have trained this hard, and look that cute while dancing and singing and spouting the occasional english phrases, I'm done! I actually can't love them any more! The members are: Taryeon, Jessica, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona and Seohyun and each are darling and unique in their own way. I think Sunny is my favorite, her hair is just so amazing always!

I couldn't tell you what their most feminist song is, largely because I don't speak Korean however they are the symbol of what international girl power really can do, they stole a ton of awards at the first ever Youtube music awards and they only sort of attempt to speak english, but I like that! DONT GIVE INTO OUR WESTERNISM WE LIKE YOU GUYS FOR YOU!

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6) The Runaways were an all-female rock band from the 70's consisting of: Sandy West , Joan Jett, Micki Steele, Lita Ford, Peggy Foster, Cherie Currie, Jackie Fox, Vickie Blue, Laurie McAllister †.The Runaways were the first all girl teenage rock band to have major success, being undoubtable their self, and not abiding by gender stereotypes of how young ladies should act they broke down barriers and paved the way demonstrating what teenage girls can actually do. I think they are the quinessential symbol of young girl power and that just because you are young and just because you are female does NOT mean that you can't make your dreams come true. They changed the world while they were young woman and were one of the symbols later for the third wave of feminism. No matter how small you may think you are you can change the world, one guitar string at a time.

There most feminist song in my opinion, and this is really a low hanging fruit (pun) and a very obviously pick, but I'm gonna have to say "Cherry Bomb."

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7) The Supremes, originally founded as The Primettes, members: Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson and little Miss Diana Ross, tore it down when it came to Motown. They were/are the most successful Motown act to date not to mention America's most successful vocal group...ever. With matching outfits and spectacular vocals, they set the template for hundreds of girl groups to come. Working as a team and achieving major success despite adversity in such a racist and sexist industry they just killed it across the board. "Where Did Our Love Go?" "Baby Love," "Stop in the Name of Love," and "Back in My Arms Again" are just a few of their biggest hits, and yes, they were actually a hit making machine. What I think was one of the most feminist quality of The Supremes was that they embraced their femininity completely, not trying to compete with the boys but to be the best girls they could be in terms of their dress and vocals. And of course, we've all seen Dreamgirls if that film is not about the true feminist struggle than I don't know what is!

There most feminist song has to be "Things Are Changing"

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8) The Spice Girls, now any child from the 90's knows about these ultimate sugar sweet babes. Melanie Brown (Scary Spice), Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice), Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), Geri Halliwell and Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice), sounded like the musical personification of a lollipop all while spreading the message of "girl power" AND while wearing platform sneakers, can you say tres difficle? With a box office film and just about a million products "spiced" they made a name for themselves in the industry FAST. The Spice Girls were my introduction into feminism and I was fortunate enough to have them in my life at such a vital age. As a child I was raised on girl power, which is not something many generations can say. Having the constant message of girl power and being constantly reminded about what I can achieve as a girl filtered into my conscious and subconscious mind as a child I think really benefitted my child hood development, confidence and my knowledge of feminism and I must thank them for that.

Their most feminist song might just have to be "Wannabe" because it stresses the importance of friendship and that us girls must stick together.

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9) Danity Kane is an American girl group comprising of members: Dawn Richards, Shannon Bex, Aundrea Fimbres, Aubrey O'Day, Wanita "D'Woods" Woodgett that formed in 2005 with a little help from P.Diddy and his reality show Making the Band. This band comprised of nobodies who obviously are SOMEBODY. They were the first girl band to release two albums at the top of the charts. They dealt with Diddy's crazy AND were actually a successful band that came from a reality television show! I give them more than enough credit PLUS this year they decided to get back together (minus D'Woods :() and I couldn't be more excited! YAY Danity! Yay Reunion! YAY YAY!

There most feminist song would have to be "Bad Girl featuring Missy Elliott"

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10) TLC, comprised of Tionne "T-boz"Watkins, Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopez, Rozoanda "Chili" Thomas were a r&B rap trio that began their legacy in the 90's. With hits like "No Scrubs," and "Unpretty" they established themselves as feminist icons teaching young people not to settle for "busters," that if they are trying to get your attention out the window of their friends car then they are no good and that you can fix your hair and get a nose job and buy a ton of material possesions however that won't cure the societal expectation that is forced upon each and every one of us to be this classic ideal of what is "beautiful." Not to mention TLC spread a message of girl positivity and safe sex, two issues that are extremely important to not only girl-kind but to human-kind!

Again their most feminist jams would have to be "No Scrubs" or "Unpretty"

As I was writing this I realized how many girl bands I adore, so this is merely part 1. Nothing makes me more excited than discussing these awesome women and everything accomplished or how hard they worked to get there! 
So I hope you found this inspiring
and let me know what girls I should include next time!
Have a great day and please keep it sassy,
xoxoxo
Sasssquatch

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