50 female artists continued

OK so my computer keeps farting over the huge amount of videos so i have had to split this. where were we.

22. Ella Fitzgerald

Incomparable.

21. LeTigre

Punky, politics and funny dances. I feel like maybe the post should be shared by Bikini Kill too.

20. Chaka Khan

THE HAIR. you go chaka khan, you go.

19. Eva Cassidy

One of those cases when fame comes posthumously. Although Eva was well known in her home town of Washington it wasnt until three years after her death that her album made it to number one. She is one of the most talented singers I have ever heard with a remarkable talent for interpreting other peoples music and bring something completely new.

18. Cyndi Lauper

Making her debut with the remarkable album ‘She’s so Unusual’ shows amazing confidence as an artist, and including a song about masturbation, what a legend. Cyndi Lauper has a fantastic knack of looking at society dispelling of rose-tinted glasses and still having a ball.

17. Janis Joplin

You know when Stevie Nicks sites you as an influence you have done some thing wrong. Even when singing a capella there was something so powerful and unforgiving in Ian’s vocals. Another unfortunate early death. Janis passed away at 27 just 16 days after Hendrix did the same.

16. Lauryn Hill

Marred with controversy over reported racism and anti-catholic statement whilst performing in the Vatican, Hill has had a fairly successful career. She became a teen favourite because of her performance in Sister Act 2 and established her career in the Fugees. However Michelle Obamam and John McCain both saying they are fans is probably not doing her any favours,

15. Edith Piaf

An amazing woman, a tiny, fraile, nervous poor girl who pull herself up, duster herself and took the world by story. You couldn’t write the stuff. If you want to know about Madame Piaf I would highly recommend watching “la Vie on Rose’ in which Marion Cotillard plays her from 14-80. tremendous portrayal of an astonishing woman.

14. Nancy Sinatra

So your Dad is Frank Sinatra good luck having a life of your own. You want to be a singer? oh wait your FUCKING AWESOME. Though the song i included “Bang Bang” is a cover I think it shows her soft intensity.

13. Joan Jett

I’m just going to chill out her and think of a way to justify including Joan Jett and not the woman she styled herself on, Suzie Quatro. No, I can’t. My list, i’ll do what I want *head bags to song*.

12.Joan Baez

Im starting to see a pattern here. Women +Music = Politics. Great, isn’t it. Sure, isn’t that the point of art, to hold a mirror up to society. Thats exactly what this lady did. The Queen of Folk. She has been on the go for 56 years.

11. Loretta Lynn

You tell them Loretta. not a bother on this woman telling chaps to fuck right off. Between discouraging men from thinking they are getting the ride if they are pissed and advocating the use of the pill, i think she might be the ultimate country feminist.

10. Liz Fraser (Cocteau Twins)

If anyone can tell me what Liz Fraser is ever saying your a smarter chap than me. I havn’t the foggiest but its beautiful. there is something ethereal to her that makes me feel transported.

9. Bette Midler

From Bathhouse Bette to THe Divine Miss M, what a career. Bette cut her teeth in the gay bathhouses and has been a gay icon ever since. Mastering acting, music, comedy and activism. I adore her.

8.Whitney Houston

Known for her amazing warbbling and amazing lung capacity, i prefer her fun pop phase. That is why this is the song I have chosen to represent dear old Whitney. The juxtaposition of this song against the narrative of her life gives it a weird bittersweet quality retrospectively. None the less, Tune.

7.Mama Cass

I’ll leave Cass and this song to explain herself.

6.Roberta Flack

bring tears to a stone she would.

5. Beyonce

So i am a little disappointed about her calling her tour Mrs. Carter. YOU ARE BEYONCE. Not some dudes wife. Jesus beyonce, but she has definitely earned her stripes. Starting with Destinys Child she has shown she has Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent. RuPaul would be so proud.

4.Billie Holiday

Having written the canon of jazz standards, music would be lost with out Holiday.

3.Alanis Morrisette

Raw and Quirky. MUch more though is her wonderfuly personal song writing and vicious lyrics. Jagged Little Pill is the perfect accompaniment to any break up. The best album to jump around your house to before a  night out.

2. Diana Ross

Try telling anybody your gay without that running through your head. Thank you Diana its the best coping mechanism you could have ever given the world. sound move.

1. Adele

Who in Gods good name just appears at 19 fully formed and becomes the most successfully female artist. Adele, that is who. And does she become a dick head and stuffy and pretensious. No, not Adele. Talented and humbly, wise and gorgeous. Fantastic role model.

Well that is me for the day. Hope you enjoyed my run down of the 50 best female musicians. I has been real fun and all but my fingers are about to fall off.

Here is the playlist that i made to go with this.

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50 female artists

It is a Bank Holiday, all I  want is to be sitting reading the paper and listening to a count down of 50 female artists promised to me by the national broadcaster. However that is not to be the case as they are playing one song off the list between every three normal songs. THAT IS NOT A LIST SHOW. So i have made my own. These are not in any particular order. THey are just fulled together over the last hour.

The artists listed simply represent the singers and songs i would have liked to hear today and who I believe constitute the most influential and noteworthy female musicians. Hopefully you enjoy and this is a nice little soundtrack to your day off.  although currently incomplete I will be updating this throughout the day. just like a wee auld radio show. Enjoy.

50. Madonna

This is cause the girl just gets it. has been on top of her game for years. incredible.

49. Joni Mitchell

Not that this powerhouse needs any introduction, but if you are new to Miss Mitchell I  would recommend first listening to her album Blue. Still one of my go to albums after years of obsessing over music. jazzy and full of emotion.

48. Bjork

Releasing her first album at 7 with some fantastic covers including Lennons ‘Fool on the Hill’ Bjork has not put a foot wrong since. In my opinion.

47. Dusty Springfield.

Can you imagine music without Dusty? No Duffy, No Adele. Tiny, fierce and one of a kind.

46. Barbra Streisand

The woman has EIGHT GRAMMYS, and five Emmys. i have no right to even reckon on her talent.

45. Amy Winehouse

Unfortunately, no longer with us but boy that girl could sing.

44. Tracy Chapman

Obvious song choice I know. Its a fantastic song and i stand by it.

43. Erykah Badu

The Queen of Neo-Soul. You cant deny her influence. Not the most accessible music but worth the effort.

42. Aretha Franklin

If your not moved by Aretha Franklins voice check your pulse. I mean it.

41. Joan Armatrading

Good nice song about lies and betrayal for your bank holiday. I love her though she sounds like she has eaten to much Ice-Cream.

40. Dolly Parton

Just going to lighten the mood with the Queen of the Gays herself there. The thing about Dolly is the more you listen, the more you realise this is an unbelievable talented woman. Much too often she is dismissed as a dumb blonde, that is fucking blasphemy!

39. Nina Simone

A singer, a song-writer, an extremely talented pianist and an activist. In the 40’s in America, Nina Simone might have been the coolest woman in the world. Her songs just fill me with hope and I dont have half the troubles she had. Just so powerful, and sexy. Just check out her singing ‘I wanna little Sugar in my bowl’. mind blowing.

38. Annie Lennox

Yet another activist. what can i say activism turns me on. Her amazing stage presence and androgynous image, made her a teen favourite for this little boy-girl for years. And this songs a Fuckin TUNE as my housemate just opinioned.

37. Dionne Warwick

Cousin to the late Whitney Houston and one of the greatest selling artists of all time, if only she could have shaken the auld drug habit.

36. Cher

Like Madonna, Cher has constantly adapted with the times. She was unfazed by cultures drug explosion in the 60s, turning its back on her and Sonnys clean-cut image and managed to turn into a sex icon in her own terms. Badass, plus amazing in Mermaids.

35. Tina Turner

The biopic ‘Whats Love Got to do with It’ starts with the quote, ‘the lotus is a flower that lives in the mud, the deeper and darker the mud, the more beautiful the lotus grows’. Perfect description of the relentless Ms. Turner, captain my captain. (like im completely obsessed).

34. Janet Jackson

Constantly overshadowed, but what choice did she have being a Jackson. I honestly think she would have been much more popular had she not been compared with her brothers.

33. Debbie Harry

One of the first women to bring punk to the mainstream. Everyone must own Parallel Lines at some stage, just to understand what a powerful woman sounds like. Not a Fuck given by Debbie.

32.  Stevie Nicks

Like I even have to explain the appeal. My guitar is called Stevie.

31. Sinead O Connor

I hope in my heart, of hearts that Sinead is sitting in her house and gloating. I would be. She was right all along and Ireland ignored her. Strong, cocksure and with an abundance of talent. I have no idea how Sinead had the strength to be herself back then but I salute her for it.

30. Marianne Faithfull

Another woman who is no stranger to controversy. There was a wonderful urban legend about the cops raiding a party in the 70’s and finding Mick Jagger eating a Mars Bar from Marianne herself. Why not, I say. Anyway you just have to hear her snarl the words ‘Her cunt in my bed’ in the song ‘Why’d you do it?’ to know there may be some truth in those rumours.

29. Janis Ian

Whats the point being gay if your not going to sing about how alienating it is? I jest but it does make for some incredible music. Also in her autobiography she talks about her parents being so Left-Wing they were investigated by the FBI. That is cool.

28. Kate Bush

She is all kinds of crazy but thats why we love her. When you listen to a Kate Bush you have complete permission to fling your arms around like a mad bastard. You know how great she is, this was her first big song and she was 19. When i was 19 I hadn’t heard of Soy Sauce before so I made a stir-Fry with Coca Cola. Thats not a lie. Kate Bush is better than me.

*pee break time, if this was radio, i would play these songs to keep you occupied, cause their really long and I will probably make coffee. I’ve been sitting here for two hours.

1.Chain of Fools-Aretha Franklin. 2.Papa was a Rolling stone- Temptations. 3. Bohemian Rahapsody-Queens.

alternatively you can read my other blog posts. BRB*

27. Minnie Riperton

Minnie Riperton known for her 5 and a half octave vocal range. Like are you joking me. that is incredible. Not that she doesn’t merit of her own but she also happens to be the mother of one of the funniest woman alive, Maya Rudolph of Bridemaids fame.

26. Karen Carpenter

Beautiful voice, incredible drummer. Tragic life.

I hate brother, sister duos but the harmony guys, the harmony.

25.Patsy Cline

If your thinking about country music Patsy Cline is bound to come up. Another life that was cut tragically short. Patsy died in a plane crash at only 30. It is incredible that she made such an influence to women in music so young.

24. Carole King

Her voice sounds like a warm hug doesn’t it. The album this is from Tapestry just rips me asunder. It is essential for all collections as is proved by its 6 years in the charts.

23.Pink

Many may scoff at this choice, dismissing pink as a current pop icon with no substance. I agree that many of her popular songs havn’t exactly pushed the boundary of music. The think that I believe that sets P!nk apart is her ability, not unlike madonna or Cher, to grow as an artist. If you consider the TLC-esque Pink from the album ‘Take Me Home’ to her current chart hit “just give me a reason” ft FUN. She is a woman who can stay relevant and more power to her.

PART 2: check my newest blog post for the top new 22 songs. see you there peeps.

 

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Songs about Serial Killers

I guess it’s a terrible reflection on society that there is so much attention given to serial killers. I mean most adults in the western world would not struggle to name at least two serial killers off the top of their head. Considering 24 news coverage and the ridiculous fascination with crime scene related drama, it really is no wonder that having an interest in serial killers is completely socially acceptable. So with that in mind, really just me justifying having such a tasteless list, not that I have to, you clicked on it, lets get down to business.

In this list I have covered the best and I believe most interesting songs about serial killers. There are thousands out there and many from the same genre. Who knew that heavy metal would draw such influence from bloodbaths? Not I. So, rather than run down a generic list I have tried to pick songs across the board to fill this list. Enjoy, as much as one can/should.

To begin, the Prince of Misery himself:

Jack the Ripper-Morrissey

Classic Morrissey dripping with anguish yet juxtaposed with the most malice lyrics like ‘I know a place were no one is likely to pass’. Morisseys focus on the iner-turmoil gives you the uncomfortable feeling of being within the beast and accidently empathizing. It also captures the fear surrounding the anonymous nature of the Ripper with the lyrics ‘Nobody knows me”. Terrific and unique interpretation of the serial killer tune. Win for Moz.  I’m going to call him that. I think he would hate it.

*I think the cake I am eating is stale. (unrelated, or is it)

Old Mean, Ed Gein – The Fibonaccis

A female voice addressing Charles Manson and telling him of Ed Gein, this is a terrifying premise for a song but an extremely interesting look at the cultural influence of these men. To further that point the narrator talks of Manson introducing her to certain music. This is because Manson himself was a musician and actually auditioned for the Beach Boys. I know that Brian Wilson is nuts but imagine Manson in the Beach Boys. Music History meltdown.  Now obviously there is no denying the cultural influence of Ed Gein, more on that later but the idea of a 15 year old kid engaging with this topic with such affection is really creepy. I believe that is what makes this song so awesome. It is legit a good song and is currently stuck in my head.

Ed Gein- Killdozers

This is not a good song. The album title is in English so one may presume that so are the songs, but we will never know.  Unintelligible. It had all the potential to be ‘Where’s me jumper?”- Sultans of Ping F.C. but instead sounds like Shane Mc Gowan of the Pogues, ate the Sultans and shat them out. But sure isn’t tht what punk is all about and in its own way isn’t it representative of the culture that allows for the idolation of murderers. Yes, these are all valid points. And now I have made them so you don’t have to. Ed Gein is a goldmine of cultural references. He is the bases of the characters Norman Bates of Psycho, Leatherface of chainsaw Massacres and Anthony Hopkins character from Silence of the Lambs. See that is how you take life and make art from it. Screaming for a minute, I expect better from punk. Also Gein was a bad bastard.

Gacy’s Place – Mentally Ill  (NSFW)

A screaming torrent of noise that would eventually lead any sensible individual to acts of violence, I appreciate their passion but I don’t know to what end they are progressing. I think there might be a more productive means of getting their message across. Im joking, it does what it is supposed to, though wouldn’t have hurt to be a little more articulate. It tells you little of the John Wayne Gacy Jr after whom it was name, except that he is ‘ fucking your kids’. To be honest if he ever got close to your kids, that unfortunately is accurate.  More about that waste of human life shitbag later. There were only 300 of these singles release on there original run however so if any of you have one get in contact.

Son of Sam  – Chain Gang

The beginning of this song is reminiscent of the sound of sirens so I from the start think it is wicked. It encapsulates the tension and fear surrounding having a person like this on the loose. Well it should do as while this song was being recorded the band members spent their time hanging out on the streets looking for Son of Sam, because of the 30k reward. In the song the band address a woman telling her to get a gun. This woman came running towards them saying that Son of Sam tried to kill her inspiring this song. Actually this particular case opened up a really interesting debate about the moral implications of giving media attention to murders and led to the introduction in New York of the ‘Son of Sam law’ . Its worth reading up on. Anyway I think that connection to the events makes this a particularly appropriate addition to this list.

I Don’t Like Mondays- The Boomtown Rats

This is one of my favourite songs. It was actually while listening to this on repeat that I decided to do this list.  This song is about the school shooting by Brenda Ann Spencer  who went to school in Grover Cleveland Elementary in San Diego in 1979 at age 16 and killed 2 adults, 8 kids and a cop. Bob Geldof said he was inspired to write it after hearing the girl being interviewed. The journalist simply said ‘tell me why?’. Brendas now famous response was “I don’t like Mondays”, just like that, with no contrition. That idea is so striking and makes for an extremely powerful song.

John Wayne Gacy Jr-Sufjan Stevens

ALL of the trigger warnings

This is without a doubt the most tragically beautiful song about a serial killer ever. It tells the story of John Wayne Gacy Jr, who I told you  I would get  back to. This song will actually tell you in much more detail that I would be able to face going into about him, so im going to stick to the bear facts. Between 1972-1978 he raped and murdered 26 boys and hid them under his house. Now bearing that in mind Sufjans delicate description of these acts is a little to much for me to handle.  However it deserves to be on this list because it is an incredible song.

Burke and Hare (traditional, kinda) sung by Robin Laing

I was initially going to include Burke and Hare- Screamin Daemon, and by all means listen to it, if you fucking hate your ears.

Then I found this little gem. This is exactly what I have been waiting for a lovely little scathing song by an old man about serial killers being bollocks.  So back story, Burke and Hare where two irish immigrants that moved to West Port in Scotland in 1828. At the time there where not enough Cadavers for the town anatomist Knoxs to work. So showing a bit of initative the pair went out and killed some people to get the cash for  the bodies. Anyway one sold out the other and they got hung. You will know about it, there was a recently released movie about it with Simon Pegg. What I love most about this song is with this serious subject matter. These guys killed like 16 people this dude singing the song has included the line ‘sure beats work said the lazy Burke’. Like that is really going to discredit them. I can forgive the killing but get a job you lazy bastard. It made me laugh. So I think that is a nice wee not to depressing note to end on.  Its been wonderful, and I hope I havn’t scared you or inspired you in any way,

As always Notable Exceptions:

mentions serial killers, not really about them. wonderful song.

this was also supposed to have been inspired by Son of Sam but he was on the loose in ’77 and the original of this was out in ’74. Maybe in was what make them release it in 77.

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Kiss for Marriage

 Hey darlings,

I am going to presume all you beautiful people love the LBGTQ community and think gay marriage is the bomb, even if you don’t want to get married yourself your all like ‘dude, that doesn’t mean imam stop anyone else’. if this is not you and you don’t believe, just leave now before I teach you a lesson, and I will because your dumb.

 

Anyway on that note there is a Kiss In on today at 12 outside the Gaiety in Dublin to show public support for gay marriage. To get us all in the mood for smooching here are some fantastic songs for us to get out lips around. 

 

 

meet you all there.

 

Kiss-In

Outside the Gaitey

South King Street,

Dublin

1200 hours yo.

 

 

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A celebration of aging, Sinead aging!

So this blog was born of a birthday present. It was my girlfriend’s little sisters birthday and I wanted to make her a suitable playlist. Well today another of her wonderful siblings is celebrating her birthday and as they are twins so is my misses. Anyway enough about twindoom, this blog is built on sisterhood.

So I present you with a celebration of what I think encapsulate growing older and the energy of birthdays when you get to our stage of life, early-mid twenties.

Obviously this age is the best of times and the most horrifically terrifying and stressful as you try and present your doing a good job of being a grown-up. While still completing all the pokemon original series and the new ones too. (too many expectations).  But fuck it ya survived being a teen when the number one artist on the billboard Hot 100 was  this.

I’m not lying, in 2002 this was music. Congratulations on being Rad after that shit.

So anyway back to real music. Ima put links to each song with them or if you would rather listen to a playlist ill embed one at the end of this post.

All Your Friends- LCD Soundsystem

Relevant quote: you spend the first five years trying to get with the plan,

And the next five years trying to be with your friends again.

Not only a fucking rocking song that I think sums up some fucking wicked ‘in your early twenties’ nights out but also a song about keeping the party going. What a great birthday message.  Wonderful encouragement to keep giving it socks.

Young at Heart – The Bluebells

Relevant quote: YOUNG AT HEART

I just couldn’t resist. Any excuse to listen to this song really. Its wicked. I mean whats with the bows, are they trying to be Dexy’s??

My Generation  – The Who

Relevant Quote: Hope I die before I get old.

Obviously I don’t wish this on anyone but like, old is a state of mind so you’re sound really.  Plus the Who were obviously lying about that shit cause they is old as fuck and still singing this track. If you appreciate irony you are flying it forever.

Forever Young – Alphaville

Relevant Quote: FOREVER YOUNG, I WANNA BE FOREVER YOUNG

Hands up everybody, and hardcore sway.. ya, wig time. . .toss that hair. (I’m having a great time)

A Touch Of Grey – The Grateful Dead

Relevant quote: a touch of grey kinda suits you anyway

I think this song has a wonderful message, its that kinda everything is fucked, but sure we will be fine’. Might not be your typical birthday playlist but we are not the typical birthday boy are we so get the fuck over it princess.

Video Killed the Radio Star- The Buggles

Relevant Quote : we cant rewind we’ve gone to far.

This was chosen by Molly so you can thank her. But it’s a great choice. Its like ‘Oh my fuck, everything is changing’. And sure isn’t that the joy of life. Isn’t it pet. Sure, it only is.

Ok here is the point of the playlist that we get into the soulful hour of the evening were we sit with a whiskey and talk about the old days when MTV played Music and penny sweets were just that.  So ima take you on a musical journey back in time to artists who have the experience to express these feelings of nostalgia.  Well better than  we can anyway.

Still Crazy After All these years. – Paul Simon

I’m just saying if for some reason some asked me to make a playlist for your 80th birthday, because I am, by then, a cryogenetically  frozen famous space DJ, this is the song I know I would have to choose.

When I Was Seventeen – Frank Sinatra

Now it gets serious. This is the best passing of time song ever, and actually if you get a chance check out the version with Robbie Williams. Surprisingly good. I hope this lulls you into a warm reflection of how wonderful it will be to be in the autum of your years looking back. Might make up for all my ‘die before I get old songs’. Sorry!

When I’m 64 – The Beatles

See how happy being old will be. And you wont be 64 for another million years. Sorted. Puts shit in perspective don’t it. anyway I hope these songs give you a nice little selection of  view points on aging and your birthday. Hopefully they will proved the comfort required so you’d don’t do that whole hiding under tables crying about life as happens to some people around their birthday  (or so I am told)

Anyway darling face, happy getting older day! Love you!

Here is that bad boy as a playlist. Enjoy!

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Songs for International Women’s Day.

 I like to think of International Women’s Day as any other holiday, a damn good reason to celebrate. So how exactly does one celebrate the half of the population that discovered Radium (Marie Currie), the structure of DNA (Rosalind Franklin), the destructive nature of pesticides (Rachel Carson) and the birth of computer programming (Ada Byron –Lovelace). Well ima do it with POP MUSIC!

 

 Since we are celebrating, the playlist has the feeling of a night of partying. It begins with a few screaming karaoke hits and gradually devolves into that aggressive riot grrl we all (most of us) descend into by 4am. Swigging the cooking sherry and smoking on the floor of our kitchens. (maybe, I wouldn’t know anything about that.)   

 

So without further ado here is a wee playlist to pop on in the background of your life today to help you unleash your inner independent woman. Or just a fucking wicked excuse to have a little song and dance.

 

N.B. you do not have to be a woman to enjoy this playlist but you do have to be willing to dance like one.

 

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30 best pop songs of 1983. playlist

AAhh, The eighties.

A decade of big hair, shoulder pads and cocaine.

To translate that if your irish unemployment, new wave and heroine.

Whichever one describes the decade for you, the 80’s was a terrific time for music, probably my favourite.

I recently saw a friend of mine complain online about not being able to source a good 80’s compilation album. I can only presume, judging by her taste, it was pop she was looking for. The aim of this blog was to help with that, however I got distracted, sorry Daneballs.

Now!, when I started researching for this post, I recognized a trend. Many of the songs I feel epitomize the retrospective notion of what 80s music should be were released in the same year. That’s why I believe if we had to describe the 80s in all of its glory but using examples from only one year, it would be 1983.  This year contains the most hits that have lived on and have become known as classics of that era. Generally when making mixed tapes based on a decade, I take 10 songs from each year, with only one per artist. This proved difficult when I got to 1983 so I think it is time this year got a little time in the spotlight.

So just press play for your two hour trip to 1983.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMOGaugKpzs&feature=share&list=PLpBtU1AbchaXmL-TzBqJ26Nfw62QjxWuO

N.B. (for you pedantic pants) Some of the tracks listed were contained on albums released in other years but they have qualified for my list by having achieved chart success in the year 1983.

*also sorry about ads ruining the flow, it really wrecks my buzz.

NOTABLE OMISSIONS!

(Actually see next post for the ten greatest alternative hits of 1983. There are just to many really great tracks that year)

Enjoy and if you have any requests for playlists find me on twitter @GreenIssac.

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