[TypicalGirls] Random Observation

Chuck Warner chuck at hyped2death.com
Tue Jun 19 17:18:35 EDT 2007


This is quite interesting. Between a boatload of late-60's-70s bands 
from Curved Air to It's a Beautiful Day to Dan Hicks --all the way up 
to Dixie Chicks ;o), there are/were TONS of bands with female singers 
and violinists. Often one and the same. Laurie Anderson, Tiny Town, 
Dambuilders, Tiny Lights, Rebby Sharp, Passionel, Hugo Largo, Ed's 
Redeeming Qualities, Scorched Earth Policy +++

Immediate memory fails me on many others, but the statistical 
correlation between women in bands and violins, violas and cellos is 
through the roof.  Theories?

>Interesting... (I'm a female rock violinst myself) I think
>that, due to their arty bent, these bands wanted to
>incorporate instruments that were not necessarily
>considered rock-by-nature (rather than this being directly
>related to gender).  Tho I guess many people argue that the
>off-kilter/experimental nature of Liliput and The
>Raincoats' songwriting is a direct result of being
>female/having a feminine aesthetic. There's something about
>that argument that I don't like but I can't quite put my
>finger on it. I guess it's just that I hate to see musical
>ideas pigeonholed by sex when there are so many other ways
>to describe music which don't invoke the whole ball of
>gender stereotyping wax.
>--- Tim Murphy <timmy.bear at gmail.com> wrote:
>  > Was just thinking, ...each
>  > of these bands incorporated a violin player at various
>  > points.

Chuck Warner
Hyped to Death CDs/Messthetics
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Westminster, Massachusetts 01473

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