[TypicalGirls] Random Observation

Kelsey Guntharp kbguntha at hotmail.com
Tue Jun 19 18:51:58 EDT 2007

In my opinion, I think that it's just that all of those bands added a 
"female" perspective to the music they were creating. And that was part of 
the point of it. There is something strange to me about picking things out 
like this as if they are weird. I know we don't want to divide the sexes but 
there is something specific about a woman's experience that I think most 
women can relate to, whether they identify with it or not (and i think a lot 
of us obviously don't). And learning string instruments perhaps was a 
feminine thing, particularly back then (seems like its much more acceptable 
to learn traditional rock instruments these days?). And it's because of 
incorporating these experiences that we have these awesomely amazing bands 
that changed the face of rock. I don't see it as stereotyping, and in a way 
I think not recognizing that detaches us.

I hope no one gets me wrong here, I in no way think that being a woman 
specifies someone to a particular style.  But I do think music is about 
expressing oneself and as women, like I said, there are a lot of stereotypes 
and expectations that we carry with us everyday, everywhere. You can't deny 
it. We're just typical girls. (ha ha. couldn't resist that one.)

My 2 cents.


>From: Chuck Warner <chuck at hyped2death.com>
>Reply-To: "Typical Girls: Women in Punk/Post-Punk/Underground Music (Circa  
>1975-1980s)" <typicalgirls at lists.ibiblio.org>
>To: "Typical Girls: Women in Punk/Post-Punk/Underground Music (Circa  
>1975-1980s)" <typicalgirls at lists.ibiblio.org>
>Subject: Re: [TypicalGirls] Random Observation
>Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2007 17:18:35 -0400
>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.
> >Emily
> >http://shepherdessband.com
> >
> >--- 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
>P.O. Box 351
>Westminster, Massachusetts 01473
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>TypicalGirls at lists.ibiblio.org

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