Girl Fucking Power: A Playlist

3 Aug

Ah, girl power. Just saying the words makes you feel better. Girl power. Go on, say it with me: girl power. Grrrl power.

Being the 20 something that I am I was introduced to girl power via the Spice Girls. I was pulled into a world where friendship meant everything, [which it does] girls were just as tough as boys and one day, you too could own a Union Jack bus. You may think it’s sad to say this, but the Spice Girls were my first taste of feminism.

SWAG. photo from here

Fast forward a few years and it was all about the mighty force that was Hole. This was feminism on a whole other level- there was so much conviction and aggression in their songs, so very different from the bubblegum pop of the Spice Girls. This was a world where relationships were messy; people screwed you over and judged you for the littlest things. But it sounded so good and I was smitten. [True story: Doll Parts was the first song I learned to play on the guitar.]

So, this here is the very best in girl power. It spans a number of genres, decades and vocal ranges; from Aretha Franklin’s soulful anthem ‘Think’ to Amanda Palmer’s phat beatz on ‘Map of Tasmania’, this mix is influential, rebellious and loud. It is here to inspire and educate, to make a statement and to dance badly to. Burn it to a CD or copy it onto a tape, [does anyone remember those?] turn it up loud, get your girls over and ROCK THE FUCK OUT.

  1. Hole- Violet
  2. Patti Smith- Gloria
  3. Mika Miko- I Got A Lot
  4. Nikki Lynette- Shut The F Up Boy
  5. Heart- Kick It Out
  6. Kimya Dawon- Loose Lips
  7. The Distillers- Hall Of Mirrors
  8. HorrorPops- Freaks In Uniform
  9. Bikini Kill- I Like Fucking
  10. Sick Of Sarah- Overexposure
  11. The Noisettes- Don’t Give Up
  12. The Slits- So Tough
  13. Amanda Palmer- Map Of Tasmania
  14. Sleater-Kinney- Oh!
  15. Joan Jett- Bad Reputation
  16. Areatha Franklin- Think
  17. The Donnas- Take It Off
  18. Cyndi Lauper- Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
    *BONUS TRACK*
  19. Spice Girls- Wannabe

About the writer: Daisy is an irregular photographer, wannabe writer and full time female. In between tea and toast breaks she spends far too much time on the internet blogging, tumbling and tweeting. She is unapologetic in her love of the Spice Girls.

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