An Ode To Female Front-men (That Aren’t Siouxsie)

When you
think of Goth music what do you think of? I think of Bauhaus, The Cure, Joy
Division, The Sisters of Mercy, The Cult and Siouxsie (is this how you spell
it?) and The Banshees. It’s funny to think that they’re all bands filled with
make front-man, male guitarists and male-keyboardists. While they’re great to
ogle (maybe in a younger form) they don’t give much fashion inspiration or feminist
inspiration for women. Is Siouxsie enough for everyone?

This is an
ode to all the female rockers, Goths and general inspirational women front-men.

My Four Favourite Front-Women (that aren’t
Siouxsie Siox – because duh)

Courtney Love (Hole)

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Well, Courtney Love isn’t really ‘alternative’ considering in the modern day she’s a house-hold name but she is certainly still a grungy-rocker (okay, maybe not in her most recent albums). Hole was most certainly grunge through she contributed majorly to the Kinderwhore fashion movement. Her sound was once raw and thought provoking – don’t even get me started on her recent albums. Favourite songs include: Rock Star, Northen Star and Dying.

Susan Wallace and Tina Root (Switchblade Symphony)

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This pair held an incredible talent for drama. They fall within the Goth Rock genre, though their sound includes Synths, child-like singing and ethereal melodies. This is the kind of music you wouldn’t want in your scene if you were ever in a horror film – or maybe you would. Favourite songs include: Witches, Wiccan Lullaby and Gutter Glitter.

Lydia Lunch (Teenage Jesus and The Jerks)

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Man, I cannot believe that originally I mistook Lydia Lunch for Lydia Tomkiw (from Algebra Suicide). Luckily I’m a fan of both of them. Lydia Lunch was a part of the No Wave and Post-Punk scenes but I just consider her an experimental artist. Her music holds tones of cabaret, tribal and generally frightening sound affects of men laughing and speaking. Her music (including her band) is said to be a mutilated expansion of Punk-Rock. Favourite songs include: Atomic Bongos, Dance Of The Dead Children and Suicide Ocean.

Who are your musical inspirations? Do you covet any female front-men?

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13 Comments

  1. You are so right, I think Courtney is, despite all the rumours and trouble surrounding her, one of the most influencial women in rock-history. For me Tarrie B. of My Ruin, former Tura Satana, was also very inspiring and Debbie Harry had an impact on me for sure. You always have great topics on here – me like 🙂

  2. Boxie Willow: Thanks for letting me know. I tried looking it up but apparently there is a bit of confusion since both Switchblade Symphony and Inkubus Sukubbus have been attributed to the song, along with another band called Gypsy.

    So, honestly, I have no idea. But still, thanks.

  3. Some female-fronted Goth bands off the top of my head are X-Mal Deutschland, Mephisto Walz, Blood & Roses, Il Giardino Violetto, Autumn, Stimmen Der Stille … I could go on for ages! These days, female-fronted and male-fronted goth/deathrock bands are pretty balanced – you've just got to look past the mainstream 😉

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