Who’s Your Favorite Frontwoman?
I haven’t opened up one of these discussions for a while, so I’d say it’s high time for another roll call of Line Out readers’ opinions.
I’m not generally inclined to introduce gender as a categorical caveat, but when it comes to vocals and stage presence, there’s no denying that being male or female is a distinguishing trait (we’ll get to the boys next time). When it comes to ladies who deliver the goods, either behind a studio mic or in a live context, there a few that instantly come to mind, starting with the two critical British Pollys, this one:
And this one:
If you’ve never had the pleasure of watching Sharon Jones ignite the stage she shares with the Dap Kings, then you simply haven’t lived a full life:
Even though I was one of the responsible parties for this issue of The Stranger, I still stand behind my assertion that the live sets I saw her deliver in 1994 were some of the best I’ve ever seen:
Paybacks leader Wendy Case doesn’t fuck around when it comes to owning the stage and her gravel-and-honey voice is incomparable:
Lastly, any discussion of fierce female bandleaders would be woefully incomplete without a mention of Mia Zapata. Believe it or not, it was 13 years ago today that she was taken away from her family, friends, and community. I only hope her work with the Gits is still influencing other young women (and men) today:
I could go on and on, but now I want to hear from you guys—please share your favorites in the comments section.
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