The number one song in the country right now is Uptown Funk, the catchy tune by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars that seems to be playing on every radio. Seeing the song top the charts made me realize that I know nothing about female funk musicians. Who are the must-hear ladies of funk?
I first discovered Tori Amos when I was a teen girl trying to make sense of the world. Her music guided me through the lows and embellished the highs, and to this day she is my favorite living musician. I also love cover songs, so the fact that Tori frequently reinterprets other artists’ work is the icing on my fandom cake. Here are some of my favorites that she’s done, along with the name of the original artist. And trust me, there are plenty more where this came from.
I don't believe in "good" or "bad" years when it comes to feminist music.
Someone, somewhere is always making good, smart, emotive, political music that promotes respect, education, and equality (or the out-and-out misandrist revolution, which is a record I will always, always buy). It's never a bad year to be a feminst. Some years are harder WORK than others, and this year has certainly been THAT, but here we are at the end of it, and I had the easiest time I've ever had putting together this list of great female and/or feminist music from the last 365 days. (And one from the tippy end of 2013, because SOME OF US had already written up our lists by the time it came out, thanks a lot, Beyonce.) There's sex, death, breakups, solidarity, and poetry on here. There's songs that are happy and sad, lustful and rageful, quiet and as loud as it gets. Hope you like it.