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Are you kidding me? WTF is Chrissie Hynde?

I'd be Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders. I expected to see Debbie Harry of Blondie too.

Chrissie Hynde!

Chrissie Hynde!

re: front woman

beth ditto

Garbage. Love Shirley

Garbage. Love Shirley Manson!

In full agreement. Oh, the

In full agreement. Oh, the things I'd do for a voice that hot... (Version 2.0 era, preferably).

Frontwoman

Kim Gordon- Sonic Youth
Multi-talented hotness.

Sandra Nasic from Guano Apes,

Sandra Nasic from Guano Apes, hands down!

others, others everywhere...

OI! for Poly Styrene of X-Ray Spex.

& then there's Polly Jean Harvey...

PJ

I voted for Corin (that wail, oh, that wail), but if S-K had never existed, I would've gotten Polly Jean on this poll and voted for her like 50 times.

Kathleen Hanna for Bikini

Kathleen Hanna for Bikini Kill. or for Le Tigre
Kim Deal for The Breeders

Debbie Harry all the way

I agree with the comment expecting to see Debbie Harry/Blondie. And what about Joan Jett? Also Beth Ditto/The Gossip.

Or Others...Such As

Kathleen Hanna for Bikini Kill (or Le Tigre)
Kim Deal for The Breeders (or just a part of Pixies)

Or

Kathleen Hanna for Bikini Kill (or Le Tigre)
or
Kim Deal for The Breeders

Debbie Harry

All about the Blondie.

Where is my option...

...for Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders? Talk about a bad ass woman.

Gotta say...

...there are a lot of male-fronted bands that I, as a woman, would like to replace, too.

Another vote for Kathleen

Another vote for Kathleen Hanna - either during her Bikini Kill or Le Tigre Days
And Amanda Palmer would be a close second!

or....

Janis Joplin!
All the sadness would be worth it to have talent like that.

Le Tigre

JD Samson of Le Tigre all the way. Lo-fi riot grrl electronica + queer gender bending = win.

PJ Harvey, Bjork or Kimya

PJ Harvey, Bjork or Kimya Dawson

Ani DiFranco!! She's hardly

Ani DiFranco!! She's hardly a "bandmember," but she fronts for herself and her record label.

Breaking the rules just a bit

Breaking the rules just a bit (because she doesn't really "front" a band other than her own backing band -- that still counts, right?), I'd love to be Lucinda Williams for a day. Love her throaty, croaky, whiskey-soaked voice.

I think we're missing one, here

BIKINI KILL?

Other...

Most of the comment suggestions I am surprised are not on the list but for my money it's all about Patti Smith. Debbie Harry and PJ Harvey are neck and neck as well.

I wanna be

Siouxsie Sioux!

My vote goes out to

Siouxsie!

garbage

i'd want to be shirley manson ALL THE WAY! so haunting and deep and incredible.

Amanda Palmer!

Since she is mostly solo now, she kinda breaks the rules, but she did lead for the Dresden Dolls.
I emphatically vote for Amanda F*cking Palmer!

I'm going old-school.

I have to say Grace Slick. What a voice!

KatieJane Garside (Queen

KatieJane Garside (Queen Adreena, Ruby Throat, Daisy Chainsaw)!

nina hagen lol tori amos :-)

nina hagen lol
tori amos :-)

As a teenager, my rock-girl

As a teenager, my rock-girl icon is Hayley Williams of Paramore, because she has the kind of confidence and vocals I wish I had, and writes lyrics I can really relate to.

Also: Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders.

You all forgot the baddest

You all forgot the baddest chick of all, Joan Jett!!!!

So many options!

Skin of Skunk Anansie or Shingai Shoniwa from the Noisettes. They're both amazing but I really do love the grit in Shingai's voice.

Ladies of color ftw.

dammit you beat me to it

Chrissie Hynde.

kathleeeeeeeeen

kathleeeeeeeeen

Brody Dalle of The

Brody Dalle of The Distillers.

I agree! Brody Dalle rocks

I agree! Brody Dalle rocks my socks!

Sarah Bettens, K's Choice!

Sarah Bettens, K's Choice!

Alison Mosshart for either

Alison Mosshart for either The Kills or The Dead Weather. Messy, sexy hottness.

Gwenno Saunders of The

Gwenno Saunders of The Pipettes, and bring back RiotBecki and Rosay.

Grace Potter of Grace Potter

Grace Potter of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.

bikini kill

i voted for corin but i would of picked kathleen hannah....i would loved to have sang 'suck my left one' and spit in a dude's face,

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Karen O is amazing.

Other!

Linda Perry, 4 Non-Blondes. Heck yes.

I wanna be Jenny Lewis or

I wanna be Jenny Lewis or Florence of the machine!

PJ Harvey

Most definitely PJ Harvey

front of band

Chrissie Hynde is the ultimate band leader. For her, and for me, being female is completely coincidental. She walks the walk and talks the talk, and wails on her 'caster and needs no quarter given. I'd also follow up with Shirley Manson and Karen O, doing their own thing always, and being musicians above all else.

WHAT ABOUT ANN & NANCY WILSON

WHAT ABOUT ANN & NANCY WILSON OF HEART?!?!
I can't believe no one has mentioned them yet...

Shirley for sure.

Shirley Manson all the way

If it doesn't have to involve American rock music...

...I'd want to be Mart'nalia, who is an absolutely bad ass Brasilian singer and percussionist. But then, I also play Brasilian percussion so that's a huge reason behind my choice. And if you don't know who she is, get to know her. She's just amazing.

THAO FTW

Thao on the banjo YEAH. Except I'd rather hang out with her than be her, even if it meant I could play banjo.

I went Sleater-Kinney, but

I went Sleater-Kinney, but *Kathleen Hanna Kathleen Hanna Kathleen Hanna Kathleen Hanna Kathleen Hanna*

Alison Mosshart!

End of discussion :)