I’d just like to draw everyone’s attention to a grassroots Twitter campaign to compile a Hottest 100 list of songs by female artists in response to the JJJ list that included (at the uppermost) six songs with female band members.
The rules are it needs to be a female muso, a female led band, or a band with at least two female members in it.
It’s actually a really interesting and satisfying process, to go through your collection and realise how many excellent female performed songs you have – and to be cut free of the ‘ten BEST EVER’ which I find pressured and heirarchical – instead I get to say ‘Oh, and THIS song, I love this song’ but not have to bother over which of them is better than the other.
It’s picking up pace – the creator of the twitter account is being interviewed on RRR radio tonight, and has brought the list to the attention of JJJ twitter accounts, and Clare Bowditch – if anyone else has any suggestions for how to get more exposure for this list, I’m all ears (and Tweeting fingers).
I would dearly LOVE for this list to be absolutely everywhere – in the aftermath of the justifications of the lack of women in the JJJ list (oh, it’s 90s heavy, women just don’t rock hard enough, not that many women were involved in music til recently) I would love to give such a lovely, choc full of talent and easy to read lesson in music history to a whole bunch of grumbling defenders.
I’m aware that there’ll be people for whom twitter is a new thing/they can’t be bothered. So if you want to submit songs, you can do it here, and I’ll submit them to the @Hottest100Women twitter account and when the results are published, I’ll pop the list on here.
So get amongst it, have at it, how hard is it to submit it in comments here if you’re not a Twitter person? If you’ve got a beef over the blandness/exclusion of the JJJ list, or simply listen to female musos you wish people listened to more, then what are you waiting for?