Music Monday: Girl Groups

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! It's a crisp, new day, and everyone's full of joy and excitement. Sorta makes you want to sing, right? And when you think of singing, you think of… girl groups! Or at least Scott does. Today you're gonna rock out with girl groups throughout the aged. And here's his first choice to start things off!

The Dum Dum Girls - He Gets Me High

 

Welcome to the 21st Century, where girl groups can play guitars! The Dum Dum Girls combine the old-fashioned girl group melody (check out that glorious soaring chorus!) with the electric fire of biker rock. Not to mention, if you can improve on The Smiths you're already a freakin' rock star. Well done, ladies! You've taken the "girl group" to a higher level.

More female-centric rock and pop comin' up, along with our Spotify playlist, right after the jump.

Before we move forward, remember our new Spotify playlist will be featuring a great selection from last week's Music Monday comments. The theme of the mix this time is Summer Romance and boy, it'll break your heart. But you'll be stronger for it in the end. Just please check out our current Music Monday before you recap those old memories. And speaking of which...

The Pipettes - Pull Shapes

 

Of course this 2003 band is wearing their references on the sleeves they don't have, but that doesn't make them any less charming. The mix of tunesmithing and cheerleading offers the same atmosphere as those classic girl groups from the '60s, though perhaps a little more Spice Girly than most of the century before. (Be aware that in the video above there's a pixeled-out body part showing up a few times, if that sort of thing would make your boss uneasy.)

The Go-Gos - Vacation

 

Even today, hearing a few notes from this song calls up a magical time of weird hair and synthesizers. This song brings new meaning to the words "radio-friendly" but it also doesn't sacrifice quality. Hold your head high, women of rock! And we'll just overlook most of the solo stuff.

The Ronettes - Walking In The Rain

 

Hands down my favorite Phil Spector production. The fake thunder, the in-your-face Wall of Sound, the backup singers that seem to be out in the hall, and Ronnie Spector's heartbreaking voice. Not to mention, it's not as overplayed as some other girl group hits. No disrespect, The Crystals.

The Pointer Sisters - Yes We Can

 

Go on, stomp along at your desk. This song was made for groovin' to. You might be more familiar with some poppier hits from these real-life sisters, but back when their style was still "what we found at the thrift store that morning" and they had nothing their voices and their talent and their hope... Well, this song isn't so much a song as a conversation with the audience. And it's great.

So maybe you've got a favorite female-focused group of your own. And maybe you'll want to throw that in the comments below. Then maybe you'll just us in our Turntable.fm room for the regular Music Monday enjoyment. Hey, we can dream, can't we? Also, let us just remind you: some images come from the corresponding Wikipedia page and are here under fair use.