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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.



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SailorSpork


quality posts: 2 Private Messages SailorSpork

Female-centric band? Love me some Metric.

I'll have to listen to your Spotify list.

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Woodpecker


quality posts: 15 Private Messages Woodpecker

OK, so you missed the easy Bangles inclusion but I think you may need to add Martha and the Vandellas. I'm assuming that you were referencing the Supremes as being overplayed and not the Vandellas.

CowboyDann


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I've only recently started to let the all-girl band scene into my heart but here are a couple of my favorite songs.

Tiger Trap - Super Crush


Wow, that kinda hurts to listen actually. Don't let the tinny tinny cymbals and incredibly muddy sounds turn you off. Just give it a chance and if it's too much I can rip the album for you, just PM me. It's good twee-pop regardless.


I gotta get ready for work so I can't listen to these other songs, just checking real quick to confirm they're not cover videos.

Sleater-kinney - Ballad of a ladyman

This whole album was pretty good but this track definitely jumped out at me definitely worth checking out

Tegan And Sara - Arrow

Twin sisters making pretty good music for many years together, ever since high school IIRC. I found this album to carry a lot of Madonna-esque sound but I wouldn't call it a rip-off by any means.

mrtuba9


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Hey, for the best in all girl and girl-fronted bands on the internet, why not head over to Girls Rock Radio! If you like it (like I do), pitch in and help them out (like I do :^)

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loaf7


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Don't Say Nothin' Bad about my baby - The Cookies

agingdragqueen


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I'm honored to be the person to pick out the penultimate Spice Girls song:





jakeline


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I've always loved The Like's first album. Not as crazy about the second one, but he's a good example of what I liked about the first one:



inkycatz


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jakeline wrote:I've always loved The Like's first album. Not as crazy about the second one, but he's a good example of what I liked about the first one:



Yay for really unknown girl groups! (Also enjoyed the first album.)

I'm just hanging out, really.

dell2342


quality posts: 13 Private Messages dell2342

One of my favorite groups. I had such a crush on Ann.

tedzilla99


quality posts: 31 Private Messages tedzilla99

Love these metal girls:
Drain STH

And add these metal babes to the 80s list:
Vixxen

tedzilla99


quality posts: 31 Private Messages tedzilla99
jakeline wrote:I've always loved The Like's first album.



That first record is fantastic - thanks for adding them, before I could

sully51


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I have an unhealthy obsession with Eisley.

kchoschton


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I'd feel closer to fine if we added the Indigo Girls to this list. I listened to them non-stop in college. Side note: Try calling them female bands or women bands- after all if you asked for boy bands we would only consider teeny bopper bands like Backstreet Boys. Also- with all the press I'm surprised no one has mentioned the all-female punk band out of Russia. I've only listened to about a minute of their stuff tho.

llandar


quality posts: 32 Private Messages llandar

Le Tigre or GTFO.

madfrisbee


quality posts: 6 Private Messages madfrisbee

I suppose Four Non Blondes was too mainstream? They did play guitars...

miskreeta


quality posts: 3 Private Messages miskreeta

Phantogram "When I'm Small"


A cool duo with a female lead on most of the songs. Video is mesmerizing.

merryberry


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Seriously? No mention of the Runaways and "Cherry Bomb"???

My Cellar in CT

strawhousepig


quality posts: 60 Private Messages strawhousepig

Well, there's...

L7
and
Babes In Toyland
and
Fright Wig
and
Lunachicks

All great bands from the '80s

PS., Peace, love, and SHONEN KNIFE!!

toonin


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Uhh...That is NOT Walking in the Rain.

milw123


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merryberry wrote:Seriously? No mention of the Runaways and "Cherry Bomb"???



They were the first band that came to mind when I saw the headline. You got Joan Jett, Lita Ford, "chainsaw artist" Cherie Currie; they were riot grrls before riot grrls were cool.
"Don't hold off, do it-I need your lovin', I'm gettin' so hot, I'm cookin' like an oven." Now those are lyrics!

lahodges


quality posts: 3 Private Messages lahodges

It seems to me we need to add some Dixie Chicks:



agingdragqueen


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Ok, ok, a real suggestion- Bat for Lashes. I adore this music video too:


madfrisbee


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agingdragqueen wrote:Ok, ok, a real suggestion- Bat for Lashes. I adore this music video too:
(YouTube link)



Man, that IS pretty ribs. I'mma check out this band a bit more.

bigfknmike


quality posts: 0 Private Messages bigfknmike

i just wanted to point out that the pointer sisters also sang the pinball number counting song on sesame street.
that is all.