Bad Girls & Slide Guitars
December 1, 2012 1:47 PM   Subscribe

Let's say you're making a playlist called "Bad Girls & Slide Guitars". Let's say the first song is 'Hell on Heels' by the Pistol Annies. What would the next songs be?
posted by signal to Media & Arts (27 answers total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
Becky, by Be Your Own Pet.

The Gossip needs to be in there somewhere.

Also, she doesn't have a terribly rebellious image, and most of her songs are not bad-ass in any way, but you can't make a mix about women and slide guitars and not have Bonnie Raitt on there somewhere. Maybe something from her early career when she was more straight blues and less Adult Contemporary?
posted by Sara C. at 1:51 PM on December 1, 2012 [1 favorite]

Also, when you're ready to take it back towards the country vibe of that first track, you're going to want some Dixie Chicks. "Sin Wagon" comes to mind, but there's also "Let 'Er Rip" or their cover of Bonnie Raitt's "Give It Up Or Let Me Go".
posted by Sara C. at 1:55 PM on December 1, 2012 [2 favorites]

You also can't really make this mix without "Jolene" by Dolly Parton. Use Jack White's rendition if you need something with a harder edge.

Sorry for the hat trick of posts... I might be stealing this idea...
posted by Sara C. at 1:56 PM on December 1, 2012 [1 favorite]

Most anything from Gretchen Wilson's Here for the Party
posted by kimdog at 2:28 PM on December 1, 2012

Thelma and Louise by the Horrorpops.

Definitely no slide guitar, but super bad girl is Never Say Never by Romeo Void.
posted by Grandysaur at 2:32 PM on December 1, 2012

Seems to me you could do with a bit of Throwing Muses. Surf Cowboy has the better slide-guitar vibe; Snake Face has the more appropriate lyrics for the theme. Also Tar Kissers [live version]; [album version].

Other possibilities: Kristin Hersh, Your Dirty Answer.
And something completely different: Underground Youth, Love's a Bitch.
posted by Sonny Jim at 2:44 PM on December 1, 2012

Parted Ways, by Heartless Bastards. Followed by Serpents by Sharon Van Etten, then Mrs. Leroy Brown by Loretta Lynn (or about half the other tracks from her Van Lear Rose album). Then, People Got A Lotta Nerve by Neko Case, and Ways To Be Wicked by Lone Justice.

I'd also post my final track list back here. Because that is a great theme for a mix.

(sorry no yt links, posting from my phone.)
posted by Homeboy Trouble at 2:52 PM on December 1, 2012 [1 favorite]

In the right spirit: Lucinda Williams, "I Asked For Water (He Gave Me Gasoline)." Or perhaps "Joy."

Or Bettye LaVette's version of "Joy"! She's AWESOME.
posted by MonkeyToes at 2:52 PM on December 1, 2012 [3 favorites]

Bonnie Raitt would be in there somewhere.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 3:06 PM on December 1, 2012 [2 favorites]

If you want something a little less country for variety, check out Sleater-Kinney's Sympathy.
posted by nebulawindphone at 3:20 PM on December 1, 2012

If you'd like to take things in a really weird (but brief) direction, some Teenage Jesus and the Jerks might work.
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear at 3:20 PM on December 1, 2012

Mary Gauthier's "I Drink" would be a necessity.
posted by croctommy at 3:20 PM on December 1, 2012 [1 favorite]

You might want to go back in time with Memphis Minnie "I'm Not a Bad Girl"
posted by peagood at 3:22 PM on December 1, 2012

You want Ellen McIlwaine.
posted by chocolatepeanutbuttercup at 3:24 PM on December 1, 2012 [3 favorites]

Oh! And Rory Block.
posted by chocolatepeanutbuttercup at 3:27 PM on December 1, 2012

Um you can't forget about Le Tigre if you're putting Gossip on there....
posted by camylanded at 3:56 PM on December 1, 2012 [1 favorite]

Bonnie Raitt Slow Ride
posted by PaulBGoode at 4:23 PM on December 1, 2012 [1 favorite]

Must you have female vocalists? You might make an exception for the excellent "Kick the Stones," by Chris Whitley, as featured in "Thelma and Louise."

Bonnie Raitt, "Love Me Like a Man (live)."
posted by MonkeyToes at 5:10 PM on December 1, 2012 [1 favorite]

you need Chris Whitley, Poison Girl
posted by thelonius at 6:05 PM on December 1, 2012 [1 favorite]

Seconded, thelonius. I suggested "Kick the Stones," but only because of the "Thelma and Louise" connection. But man, "Poison Girl" is a great song.
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:19 PM on December 1, 2012

Holly Golightly, Indeed You Do
posted by otolith at 7:26 PM on December 1, 2012

Well shoot, now you've got me started...

Loretta Lynn, Portland, Oregon
PJ Harvey, Rope Bridge Crossing
The Pixies, Silver
The Breeders, No Aloha
posted by otolith at 7:56 PM on December 1, 2012 [1 favorite]

I'd add in some Those Darlins, for sure.
posted by ThatSomething at 8:31 PM on December 1, 2012

On the lighter side, Mary Chapin Carpenter, "Shut Up And Kiss Me."

And yes, please post what you put on your playlist!
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:33 AM on December 2, 2012

Billie Jo Spears - Get Behind Me Satan and Push
posted by birdbone at 7:09 PM on December 2, 2012

Anything off Bad Motherfuckin 40 oz by the Red Aunts.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 4:25 PM on December 3, 2012

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