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What are some great punk bands with women singers?

Reminded how much I friggin love X-Ray Spex's "Up Bondage! Up Yours!" when it appeared in the closing credits of a Master of None episode, I would really like some recommendations for punk bands with female singers.

There used to be a ton of women-fronted bands in the early punk days, but now it seems the genre is wildly skewed towards men. Looking for new bands, like Priests, even bands that share vocal duties between a man and women, like RVIVR, and definitely some older stuff like the Plasmatics and the Slits.

(And goddamn it, Pandora, Against Me! counts, even though you never play bands with women singers on my AM station.)

For the sake of ease, assume I'm familiar with the more well known bands like Sleater-Kinney and the Distillers. (And I've read this question)
posted by General Malaise to Media & Arts (62 answers total) 64 users marked this as a favorite
 
You may like Ex Hex. We sing "Hot and Cold" all the time at my house.
posted by areaperson at 9:58 AM on November 11, 2015 [2 favorites]


a little more on the Le Tigre side of things, there's Shopping
posted by We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese at 10:03 AM on November 11, 2015


Perfect Pussy, lead by the awesome Meredith Graves!
posted by ozgirlabroad at 10:04 AM on November 11, 2015 [2 favorites]


The Gits.
X.
posted by baseballpajamas at 10:05 AM on November 11, 2015 [3 favorites]




Fifth Hour Hero is RVIVR - like.

And old stuff, such as The Donnas, The Soviettes, Babes in Toyland. You could mine the 90s for more if you want old stuff.
posted by littlewater at 10:15 AM on November 11, 2015


Another vote for X. One of the greats for sure. An older band but still playing and still relevant.
posted by futureisunwritten at 10:15 AM on November 11, 2015


The Muffs!
posted by freeform at 10:27 AM on November 11, 2015 [1 favorite]


Tilt!
posted by corey flood at 10:27 AM on November 11, 2015 [1 favorite]


The Deafening
posted by nicwolff at 10:41 AM on November 11, 2015


Ooo these are terrific so far.

X is one of my favorite bands, so we're on the right track.

(It's funny to have ex hex recommended. They're a local band to me. Do love though.)
posted by General Malaise at 10:45 AM on November 11, 2015 [1 favorite]


The Runaways
L7
early Go-Go's, depending on how loosely you define punk
posted by mkultra at 10:48 AM on November 11, 2015


Oh, sorry, I missed the "new" part ;)
posted by mkultra at 10:48 AM on November 11, 2015




Screaming Females (2nding)
The Coathangers
Partyline (Allison Wolfe from Bratmobile)
The Julie Ruin (Kathleen Hanna)
posted by melissasaurus at 10:50 AM on November 11, 2015 [1 favorite]


mkultra - Oh no, I want old stuff too! A lot of the 70-80s stuff was pretty obscure, what with no Internet and all.
posted by General Malaise at 10:51 AM on November 11, 2015


War on Women
posted by theefixedstars at 11:01 AM on November 11, 2015 [3 favorites]


Oh and then there's G.L.O.S.S.
posted by theefixedstars at 11:08 AM on November 11, 2015 [2 favorites]


Crass with Eve Libertine on vocals.
posted by cazoo at 11:09 AM on November 11, 2015 [1 favorite]


The Raincoats!
posted by ZipRibbons at 11:12 AM on November 11, 2015 [3 favorites]


Chastity Belt
posted by a halcyon day at 11:15 AM on November 11, 2015


Try The Savages.
posted by chicainthecity at 11:17 AM on November 11, 2015 [1 favorite]


Le Butcherettes
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:22 AM on November 11, 2015 [1 favorite]




A great German band from the late '70s/early '80s: Kleenex (later called Liliput).
posted by lisa g at 11:31 AM on November 11, 2015 [1 favorite]


Au Pairs, though they're a bit more Post-Punk. (Still awesome.)
posted by SansPoint at 11:33 AM on November 11, 2015




Almost forgot: Bad Cop/Bad Cop
posted by Potomac Avenue at 11:41 AM on November 11, 2015


Siouxsie and the Banshees started out in the original London punk scene. Their first two albums pre-date post-punk.

Some examples:
Make Up to Break Up
Carcass
Love in a Void
posted by zenzicube at 12:12 PM on November 11, 2015 [1 favorite]


I was going to post what humboldt32 posted.
The Reference of Female Fronted Punk Rock is a spectacular starting point.
I have barely made a dent in looking into artists in that collection.
posted by Seamus at 12:30 PM on November 11, 2015


Patti Smith started this.
posted by chrchr at 12:36 PM on November 11, 2015 [2 favorites]


Since you love X-Ray Spex you probably already know about Essential Logic, but I'm going to mention them anyway because they're so great and what if someone reads this thread to learn about great woman-led punk bands and doesn't learn about them?? Music is a Better Noise!
posted by languagehat at 12:55 PM on November 11, 2015


Metafilter's own Capnsue is in War on Women.
posted by josher71 at 1:12 PM on November 11, 2015 [2 favorites]


Team Dresch
posted by josher71 at 1:15 PM on November 11, 2015




The Fisticuffs Bluff
posted by saladin at 2:44 PM on November 11, 2015 [1 favorite]


Not sure it completely fits but 50 Foot Wave with Kristen Hersh might appeal. Hersh was the the frontrunner (with her half-sister Tanya Donnelly) of the Throwing Muses for years, then solo after that. She can be a acquired taste, musically speaking, though.
posted by elendil71 at 3:04 PM on November 11, 2015


If you like the X-Ray Spex and you haven't yet listened to the Downtown Boys, self described as "Bi bilingual political dance sax punk party from Providence", you are in for a treat.
posted by ITheCosmos at 3:12 PM on November 11, 2015 [2 favorites]


All hail The Fastbacks.
posted by pdb at 4:37 PM on November 11, 2015 [5 favorites]


Though she's not with them anymore, Star Fucking Hipsters when they were led by Nico de Gaillo were great.

Two Cups of Tea
3,000 Miles Away
posted by holmesian at 4:51 PM on November 11, 2015


(It's funny to have ex hex recommended. They're a local band to me. Do love though).

That's so cool they're your local band. Perhaps you would like one of my local bands: The Hussy. I'm pretty confident you haven't heard of them!
posted by areaperson at 5:18 PM on November 11, 2015


Here is a handful of bands to Google that are not already in this thread!

Chalk Circle
Speedy Ortiz
Life Without Buildings
Fucked Up (their lead singer is male but several songs from the album David Comes to Life have male and female vocals)

And a few Bandcamps of female/nonbinary fronted punk bands I have enjoyed seeing!
Potty Mouth
Gauche (shares members with Priests, if I recall correctly)
Split Feet
Negative Scanner
posted by torridly at 6:30 PM on November 11, 2015 [4 favorites]


Hole.
posted by bendy at 7:55 PM on November 11, 2015


I can't believe no one has mentioned Naked Aggression.
posted by peewinkle at 7:56 PM on November 11, 2015


For a sampler, you might look at A Reference Of Female-Fronted Punk Rock 1977-89, 325 tracks, freely downloadable.
posted by lhauser at 8:05 PM on November 11, 2015 [2 favorites]


The Joyce McKinney Experience
posted by srednivashtar at 4:59 AM on November 12, 2015


Delta 5's Mind Your Own Business" is one of the funkiest of the first generation punk songs.
posted by kimota at 5:52 AM on November 12, 2015 [1 favorite]


Neighborhood Brats
posted by josher71 at 6:38 AM on November 12, 2015


Wow, this has been an incredible thread. Thank you all for so many recommendations. The ones I've gotten to so far are amazing.

Good thing I have a whole weekend to get into this!
posted by General Malaise at 7:59 AM on November 12, 2015


All of these are intense, punk-related bands, but most would not be considered strictly punk-
Melt banana (crazy experimental hardcore)
Harry Pussy (not for the faint of heart)
Erase errata (all female experimental noise)
The ex (split male/female fronting duty)

Nthing that Reference of Female fronted Punk record too. Good stuff.
posted by brevator at 1:45 PM on November 12, 2015 [1 favorite]


Sheer Mag are incredible.
posted by indeterminacy at 1:48 PM on November 12, 2015


Defunct.
Crass: Penis Envy.
The Au Pairs. "Come Again"
The Flipsides.
The Soviettes. So much awesome.
The Mo-dettes.

Active.
Pretenders, because Tattooed Love Boys and the whole first album is punk as fuck.
Dog Party. Check this great cover of X's 'Los Angeles'.
Pantones. Infectious pop-punk from Madrid.
Dregs. Hardcore from London UK. Don't know much about them except from this Quietus column, and repeated listening of the demo tape.
Give all these bands money so they'll continue!
posted by Zack_Replica at 3:26 PM on November 12, 2015


Nots
Vexx
CCTV
Patsy
posted by ghostbikes at 4:57 PM on November 12, 2015


AHHHH how did no one suggest Discount?? (Allison from the Kills and The Dead Weather's original band). SO GOOD.

Glad to see Tilt and the Muffs on this list.

also, The Epoxies!
posted by bibliogrrl at 5:40 PM on November 12, 2015 [2 favorites]


And for some DEEP cuts, Red Number Nine.
posted by bibliogrrl at 5:44 PM on November 12, 2015 [1 favorite]


Ok, one last one. Tribe 8.
posted by bibliogrrl at 5:49 PM on November 12, 2015 [1 favorite]


Oh no, I want old stuff too! A lot of the 70-80s stuff was pretty obscure, what with no Internet and all.

You are about to lose SO MANY HOURS on recordings of Ribbon Around a Bomb's radio show. Mostly 70s, mostly no-wave and post punk, all female fronted. There's hours and hours and hours of it online, and the curator's taste runs to the super obscure. I run a punk blog and I haven't heard of like 99% of these bands. It's how I found out about The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black! And 9,000 other bands!

Death Valley Girls
Glamour Hotline
Blizzard Babies
Swimsuit Addition
Bleach Party
Lil Tits
Make-Overs (male+female two piece, both sing)
Cochina
Mystery Actions
Bruiser Queen
Soddy Daisy
Slayer Kitty

For most of these, just google "band name + bandcamp."
posted by Juliet Banana at 6:20 PM on November 12, 2015 [5 favorites]


Made a playlist of artists from post-2000s on Spotify, added most suggestions here I could find and a bunch I forgot (How could I forget Demolition Doll Rods? I am a failure.)
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:38 PM on November 12, 2015 [2 favorites]


Dilly Dally! Singer Katie Monks has one of the best punk growls I've heard recently.
posted by beijingbrown at 12:15 AM on November 13, 2015


Penetration
posted by poseathon at 3:39 AM on November 13, 2015


Biggest duh: Spitboy!
posted by josher71 at 7:35 AM on November 13, 2015 [1 favorite]


Great stuff here! But I don't see my favourite post-2000 listed yet, the Busy Signals. Unfortunatley no longer together, but the singer has a solo album out in similar vein under the name Ana Lucia. All very reminiscent of The Shivvers from the late 70s/early 80s who are also worth checking out.
Oh, and is The Rezillos too obvious?
posted by rodlymight at 8:24 AM on November 13, 2015 [2 favorites]


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