Oh give me a pair of pectorals like Diana Nyad.

I wanna swim 89 miles.

Give me a set of deltoids like Tracy Hawkins.

I wanna be strong like those amazons.

I wanna learn to dribble like Annie Myers.

I wanna learn to shoot like Cheryl Miller.

I wanted to play for the Dallas Diamonds and live with Martina like Nancy Lieberman.

strong strong strong strong like an amazon

I wanna play badminton like Tammy Cunard.

I wanna smash that birdie like Christy Cook.

I want to acquire the perfect drop shot and have total control over that shuttle cock.

Strong strong strong strong like an amazon

I want to run in the Boston Marathon

I want to go go go like Allison Roe

I want to play tennis like Billie Jean King

I wanna serve the volley like Martina can

I want to be strong like an amazon

I wanna smack the ball like ivana kul?????

Strong strong strong strong like an amazon

I wanna learn to drive like Janet Guthrie

I wanna zoom zoom like Cha Cha Muldowney

I wanna be strong strong like an amazon

I wanna be strong strong like an amazon


Carolyn by Phranc

Carolyn, I am crazy about you, cuz no one I know has muscles like you and no one is quite as handsome as you are

Oh Carolyn im impressed by you

And Carolyn you inspire me cuz I wanna be strong as you.

And I wanna lift the same barbells you do, cuz Carolyn I wanna be strong like you

Its no small thing, ive gotta crush on your ham strings

I gotta crush on your everything

Carolyn my friends, they cant stand it cuz I go for a swim instead of a drink and ive started to wear polyester so I can not blame them for what they think

Carolyn you make me wanna be a gym teacher

You made me question being a folksinger, but I don’t want to waste my life away at the sidelines and the bleachers.

Carolyn im crazy about you

Cuz no one I know muscles like you do

And no one is quite as wise as you are

Oh Carolyn ive gotta crush on you

Oh Carolyn ive gotta crush. on. you.


I’ve been listening to Phranc’s ‘Bulldagger Swagger’ all day while finishing up writing cute flirting scenes between my two girls.

I'm Not A Riot Grrrl

Over the past few years, I have been called a “Riot Grrrl” on numerous occasions. I think Riot Grrrls are pretty cool but I am not one and to tell you the truth, I’m not even sure that I could claim to have influenced or impacted that movement at all. Many of the women who were involved in creating Riot Grrrl were completely unaware of the women involved in creating the “first wave” punk scene. 

By the time the male-dominated punk scene of the mid-late 1980′s created the need for women to call “girls to the front,” the systematic erasure of female
contributions to the West Coast punk scene had already been long

There was a time when women involved in the punk scene were simply called “punks.” No differentiators, qualifiers or labels were needed. For those first, crucial, formative years of punk during the late 1970’s, we all felt empowered, we all felt equal. We were co-creators of punk. To negate that part of punk history is to once again negate the contributions of women. Turning us all into Riot Grrrls positions us in a different time and location. I am not from Olympia; I am from East L.A.

Top to bottom: Kira Roessler, Penelope Houston, Dianne Chai, Karla Maddog, Trudie Arguelles, Patricia Morrison, Phranc, The Go-Go’s, Punks on the stairs at the Elks Lodge in Los Angeles, 1978.

In 1990, when Bikini Kill was being formed, I was playing in a band called Las Tres at Troy Café in downtown Los Angeles. Las Tres was made up of three Chicana punks. Like the Riot Grrrls, we clearly identified as feminist but we wrote and performed songs in English and Spanish about being women, about being brown. We were influenced by the sound of Mexican trios, which we fused with the spirit of punk rock. Maybe you’ve never heard of Troy Cafe, or Las Tres, or Mexican trios, but we were there, doing our own thing - not Riot Grrrls, but every bit as valid and meaningful.

So, while I praise the Riot Grrrl movement for advancing the cause of feminism with creativity and courage, please don’t call me a Riot Grrrl. I am a punk. My story matters and it doesn’t need to be changed or re-labeled.

Women of Classic Rock Birthdays

I’ve decided to keep track, for my blog and for the interests of others, of the birthdays of women of classic rock. Feel free to add anyone you feel is missing! (Or let me know if you’d like me to add anyone and I’d gladly do so.)


  • 5th - Kate Schellenbach
  • 6th - Sandy Denny
  • 9th - Joan Baez
  • 10th - Pat Benatar
  • 11th - Vicki Peterson
  • 14th - Patricia Morrison
  • 16th - Katherine Anderson
  • 17th - Susanna Hoffs, Ari Up
  • 19th - Janis Joplin, Gina Stile, Martha Davis
  • 22nd - Addie “Micki” Harris
  • 23rd - Anita Pointer
  • 24th - Muriel Moreno
  • 26th - Lucinda Williams, Wendy Melvoin
  • 27th - Nedra Talley
  • 28th - Sarah McLachlan


  • 1st - Exene Cervenka
  • 3rd - Melanie Safka
  • 4th - Marge/Mary Ann Ganser
  • 6th - Georgeanna Tillman
  • 9th - Carole King
  • 11th - Sheryl Crow
  • 18th - Yoko Ono, Juice Newton
  • 20th - Buffy Sainte-Marie, Poison Ivy
  • 22nd - Atsuko Yamano
  • 26th - Josephine Wiggs


  • 2nd - Karen Carpenter
  • 6th - Mary Wilson, Flora Purim
  • 8th - Pauline Murray
  • 10th - Edie Brickell
  • 11th - Lisa Loeb
  • 16th - Nancy Wilson
  • 17th - Janet Gardner, Roxy Petrucci
  • 18th - Irene Cara
  • 19th - Ruth Pointer
  • 20th - Sister Rosetta Tharpe
  • 21st - Share Pedersen
  • 23rd - Chaka Khan
  • 24th - Carol Kaye
  • 26th - Diana Ross
  • 29th - Patty Donahue
  • 30th - Tracy Chapman, Lene Lovich


  • 2nd - Emmylou Harris, Shele Pinizzotto
  • 5th - Agnetha Fältskog
  • 7th - Patricia Bennett
  • 8th - Donita Sparks
  • 12th - Amy Ray, Lois Reeves
  • 14th - June Millington, Sonja Kristina
  • 15th - Linda Perry
  • 16th - Dusty Springfield
  • 17th - Liz Phair
  • 19th - Genya Ravan, Dawn Richardson
  • 27th - Sheena Easton
  • 28th - Kim Gordon, Enid Williams
  • 29th - Debora Iyall


  • 1st - Judy Collins, Rita Coolidge
  • 2nd - Lesley Gore
  • 6th - Sandra Tilley, Mary MacGregor
  • 7th - Lorrie Collins
  • 13th - Kim McAuliffe, Mary Wells
  • 16th - Barbara Lee, Hazel O’Connor, Janet Jackson
  • 18th - Martika
  • 19th - Grace Jones
  • 20th - Cher, Jane Wiedlin
  • 24th -  Patti LaBelle
  • 25th - Jean Millington
  • 26th - Stevie Nicks
  • 27th - Siouxsie Sioux
  • 28th - Gladys Knight, Wendy O. Williams
  • 29th - Melissa Etheridge
  • 30th - Gladys Horton


  • 1st - Alanis Morissette 
  • 2nd - Micki Steele, Lydia Lunch
  • 3rd - Doro, Suzi Quatro
  • 4th - Michelle Phillips
  • 5th - Ellen Foley
  • 8th - Annie Haslam, Bonnie Tyler
  • 10th - Shirley Owens, Kim Deal, Kelley Deal
  • 14th - Billie Myers
  • 15th - Bif Naked
  • 18th - Molly Neuman
  • 19th - Ann Wilson
  • 20th - Kelly Johnson, LaLa Brooks, Anne Murray
  • 22nd - Cyndi Lauper
  • 25th - Carly Simon
  • 26th - Patty Smyth, Rindy Ross, Harriet Wheeler
  • 30th - Florence Ballard


  • 1st - Debbie Harry
  • 3rd - Poly Styrene
  • 4th - Annette Beard
  • 9th - Courtney Love, Gwen Guthrie
  • 10th - Sandy West
  • 11th - Bonnie Pointer, Suzanne Vega
  • 12th - Christine McVie
  • 15th - Linda Ronstadt
  • 17th - Phoebe Snow, Nicolette Larson, Kim Shattuck
  • 18th - Martha Reeves
  • 19th - Lady Bo
  • 20th - Kim Carnes, Tobi Vail
  • 21st - Lee Aaron
  • 22nd - Estelle Bennett, Emily Saliers
  • 26th - Betty Davis
  • 30th - Kate Bush
  • 31st - Lisa Kekaula


  • 1st - Suzi Gardner
  • 2nd - Doris Coley
  • 3rd - Beverly Lee, Skin
  • 5th - Jennifer Finch
  • 6th - Judy Craig, Carole Pope
  • 7th -  Kristin Hersh
  • 9th - Wanda Young, Brie Howard
  • 10th - Ronnie Spector, Patti Austin
  • 15th - Kate Taylor
  • 17th - Belinda Carlisle, Maria McKee, Lisa Coleman
  • 18th -  Sarah Dash
  • 21st - Jackie DeShannon
  • 22nd - Debbi Peterson, Tori Amos
  • 23rd - Linda Thompson
  • 25th - Martha Veléz
  • 26th - Moe Tucker, Shirley Manson
  • 28th - Phranc, Dinah Cancer
  • 29th - Amanda Marshall, Gaye Advert
  • 31st - Gina Schock, Debbie Gibson


  • 2nd - Rosalind Ashford
  • 6th - Dolores O’Riordan
  • 7th - Chrissie Hynde
  • 8th - Aimee Mann
  • 10th - Carol Decker, Rosie Flores
  • 11th - Amy Madigan
  • 13th - Fiona
  • 16th - Vicki Blue, Betty Kelly
  • 19th - Cass Elliot, Lita Ford
  • 20th - Alannah Currie
  • 22nd - Joan Jett, Johnette Napolitano
  • 28th - Jennifer Rush
  • 30th - Sylvia Peterson, Patrice Rushen


  • 1st - Mariska Veres
  • 3rd - Gwen Stefani
  • 8th -  Michie Nakatani
  • 9th -  Nona Hendryx
  • 12th - Jane Siberry
  • 16th - Miriam Linna, Nico
  • 18th - Laura Nyro, Cynthia Weil, Denise Dufort, Catherine Ringer
  • 21st - Charlotte Caffey, Rose McDowall
  • 23rd - Ellie Greenwich
  • 25th - Chrissy Amphlett
  • 30th - Grace Slick


  • 1st - Sophie B. Hawkins
  • 3rd - Lulu
  • 7th - Joni Mitchell, Alice Bag
  • 8th - Bonnie Raitt, Minnie Riperton
  • 9th - Dee Plakas, Allison Wolfe
  • 15th - Anni-Frid Lyngstad
  • 18th - Jan Kuehnemund, Cindy Blackman Santana, Kim Wilde
  • 21st -  Björk
  • 22nd - Tina Weymouth
  • 26th - Tina Turner, Gayle McCormick
  • 30th - Cherie Currie, June Pointer, Stacey Q


  • 1st - Viv Albertine, Bette Midler
  • 8th -  Sinéad O’Connor
  • 9th - Joan Armatrading, Candy Givens
  • 11th - Big Mama Thornton, Brenda Lee
  • 12th - Sheila E.
  • 15th - Cindy Birdsong
  • 18th - Naoko Yamano
  • 20th - Jackie Fox
  • 25th - Annie Lennox
  • 27th - Karla Bonoff
  • 28th - Mary Weiss
  • 29th - Marianne Faithfull
  • 30th - Patti Smith
  • 31st - Donna Summer, Rita Lee
ugly girl mix rough draft

Get an ugly girl to marry you - the coasters
I never will marry - Carter family
Ugly girls with beautiful girls - sparks
The ugly one with the jewels - Laurie Anderson
Why don’t women like me - George formby
I enjoy being a girl - phranc
Ugly girl - clear blue sky
A message to pretty - love
Ugly duckling - frank loesser
Fat boys and ugly girls - Elton John

….. Help me out here caro