Pauline Black, The Selecter and Siouxsie Sioux, Siouxsie and the Banshees
Punk had swept away all that had gone before and it was a time of reinvention really for women. There’s a very, very famous photograph that has myself, Debbie Harry, Chrissie Hynde, Viv Albertine, Siouxsie Sioux and Poly Styrene all collected together for the front cover of an NME and those were the women who did change the pop landscape.
Pauline Black, The Selecter
I think the first time I would have seen Siouxsie and the Banshees would have been Top of the Pops, 1980, when they were on there doing Happy House. It stayed with me and I could tell that, you know, there was a lot of depth to what Siouxsie was doing.
She, as an icon, was never a sex symbol. Her entire career was about refusing the male gaze, refusing to be sexualised in that way, refusing to be submissive to the male leer. In rock and roll terms that was a real first. She’s quite a kind of forbidding presence, really. There was a real toughness to Siouxsie, this refusal to compromise. And, I think fans, whether male or female, respected that. I got it completely.
I was really shy, cripplingly shy, at the time. I loved the idea that I could walk down the street looking quite alien and quite freakish and people would look at me, they’d stare, but they’d keep their distance. And I think Siouxsie inspired that in a way, because you cannot take your eyes off her. But you don’t want to get too close, because she is, frankly, terrifying.
She’s on the western side looking at the Jersey skyline. She’s in a real bad mood so she couldn’t write back to you. She’s had the longest day and it’s a gridlocked highway. She’s in a real bad mood so she couldn’t write back to you. That poke at every bruise. Is she gonna write back to you? You’re an exhausted kid of fractured relationships. You wanna crush that gloom. Is she gonna write back to you? “Hey Allison! This city’s a total disaster without you around.” You spent the days inside avoiding social landmines “Hey Allison! This sudden detachment from friendship is making me ache.”
While you were asleep On the couch, watching a movie, smoking weed Rummaging through the utensils in the kitchen counter, In the drainer, which one’s sharper. When the light creeps in loosen my grip and crawl back into my bed. Your alarm is set to go off in a half an hour. Eyes closed. Fake snore. None the wiser.
Hi there :D How about artist ask meme No. 2, 3 and 12 if you have 15 seconds to spare?)
Hey thanks so much for asking! ^^
2. Who is your favourite character to draw? As of right now, Reyes Vidal. lol Kinda obvious probably. But I also love drawing my ocs & I was drawing 707 (Mystic Messenger) a loooot before I got back into Mass Effect.
3. What song(s) do you listen to when you do art? I actually watch Netflix a lot while I draw (criminal minds, blue bloods, or bake off recently lol), but when I listen to music I have four playlists I cycle through: folk-punk, classic rock, pop punk, & ska - I’ve been on a big ska kick lately.
12. Draw one of your favorite characters in 15 seconds. I’m away from my tablet right now, so have a hand drawn chibi Reyes ^^
Coming off the heels of new wave and hair metal, the 90s saw an array of new genres begin to reshape the musical landscape. Grunge, punk, ska, pop, acoustic rock and post-hardcore – and sometimes a fusion of everything – gained traction, broadening the landscape of what could be found on mainstream radio. 1995 was the apex of this musical Renaissance, seeing momentous debuts and critical additions to catalogs just before one-hit-wonders and boy bands took control of the charts. Below are our top 10 records from the year – records that inspire awe even two decades after their release.
Cheshire Cat – Blink-182 Feb. 17, 1995 Listen to: “M+Ms” and “Carousel”
The unforgettable debut from Blink-182 embodied the frantic skate-punk sound of the 90s like no other. The album encompasses the legacy Blink-182 has created, and serves as the foundation for pop punk as we know it today.
The Bends – Radiohead March 13, 1995 Listen to: “Fake Plastic Trees” and “High and Dry”
British alt-rock saw plenty of success in the 90s with important releases from Blur and Oasis, but The Bends is often touted as the album that would shape both British and American rock and roll for years to come. Though it never gained the same momentum as OK Computer and Kid A, The Bends remains a staple for well-rounded record collection 20 years later.
Red Medicine – Fugazi June 12, 1995 Listen to: “Do You Like Me” and “Long Distance Runner”
Fronted by Ian MacKaye, whose legacy in punk music is nearly unmatched, Fugazi’s influence on post-hardcore can be heard echoed in bands ranging from Nirvana to Jimmy Eat World. Red Medicine was a benchmark release for Fugazi that explored not only their punk roots, but also ventured in psychedelic and ambient music, receiving critical acclaim from music reviews and fans alike.
Jagged Little Pill – Alanis Morissette June 13, 1995 Listen to: Literally all of them (or “Ironic” and “You Oughta Know”)
Two decades and over 33 million album sales later, Morissette’s international debut continues to inspire and receive critical acclaim. Mixing post-grunge with acoustic guitars and a harmonica, Jagged Little Pill is one of the most successful albums of the decade and helped pave the way for some of the most popular women (for example, Pink and Taylor Swift) in music today.
Answer That and Stay Fashionable – AFI July 4, 1995 Listen to: “Two of a Kind” and “I Wanna Get a Mohawk (But Mom Won’t Let Me Get One)”
Carried by fast drums and fast guitars, the debut album from AFI reflected a more prominent hardcore punk sound with production from Rancid’s Tim Armstrong and Brett Reed. While lacking the more theatrical and polished sounds of later releases, AFI’s roots in punk rock run deep and are perfectly captured in this debut.
Foo Fighters – Foo Fighters July 4, 1995 Listen to: “This Is a Call” and “Big Me”
Dave Grohl’s post-Nirvana debut was originally born from a need for anonymity. Intended to be a low key release with most of the lyrics written in the moments before recording, the self-titled album is not only the humble beginning of one of the greatest rock bands of all time, but also the second most successful release in the Foo Fighter’s catalog.
Teenage Politics – MxPx July 4, 1995 Listen to: “Punk Rawk Show” and “Teenage Politics”
“We ain’t go no place to go, so let’s go to the punk rock show…” are the first lyrics that come to mind whenever MxPx is mentioned. Simple pop punk in its simplest form, Teenage Politics consists of 18 songs that all come in under the three-minute mark, detailing perfectly the frustrations of being a teenager in the 180-second-or-less length preferred by musicians in the genre.
…And Out Come the Wolves – Rancid Aug. 22, 1995 Listen to: “Time Bomb” and “Ruby Soho”
Released at the peak of ska-punk greatness, Wolves quickly became one of Rancid’s most popular releases. Earning mainstream radio play and the attention of MTV, the album has gone on to top numerous “Best of” lists and continues to be a fan favorite.
Tragic Kingdom – No Doubt Oct. 10, 1995 Listen to: “Don’t Speak” and “Just A Girl”
Featuring multiple hit singles, Stefani’s songwriting is at its rawest on the third release from No Doubt. Despite being that unique blend of ska, reggae, new wave and punk that could only come out of the 90s, Tragic Kingdom is timeless and a must hear for anyone who even remotely enjoys music.
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness – Smashing Pumpkins Oct. 24, 1995 Listen to: “Bullet with Butterfly Wings” and “1979”
Featuring the band’s only number one album debut on Billboard, the 28 tracks featured on Mellon Collie are spread over two halves of the album – one representing day, the other night. Propelled by Billy Corgan’s self-deprecating and morose lyrics, the album spawned five successful singles and garnered the band its greatest mainstream success.