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What are your thoughts on bands that consist of one female amongst males?
#1
Hi,
I'm writing a piece on the role of women within music, especially on the popular band member line-up of a single female amongst a number of guys and would like to know your thoughts on the topic.

Bands such as Paramore, No Doubt, Evanesecence and The Black Eyed Peas have all adopted this line up, although are the women in these groups seen as equal to the men? Seen as an object of male attention/ in a sexual way? Or are they truly valued for their talent, regardless of specified instrument? Also any attitudes on feminism?

Would love to hear your thoughts on this.

Thanks
Andy
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#2
I am not sure there is much of a "thing" here. I don't know why it is any different. There is a woman who just happens to be in a band with men. I don't think there is an agenda. Are you saying that if there is a woman lead singer it is automatically an issue? SHe is either sub-par even though she is the lead singer or she was only put there because she is a female? Because I don't think anyone thinks of it like that. A lot of bands were formed out people who knew each other and it just os happens the girl could sing or rock it out! I don't think fans or onlookers look at is in a feministic sort of way.

The funny thing is I think that men listen to bands with all male members more than female ones. Not because they are better, but because sometimes they are more easily relatable to. So I don't think sticking a female in the front is to get some male fans.

To reiterate,I think people can make this into something it's not, because people like to do that. But I think that it just is what it is.
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#3
Grace Slick of the Jefferson Airplane comes to mind immediately! She was an entity of her own. JA wouldn't be the same without Grace. Other examples of strong talented women ...Chrissie Hynde, Stevie Nicks, Debbie Harry, Florence Welsh,.....

Maybe there is a female/male attraction but as Penny says ...so be it...that's the way we are.
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#4
Those are such great examples. Especially Grace Slick, I mean ... could you imagine ?
SteveO Wrote:Grace Slick of the Jefferson Airplane comes to mind immediately! She was an entity of her own. JA wouldn't be the same without Grace. Other examples of strong talented women ...Chrissie Hynde, Stevie Nicks, Debbie Harry, Florence Welsh,.....

Maybe there is a female/male attraction but as Penny says ...so be it...that's the way we are.
Peace and Love,
Penny Lane
Breakfast with Myself


Art is the only thing you cannot punch a button for. You must do it the old-fashioned way. Stay up and really burn the midnight oil. There are no compromises. - Leonytne Price
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#5
I think it's a wonderful thing.
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#6
Pat Benatar - great vocalist!
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#7
freddie mercury also LOL
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#8
Welcome aboard MD, Andy! and by the way thanks for the great thread!
andy_88 Wrote:Hi,
I'm writing a piece on the role of women within music, especially on the popular band member line-up of a single female amongst a number of guys and would like to know your thoughts on the topic.

Bands such as Paramore, No Doubt, Evanesecence and The Black Eyed Peas have all adopted this line up, although are the women in these groups seen as equal to the men? Seen as an object of male attention/ in a sexual way? Or are they truly valued for their talent, regardless of specified instrument? Also any attitudes on feminism?

Would love to hear your thoughts on this.

Thanks
Andy
 The ultimate connection is between a performer and its' audience!
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#9
Well you forgot about Nightwish with there original singer Tarja Turunen she has one hell of an operatic voice meaning it's like singing on a symphonic musical with a metal song it wouldn't be more different than the present singer Anette Oizon another one worth mentioning is Noora Louhimo of BattleBeast she is also one hell of a metal singer. This would mean if you are a fan of metal with a lead female vocalist.
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