Gibson celebrates women with guitars

 
 

Last week, Gibson posted a list of its 10 favorite “All-Female Bands.” (Thanks to AE reader monica_s for the tip!) They got a few right:

Vixen, the late 80’s “hair-metal” response to the likes of Warrant and Poison. Some critics dubbed them the “female equivalent of Bon Jovi,” but who’s to say Bon Jovi isn’t the male equivalent of Vixen?

The Donnas are known for their “infectious hooks” and “snarling riffs,” plus badass lyrics like “You can play my game/But I’ll put you to shame.” They picked up more queer credit with their theme song, “I Don’t Want to Know” for South of Nowhere.

The Dixie Chicks, the undoubtedly “highest-selling all-female group of all-time,” have come a long way from awkward music videos, to showcasing their musicianship and turning the every country music stereotype on its head. Yes, you can play country music and hate George Bush.

And, of course, The Runaways. How can you not love a hardass group of rebel girls that dressed in leather, played insanely catchy rock ‘n roll and became the object of every lesbian’s romantic affection? Plus, it put Joan Jett on the map. Need I say more?

The list also included The Bangles, The Go-Gos and Kittie. But why not add some more lesbian (and lesbian favorite) acts that Gibson’s list left off? (Note: I’m defining “bands” in this case as those that play their own instruments.)

Riot grrls and feminist icons Sleater-Kinney

The 5.6.7.8s, a Japanese garage rock trio that gained American popularity in Kill Bill

The Indigo Girls — a band synonymous with being a lesbian

Married couple Abby DeWald and Amanda Barrett, aka The Ditty Bops

Canadian indie/pop lesbian twins-duo Tegan and Sara

The latter two acts bring in a couple dudes every now and then for instrumentation, but they get some leeway for being lezzy bands.

Who are your favorite all-female bands of all-time?

 
 

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