Rolling Stone magazine has announced its take on the Top 50 albums of 2006, and it seriously bums me out to report that only 5 of the 50 are by individual women artists (and one by an all-woman band), though there are a handful of bands fronted by women.
The lucky 5 are:
#6: Cat Power Ã¢â‚¬â€œ The Greatest
#21: Regina Spektor Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Begin to Hope
#45: Neko Case Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
#48: Lady Sovereign Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Public Warning
Granted, they are really great albums by really cool women, but can’t we do better than 10%? These lousy stats bring to mind the NME magazine controversy a few weeks ago. Wouldn’t it be cool if one of the women listed above responded to this list by posting her own Lily Allen-style rant about the lack of respect for women in rock?
I nominate Natalie Maines.