Metal Vs. PopPosted: August 3, 2007
Oooooh….. tough call…..!!!!
Right, let’s ignore the music. Yes, yes, I can hear you all having heart attacks. Stave them off, ok? Ignore that tingling feeling in your left arm….
What about teh womenz?
So, you have Pop. Women are everywhere. And I mean everywhere. As lead singers, backing singers, in all-female bands, the works. But how many of them sing about anything other than a man? Or getting a man? Or singing to a man?*
Don’t get me started on the Pussycat Dolls.
Or, you have Metal. Women are thin on the ground. Mainly because one of the status symbols of a metaller is a beard the size of a small badger clutching to your chin. But when they are about – and this tends to be as lead singers, so their difference and rarity is further emphasised – they get to sing about death, and evil, and…. stuff…..
Things that aren’t men.
For example – Within Temptation’s song Mother Earth.
Would either pop or metal pass the Bechdel-Wallace test, as adapted for music — two or more women in a band, who sing about something other than a man?*
Continue the research.
And when I say “continue the research”, what I mean is I want lots of opinions please!
*Slightly worryingly, the Spice Girls pass the test, with various songs about ‘girl power’, and loving their mothers.