The Women of Post-Punk and Goth March 08 2020
We think everyday is a day to acknowledge our heroes in the post-punk and goth music scene that just so happen to be women. These ladies are not only brilliant musicians and artists, but also cultural pioneers.
Siouxsie and the Banshees’ debut single “Hong Kong Garden” was a game-changer. Released on August 18th, 1978, the Steve Lillywhite-produced song created a sound that everyone took inspiration from. This invariably caused lazy journalists would then begin the sexist epidemic of writing off most women daring to be as creative as Siouxsie as sounding exactly like her—which no one did!
Meanwhile, in Germany, Nina Hagen made her debut with singing in a hybrid style of opera and punk with “TV-Glotzer” (a cover of “White Punks on Dope” by The Tubes), developing a persona whose influence reverberates to this day.
We would be remiss if we were not to mention the importance of Debbie Harry, Nico, and Patti Smith, who preceded post-punk and goth by a generation. We also do not want to overlook punk singers like Poly Styrene, whose classic punk anthem “Oh Bondage Up Yours!” set the tone for the feminism to follow.
Each of the women listed below is selected from the original generation of artists that came out in the late 70s and 80s, and has undeniably made an important contribution to post-punk and goth, so much so that there deserves to be a book on the subject.
ANJA HUWE (XMAL DEUTSCHLAND)
ELIAZABETH FRASER (COCTEAU TWINS)
LISA GERRARD (DEAD CAN DANCE)
LYDIA LUNCH (TEENAGE JESUS AND THE JERKS)
VIV ALBERTINE (THE SLITS)
ANNE MARIE HURST (SKELETAL FAMILY AND GHOST DANCE)
GITANE DEMONE (CHRISTAN DEATH)
GILLIAN GILBERT ( NEW ORDER)
We would also like to thank newer artists like:
- Karen O
- Amanda Palmer
- Jehnny Beth from Savages
- Larissa Iceglass
- Alli Gorman from Bootblacks
- Sally Dige
- Zohra Atash from Azar Swan
- Kennedy Ashlyn from SRSQ and Them Are Us Too
- Jo Bevan from Desperate Journalist
- Geneva Jacuzzi
- Zola Jesus
- Sarah Taylor of Youth Code
- Jae Matthews from Boy Harsher
- Mistina La Fave from The Prids
- Nicola Kuperus from Adult.
- and many more!