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Wild women of music from the 1980s

There were a number of deeply weird acts in the 80s. Here are a few of my favorites!

Wild women of music from the 1980s

    1. Nina Hagen

    Had a bit of a hit with "African Reggae." Listening to her Nunsexmonkrock album as I make this list.

    2. Diamanda Galas

    Whenever someone tells me that they like all music I tell them to listen to "Wild Women With Steak Knives" and get back to me!

    3. Wendy O Williams

    Led the Plasmatics and did her own stunts in videos including helolicopters and driving a school bus through a wall of televisions. Also used chainsaws and sledgehammers on stage and collaborated with Lemmy from Motörhead. Unfortunately left us too soon via suicide.

    4. Hanin Elias from Atari Teenage Riot

    Ok had to reach into the 1990s for ATR but worth a listen. Find the video where they were performing from the back of a truck during riots in Berlin and screaming through bullhorns blaring techno.

    5. Lene Lovitch

    More "pop " than some of the other artists on this list she had a few hits including one of my favorite songs "New Toy." Thomas Dolby played keyboards for her before he got famous.

    6. Kristy Marlana Wallace known as Poison Ivy or Poison Ivy Rorschach of the Cramps

    Rockabilly guitarist in a fearless band

    7. Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson of the B52s

    Achieved commercial success but had a very edgy and weird stylistic approach to their vocals. I read an interview where they named Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica as a very influential album.

    8. Grace Jones

    Her striking looks (she has also been a model) and dramatic staging and costumes are hard to ignore

    9. Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees

    Less wild musically but great name.

    10. Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders

    Ok not really wild but another one of my favorites from the era. She has one of the coolest stage presences of any rocker: so laid back and confident. 

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