As an ardent feminist raised by my widowed mother and six older sisters, I learned almost from birth the vast superiority of women over men in nearly every human quality that matters most, such as compassion, empathy, altruism, wisdom, and, most importantly, love. My mother, Tess Bernat Scheck, was simply the smartest, wisest, and most capable human being I’ve ever known, moreover her capacity to love was the single greatest gift she bestowed on her nine children. I was her last baby and she spoiled me rotten. Plus my sisters doted on me, and in fact still do well into my 57th year of life. I think one of the reasons I have eschewed monogamy is because I cannot love just one woman, which sounds like a sleazy cop-out, but I swear it’s true. I not only prefer the company of women, I pretty much loathe most men around me.
In the 1980s women began to take over Rock & Roll thanks to brilliant pioneers like Patti Smith, Debbie Harry, Joni Mitchell, Suzi Quatro, Stevie Nicks, Heart’s Wilson sisters Ann & Nancy, Pat Benatar, and of course the amazing Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin. I could name many more.
In the 1980s women stepped out front to lead so many great bands, or stood alone as solo artists of great power, depth, and feeling. In my opinion some of the best music of that era was female dominated, and here are a few examples to back my rather bold argument.
Missing Persons – Mental Hopscotch (1982)
Pretenders – Back on the Chain Gang (1982)
Eurythmics – Who’s That Girl? (1983)
The Motels – Only the Lonely (1982)
Quarterflash – Take Me to Heart (1983)
Kim Wilde – Kids in America (1982)
Madonna – Physical Attraction (1983)
Bananarama – Cruel Summer (1984)
Janet Jackson – Control (1986)
Throwing Muses – Call Me (1986)
Book of Love – Modigliani (Lost in Your Eyes) (1986)
Tracy Chapman – Fast Car (1987)
Sonic Youth – The Sprawl (1987)
Sinead O’Connor – Mandinka (1987)