Che-Che-Che-Che-Che-Che-Cherry Bomb: Women Rockers in the Seventies

Posted by Billyjam, March 24, 2012 03:50pm | Post a Comment


The Runaways "Cherry Bomb" (Live in Japan 1977)

In honor of Women's History Month I have gone back and dug up some of my all time favorite female rockers from the seventies via the series of music videos above & below. An obviously subjective list; it is based on both quality of artist and availability of corresponding YouTube video clips on said artist. Including both all female bands and female fronted bands these videos are culled from sometime in the decade of the '70's and range from hard rock to punk rock. Topping this list of artists/videos is the pitch perfect Runaways timeless hit "Cherry Bomb" from a show during a 1977 tour of Japan.

Others included below are the late great Poly Styrene with X-Ray Spex performing "On Bondage! Up Yours!" (from 1977 Punk In London documentary), Patti Smith and band doing a spine-tingling version of "Gloria" live in Germany in 1979, American born, British rocker Suzi Quatro's 1973 hit "48 Crash," and the early 70's killer American female rock quartet Fanny (who I saw Job O Brother also highlighted in a recent Amoeblog) doing two songs on the UK TV show The Old Grey Whistle Test. The other female rockers spotlighted below are Penelope Houston with the Avengers live in SF in 1978 care of Target Video, Siouxsie  (Sioux) and the Bansheesin 1978 doing "Hong Kong Garden," and The Slits from their 1979 debut album Cut and their song "Typical Girls" - featuring the late great Ari Up (Ariane Forster) who died of cancer two years ago.

X-Ray Spex feat Poly Styrene "Oh Bondage Up Yours" (1977)

Fanny "You're the one" and "Special Care" (from OGWT 1971)

Patti Smith "Gloria" (1979) Germany

The Slits "Typical Girls" (1979)

Suzi Quatro "48 Crash" (1973)

The Avengers feat Penelope Houston "No Martyr" (1978)

Siouxsie & the Banshees "Hong Kong Garden" (1978)

For the past five weeks Madonna fans have been pre-ordering the artists new album MDNA in both the regular CD album version and the Deluxe Edition CD at 
is but as of today scheduled to be released globally on March 26th, but you can be sure to have yours reserved for you now!

MDNA is Madonna's 12th studio album and the first since 2008's Hard Candy. Always keeping with the times, Madonna's new album features collaborations with Nicki MinajM.I.A., and electro pop jokers LMFAO.

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