This Weekend I’ll Mostly be Listening to… Women Cover Bands Covering Male Bands August 20, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....
Joanne Joanne is perhaps the most intriguing. The drummer is from Knifeworld, they focus on what they (and I) say is the most interesting part of Duran Duran’s career, that being the first year or two when they were unequivocally a new romantic/futurist group. They say ‘we don’t do Rio’. And good for them. Though if it were me I’d do New Moon on Monday and Ordinary World.
I could talk about Duran Duran’s first album, perhaps in this slot one day I will. I still think it is a great piece of work. I’m not immune to some of the later stuff, but it was glibber, less – well – interesting.
Iron Maidens are perhaps the most professional of the three. If you like Iron Maiden I suspect you’ll like them. If, like me, you’re not madly fond of ver Maiden then I think you might actually find them an improvement on the original.
The Ramonas are a bit more down to earth propelled by fizzing energy and… well…more fizzing energy.
Of course, as with all covers bands there are stray thoughts. All these groups are pretty good in their own right. They can play, they can sing, they can drum. Why aren’t they making their own music. And yet, and yet, given how covering songs is part of a cultural heritage stretching back, presumably, millennia I’m uneasy about demanding novelty – particularly when these groups by covering bands which are male are in and of themselves doing something fascinating in itself.
Some thought provoking stuff here too…
Cross-gender tribute acts are still a novelty, but until the advent of bands such as Joanne Joanne, they were a single-genre novelty. (Not to mention single-gender: there are dozens of all-girl acts, but almost no male bands covering female groups, more of which below.) Nearly all the early cross-gender groups were metal, which came with the inbuilt challenge of persuading sceptical metalheads they could rock out as vigorously as men. Some went a step further, apparently endorsing metal’s objectification of women (the website of a Metallica tribute exclaims, “MISSTALLICA was the response to the want and need for old school thrash metal and a pretty face to go with it!”). But the scene now has female pop, punk, grunge and even country tributes, who interpret their subject matter as they see fit.
Any other cover bands people have heard of like the above?
Joanne Joanne – Planet Earth
Joanne Joanne – Girls on Film
Iron Maidens – Run to the Hills
Iron Maidens – Aces High
The Ramonas – Sheena is a Punk Rocker
The Ramonas – Rockaway Beach