iVoryTowerz Radio: Diva Breakdown

This week, the underground podcast is using two of the first three definitions of the word "diva:" a female singer who has enjoyed great popular success; or an admired, glamorous, or distinguished woman. Read in any of the other definitions if you want, but they weren't intended. This is a special edition of the podcast featuring all female vocalists and the point of view of women, who often have a complaint to lodge. As for the definition of "breakdown," well, many work here. A particular dance move comes to mind, but of course, emotional despair is laced through many of these numbers too. The podcast covers more than 45 years of music propelled by women: everything from girl groups, soul singers, soul trios, pop chanteuses, alt-country songbirds, indie rock stars, punk princesses, underground pioneers, and goth rock succubi. Although the podcast provides a good mix of women singers, usually, this is an overdue special to put a spotlight on the contributions of women to the world of rock. Enjoy!

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“Evil Gal Blues” by Aretha Franklin
"It's My Party" by Lesley Gore
“Lovin' Proof" by Dusty Springfield
"Loneliest Girl in the World" by It's My Party
"Any Girl in Love" by Diana Ross & the Supremes
"She Ain't Me" by Carrie Rodriguez
“You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morisette
“Mesmerizing” by Liz Phair
"Diamond Ring“ by Sheryl Crow
"Saving My Face” by KT Tunstall
Cover Me: "Hey Joe" by Patti Smith
Jeff’s New Wave: “You Drive Me Wild” by The Runaways
“I Hate Myself for Lovin' You" by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
"Don't Wait Up for Me" by The Donnas
"Diva Breakdown" by Tits of Death
Rick's Metal Shoppe: “Cocaine Sex” by Nøcturne

(Mp3 Runs - 1:26:39; 80 MB.)
Program contains explicit song lyrics and discussions of mature content including graphic language. Rated: R.

(Photo by *karo666* of Rome, Italy via Flickr, using a Creative Commons license.)

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Anonymous said...

Very cool to see & hear Carrie Rodriguez in this context. Certainly a great new "diva" on the scene. Thanks for including her in that company!

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