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The LOUD WOMEN Albums of 2017

Drumroll please – it’s time to announce the winners of LOUD WOMEN’s Albums of 2017 poll*! And the winners are …

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The Menstrual Cramps: We’re Not Ovaryacting

Desperate Journalist: Grow Up

Kesha: Rainbow

Downtown Boys: Cost of Living

Nervous Twitch: I Won’t Hide

Diet Cig: Swear I’m Good At This

Brix & the Extricated: Part 2

The Darts: Me.Ow

Pet Crow: A Simple Guide to Small and Medium Pond Life

Bratakus: Target Grrrl

You can check out the winning albums on this Spotify playlist (excluding Nervous Twitch and Bratakus, who are both far too punk for Spotify – find them instead on Bandcamp)

*As voted for by members of LOUD WOMEN’s wonderful reviews and events team, including: Cassie Fox, Kris Smith, Abby Werth, Abigail Brady, Vicki Thompson, Hannah Kessler, Marissa Schlussel, Stacy Norman, Charley Stone, Kitty Fedorec, Sarah Lay, Phil Whaite, Gemma Gompertz, Alex Sarll, Jess McPhee, Tegan Christmas, Richard Archer, Jenny Bunn, Keira Cullinane, Hannah Wright. Thank you all for your time! x

Female Fronted, Drawn Together

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Julie Hawk, front woman of Hawk, has created a beautiful multimedia project called ‘Female Fronted, Drawn Together’. This is very much LOUD WOMEN’s cup of tea! A playlist of inspirational female musicians, past and present, with an illustration to accompany each song. Julie has kindly written a piece exclusively for LOUD WOMEN explaining her work on the project.


I don’t know where I’d be without the musical women who have influenced me. I started Female Fronted, Drawn Together as a project that combines music and illustration in a way that celebrates this; that allows me to share their music and give a little back to say thank you.

There wasn’t really a plan at first in terms of what I would base each drawing on. But I think that’s led to a really organic and personal process of pin-pointing where my feelings lie, because each artist has affected my life in a totally different way. Some of these women I admire for their message or for their musical creativity. Some of them have given me unforgettable live experiences. And some of them I associate with significant memories, whether happy or sad – the right place at the right time.

I don’t think believe that anyone hears the same piece of music in the same way. Each connection that an artist makes with a listener is unique and complex. On top of this, female fronted music is so often lumped together as a single genre in a way that doesn’t acknowledge the diverse voices and talent and ideas that each woman brings to the table. I feel like in many ways, girls grow up to feel competitive to one another, but there’s been an amazing and positive backlash against this in music lately. I’m seeing so many girlbands looking out for each other and starting up amazing collectives together. I wanted Female Fronted Drawn Together to be a little contribution to this movement, and a space through which I could thank each of these women and just share a little love.

Find Julie on Instagram 

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A personal playlist by Terry Stauntontel-with-tie

We’ve seen them on the screen, both silver and small, but there are many occasions when women of a thespian bent have entertained the notion of adding a singing string to their bow. Here’s a one-stop selection of twenty, in no particular order, but be warned; not everything that follows is especially great. Nevertheless, El Tel hopes you find a modicum of fun in all of them.


Following the success of her first major film role in Circle Of Friends, Minnie opted not to take the recording contract she’d been offered by Virgin, but continued to make intermittent excursions into the world of music. Here she is making a pretty good job of interpreting one of The Cure’s best known songs.


It started out savvy and sharp, but by the end of the second season Glee was bog-standard teen telly – the very thing it had set out to satirise. Like Friends and Ally McBeal before it, the reliance on star guest appearances became tiresome, but Gwynnie totally hits one out of the park here.


Heartbreakers isn’t a great film, but it’s worth a watch, because Sigourney is a criminally underrated comedian. Who wouldn’t fall for this light-hearted slab of swinging Soviet grooviness?

MERYL STREEP – I’m Checkin’ Out

Playing a character inspired by Carrie Fisher’s addiction diary Postcards From The Edge, the grand dame of Hollywood and beyond lets rip with her hitherto unheralded saloon gal persona. Prescient, if you’re looking for a one-word label.


Remember Gwynnie giving it loads of CeeLo earlier? Here’s indie icon Lili (Six Feet UnderShort CutsI Shot Andy Warhol) hollering the post-watershed original in a Manhattan piano bar.


Nothing to say about this one, save for it being a ridiculous waste of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. And is there a reason why Shirley Bassey features in every shot of the clip?

GOLDIE HAWN – A Hard Day’s Night

It’s jazzy Fab Four time, endorsed by the legendary George Martin. This version featured on the late ‘90s album In My Life, on which the fifth Beatle produced all manner of odd folk covering songs by the best band ever.


Things are getting’ strange, I’m startin’ to worry. It’s an iffy song by Mulder-less Scully. Lame dance track designed to grab headlines, and it did. Ms Anderson found herself on the cover of Melody Maker.

MAE WEST – Twist And Shout

There’s an entire album of this stuff, y’know, and not just Beatles rock-outs. Many years later, Ringo Starr made a film with Ms West, which was even worse.

JULIA LOUIS DREYFUS – Sixteen Going On Seventeen

Post-Seinfeld but pre-Veep, arguably the greatest living comic actress indulges her girlhood Sound Of Music fantasies on David Letterman’s late night talk show, with a little help from an old friend. “Someone older and wiser, telling her what to do…”


The enigmatic star of Cape Fear and Natural Born Killers has been fronting The Licks between movie shoots for a few years, but this is her new single – and it rocks!

TINA FEY – Paints And Brushes

The genius behind 30 Rock and Mean Girls brings us an affectionate parody of Joni Mitchell.


The overture, written specifically for this 1967 TV performance, begins: “He had a rifle, oh what a rifle.” A couple of lines later, Raquel asks: “Who would have thought that a rifle of wood could ever find its mark?” Before long, we are confronted by male dancers brandishing big guns painted white. I think we can all agree that subtlety has taken a back seat.


A strong and feisty woman she might have been, but let’s be honest; June Carter Cash couldn’t carry a tune if you gave her a rucksack. Reese won an Oscar for Walk The Line, partly by singing better than the woman she was portraying.

LIZA MINNELLI – Twist In My Sobriety

Angst-ridden coffee table folk from the overly-serious Tanita Tikaram (the first line is the title of a book by Maya Angelou), re-upholstered as a synth-pop torch song. Produced and arranged by the Pet Shop Boys, in case you couldn’t tell.


Speaking of Liza, JJL wowed Broadway playing Sally Bowles in Cabaret in recent-ish times, but this performance of an Elvis Costello song is from a long-forgotten film, Georgia, released 20 years ago.

JO BRAND – The Feminist Song

We’ll let the ever dependable Jo speak for herself on this one, shall we?

AMY SCHUMER – Milk Milk Lemonade

Attention, women who make lewd and lascivious videos to compensate for the shortcomings of the song. Attention, men who watch them. Amy, the poster girl for uncomfortable truths, has got your number.

TRACEY ULLMAN – Paint It Black

This is what happens when diehard Goths marry and move to the suburbs.

JANE FONDA – Songs By Women

Let’s finish with A-list Hollywood’s first radical feminist, in the company of Helen Reddy, reminding 1970s prime time TV audiences that women write great songs. Her truth is marching on…