Lex Jones here, I am honored to be invited back to Lennon’s blog to write in her series about the lovely ladies of 1990’s music. The nineties were a time of change. We said goodbye to excesses of the 1980’s and began embracing the earthier side of life. The Hair Metal bands that once ruled the charts were edged out by Grunge bands and the singer/songwriter types. Music lyrics resembled those of the late 60’s and 70’s, questioning social injustice and tackling political issues. With the birth of the internet, we became more informed and more aware of the world around us.
Women thrived in music in the 1990’s in each and every genre. I would have to write a post the length of “War and Peace” to cover them all. So in an effort to keep things moving, I am going to focus on my top 4. I am going for the quirky, earthy, edgy and cool chicks as my picks. So here goes:
Tori Amos: Born the daughter of a Methodist minister, Tori was a young musical prodigy, studying at the Peabody Conservatory of Music at the age of five. Her rebellious nature got her expelled by age 11, and she never looked back. I was on the fence about her in the beginning. I liked her. She reminded me of Kate Bush. And then she released her Under the Pink album and I was hooked. I loved her song, “God” but “Cornflake Girl” remains my favorite. (I never was a cornflake girl, either, Tori)
Sarah McLachlan: Before the ASPCA commercials, we all knew Sarah as a singer/songwriting powerhouse who got fed up with the “boys club” and founded Lilith Fair. Named after Adam’s first wife (in Jewish folklore), Lilith wanted to be seen as an equal to Adam, which caused discord and her eventual exit from Eden. Sarah’s little festival featured some of the best female artists of all time. I never had the opportunity to attend, but always wanted to go. My favorite song is “Possession” on her Fumbling Towards Ecstasy album. She wrote the song about her experience with a stalker. She literally took words from his letters and put them into the lyrics. He terrorized her for years and then had the nerve to try to sue her for plagiarism. Can you imagine getting a letter from someone describing, “I’ll kiss you so hard, I’ll take your breath away…” Seriously scary shit. But Sarah turned it around and made it into a hit. YOU GO GIRL!
Joan Osborne: She had one massive hit, although I enjoyed her entire album. Her song, “One of Us” is still a favorite. I loved her voice. I related to the lyrics. I had a girl-crush on Joan…with her long curly hair, sexy smile and that nose piercing. She is still touring. Still recording. Still captivating.
Sheryl Crow: I will admit, I HATED, “All I Wanna Do” and almost wrote Sheryl off completely. But then I heard, “Leaving Las Vegas” and she was redeemed. I loved the realness in her voice and enjoyed that she was also a musician. My favorite Sheryl Crow songs are “Steve McQueen” “Home” with my all time fave being “If It Makes You Happy” I love the lyrics, “scrape the mold off the bread and serve you French toast again.” She inspires me to live my life and make a better breakfast.
This just a sample of the ladies I loved in the 90’s. Each one has a unique place in my fond memories of my life and times in the 1990’s…it was my heyday. There are so many others I’d love to dish on, but time is fleeting. Stay turned for Lennon’s second part of the 90’s next week!