idk how to introduce this, basically this is a postcard of all my icons (since i am in my teenage years now) first off, the slits. the slits are influential to me because their sound was unique at the time; a mixture of reggae and punk and used patti smith's philosophy of not changing the lyrics to songs to make it sound like they were singing it to a guy (even though they were straight) so it showed that they had 'balls'.
i have joan jett and cherie currie from the runaways for similar reasons, they were two ballsy women who started and all-girl rock band (which was unheard of thing in 1976) who were a mixture of the glam rock scene that was popular then and the punk rock scene that was starting and ready to explode. i put them seperately because i idolize them both in seperate ways as well; cherie for her gutsy precense on stage, pushing the envelope by only wearing a corset and fishnets on stage and joan because she was the songwriter who created these albums full of attitude and sexual frustration, writing (and sometimes singing) what teenage girls are feeling. she also brought the punk element to the runaways while cherie brought the bowie/glam vibe to the band.
i then have the clash because they're one of my favourite bands of all time. why? well, for starters, joe strummer wrote about what he felt (which were mainly political) and therefore spoke, and still speaks, to a generation who want to change their country and fight the flaws. they also changed their sound throughout their career (i think this is most apparent on 'sandinista!', the title and the ethic of the record stemming from the nicaraguan rebels and the d.i.y. reggae music priduced during the time) their ferocity and energy on stage was unbelievable; much like their records.
i chose katy goodman (le sera/guitarist from vivian girls) because her guitar playing is absolutely amazing; i just love it. also, her songwriting speaks of issues that girls feel whether they're in a relationship or not.
i've chosen tavi gevinson/stylerookie on blogspot (in case you're curious) because she has a somwhat unique fashion taste; taking in certain places from loads of different places; seen on the front row of many fashion weeks. she also edits a teen blog called rookiemag which is written by girls, for girls, talking about issues girls want/need to hear and understand. finally (and this is the important part for me) she makes playlists on 8tracks; i listened to a couple of her playlists and all the tracks sort of knitted together perfectly and i thought "i want to make playlists too" and inspired me to make an account and make playlists for the whole of the internet to see but i'm less popular (i'm at 8tracks.com/twinpeakstbull )
i've added the smiths for slightly similar to the clash; i find the elements morrissey (through the mainly melancholic and iconic lyrics) and johnny marr's upbeat (and sometimes dramatic~see death of a disco dancer) guitar playing contrast and i think bands sound more interesting and unique when sounds contast within. morrissey sang about what he felt; about emotions anyone will feel once in their life and had an undertone of political statements. johnny marr, meanwhile, had and still has a completely unique sound to his guitar (and probably my favourite sound to a guitar; sorry freddie)
i've also included iggy pop because i believe he invented punk with the stooges way before 1977 with "i wanna be your dog". his strange precense (like cherie's) pushed the envelope by the fact he's been shirtless since raw power came out. his songs talk of sex/sexual frustration and anger which is a thing anyone will experience
finally, i've added the horrors because they've been one of my favourite bands since i was 11 and have introduced me to the whole shoegaze movement in the mid '80s and to some of my favourite bands like the jesus and mary chain and my bloody valentine. they're also another band that has contrasting sounds (faris' melancholic lyrics contrast with the melodies of the bass, synth, guitar and drums combined. also, i think joshua hayward is an absolute genius; not even kidding. he creates his own guitar pedals and phasers for an unique sounds that sounds similar to that shoegaze movement but also adds something new to the sound; something never creaed before. i know the horrors are now known as a synth band (which they kind of are) but my favourite element of the horrors is the guitars (i'm also a bit of a feedback freak so it kind of makes sense)
anyway, sorry for the massive essay; hope i've enthralled you all to give me comments and buzz (if it's hate idec it's my opinion tbh) anyway, good luck to everyone else and congrats to the winner whoeveer they may be