The following term appears in the headline of a recent Rolling Stone article on some “up-and-coming” Welsh band.
…Female-Fronted Nineties Rock
The subtitle of the piece continues the patronizing tone:
Welsh trio’s debut disc recalls classic albums by bands like Hole, Elastica and PJ Harvey
What a pathetic, offensive reduction of a band’s work! The “female” thing is bad enough; call a woman a woman. This isn’t biology lab. Also, beside the fact that I can’t stand Hole, how do they fit in with Elastic and PJ Harvey other than era of popular breakthrough, vaginas, and a degree of shared “attitude”?
Perhaps this band is thrilled by the comparison and the RS ink, but to me this is no different than comparisons in the ’80s and ’90s, respectively, of The Busboys and Living Color to a handful of unrelated African-American rockers based almost solely on the fact that the band members are all “negroes.” With Exploitive Black Rock History Month upon us, what other offensive biases would you like to see eliminated from rock criticism?