This live recording of "Witness" was taped in 1984, the same year Cyndi Lauper's debut album She's So Unusual was released. The track was included in the 2014 re-release, to mark the 30th anniversary of the album.
Canadian artist Merrill Nisker is known as Peaches. She first rose to popularity in the early 2000s. This album from 2006 is one of her best works. Peaches mentions "she-bop" in this track... can you hear it?
This all-woman band from New York City--women who met in the 1980s and began to play together in the 1990s--includes members Jill Cunniff, Gabby Glaser, and Kate Schellenbach along with Vivian Trimble. Kate was the drummer for the Beastie Boys in their punk days, and the band remained a favorite of the Beasties, who issued this album on their label Grand Royal before Capitol Records got on board.
Do you know Carrie Brownstein from the IFC tv show Portlandia? This is her 1990s-era, all-woman band! Members Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein on guitar and vocals, and Janet Weiss on drums, came back together for a new album in 2015, after a 9-year hiatus.
San Antonio's all-woman band Girl in a Coma includes singer Nina Diaz, bassist Jean Alva and drummer Phanie Diaz. Nina, Phanie's younger sister, was only 12 years old when she began performing with the group.
Osaka-based all-woman band Shonen Knife released this tribute to the Ramones--who had first inspired them to perform--in 2011. Band members have changed over the years; this track includes Atsuko Yamano on guitar and bass, Ritsuko Taneda on bass, and Emi Morimoto on drums.
The band Slant 6, named after a Dodge engine, is from Washington D.C. and not Detroit. The trio includes Myra Power, Christina Billotte, and Marge Marshall. An influential all-woman band, they've been on the scene since 1992.
Au Revoir Simone is a Brooklyn-based indie pop band, including Heather D'Angelo, Erika Foster, and Annie Hart. All three women play keyboards and sing, with D'Angelo operating the drum machine. The band's name is taken from a minor character in the movie Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. I tracked down the clip for you to watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRP42OS5mjo&frags=pl%2Cwn
New Zealand-born musician Phillipa Brown is based in Melbourne, Australia. The stage name Ladyhawke comes from a 1985 Richard Donner film. She's been releasing solo work under this name since 2006. This is her first album to be released on a US-based label. You can watch the trailer for the bizarre film, featuring a mis-cast Matthew Broderick alongside Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfeiffer, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0BTs66JAgM