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Old 12-08-06, 11:07 AM
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Chrissie Hynde is the greatest female rocker of all time

I had this debate with some friends last weekend. I can think of no women and few men who rock harder than Chrissie Hynde at her height with The Pretenders. Someone actually had the gall to bring up that no talent, crack whore Courtney Love. Heresy.

IMHO, Stevie Nicks is the only other women in her league.
Old 12-08-06, 11:32 AM
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Chrissie Hynde I can buy, but Stevie Nicks? I don't really consider her a rocker at all since she doesn't really rock. She was easily the weak link in Fleetwood Mac.

My vote goes to:

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Old 12-08-06, 11:47 AM
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Originally Posted by cdollaz
Chrissie Hynde I can buy, but Stevie Nicks? I don't really consider her a rocker at all since she doesn't really rock. She was easily the weak link in Fleetwood Mac.
Doesn't rock? How about "Gold Dust Woman", "Edge of Seventeen", "Stop Draggin My Heart Around", etc?

Do you seriously think she was the weak link in Fleetwood Mac? Ask yourself this- would Rumours have been hurt more by the absence of Stevie Nicks or by the replacement of John McVie with a session bass player?
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What, no love for Moe Tucker?

I support the Kim Gordon vote. I also think, purely on longevity and inventiveness, we should include Georgia Hubley. For that matter, let's include Patti Smith and (to a lesser extent) PJ Harvey.

And Joplin.

Let's just say this is a question that has no right answer.
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Chrissie Hynde has to top the list, simply because she sings, writes, and plays guitar. Joan Jett would have to be near the top for the same reasons. Most female rock stars are either just front'men' (not songwriters) or not the principals in the band. Sure, Janis Joplin, Kim Deal, Tina Weymouth, Debbie Harry, etc., are great, but they weren't/aren't band leaders like Hynde. One could argue that members of all-female bands like Sleator-Kinney, The Donnas, et. al., should rank highly. I would agree, but not as much as Ms. Hynde.
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Chrissie Hynde, the person who while playing in San Francisco said "I hope the muslims win"? (which was wrong to say on a number of levels)

There are PLENTY of female rockers out there. Kim from the Muffs rocks way harder than Chrissie ever did. There the Lunachicks. L7. All play, sing, & write their own songs.
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Much as I like Stevie Nicks, I do have to agree with cdollaz, in that I don't consider her a rocker. I also don't think there was a "weakest link" in Fleetwood Mac, but in terms of talent I'd have to put her at the bottom.

I own all her albums, really!

As far as greatest female rocker, I'm not sure I actually have an opinion. I'll have to think about that one!
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Chrissie Hynde, the person who while playing in San Francisco said "I hope the muslims win"? (which was wrong to say on a number of levels)
Yeah, her! Of course, that's a stupid comment, but I definitely agree that she is right at the top of the list. HARDEST rocker? No. But the greatest.
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hahaha
yeah and taylor dayne too
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Patti Smith, Janis Joplin and Chrissie Hynde are sadly the only 3 I can come up with that I consider world class rockers with bodies of work that stand the test of time.
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Chrissie Hynde I can buy, but Stevie Nicks? I don't really consider her a rocker at all since she doesn't really rock.
Clearly you've never seen this woman rock the tambourine. Shaking it above her shoulder, tapping it on her side, she did it all!

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Originally Posted by das Monkey
Clearly you've never seen this woman rock the tambourine. Shaking it above her shoulder, tapping it on her side, she did it all!

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uh... tambourines aren't "rock". GUITARS are.
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Originally Posted by das Monkey
Clearly you've never seen this woman rock the tambourine. Shaking it above her shoulder, tapping it on her side, she did it all!

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[sheep] baaaaaaaa [/sheep] Don't forget that Stand Back video! I love Stevie, but don't think of her as a rocker in the same sense as Chrissie or a Joan Jett.
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No love for Ann and Nancy Wilson?
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Originally Posted by The Cow
No love for Ann and Nancy Wilson?
No.
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Juice Newton rocks hard than all of them.
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The answer is PJ Harvey
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Im going to throw Exene Cervenka into the mix.
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Patti Smith
Chrissie Hynde
Kim Gordon

IMHO, in that order...
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Originally Posted by das Monkey
Clearly you've never seen this woman rock the tambourine. Shaking it above her shoulder, tapping it on her side, she did it all!

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Indeed. And no one, NO ONE, spins like her. Add a shaw and she rocks my world even more.

Tracy Partridge and Veronica Lodge (from the Archies) are close runners up as the best tambourine players.

Back to Chrissie Hynde. Ignore everything she says. She's made some rather stupid comments throughout her career. I wish rock stars would just shut the fuck up between songs and just perform.
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And, I'd like to nominate the Go-Go's to this list. Well, Kathy Valentine, Jane Wiedlin, Charlotte Caffey and Gina Schock. Saw these ladies (again) this past summer and they're better than ever live. Also look fantastic. I excluded Belinda because she doesn't play any instruments.
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Chrissie Hynde would also be at the top of my list---such an achingly perfect voice, completely feminine without being "girly" in any way. I think Siouxsie Sioux, while not possessing the same vocal talents as Hynde, has quite an impressive body of work as well.
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Originally Posted by Daytripper
I excluded Belinda because she doesn't play any instruments.
But she's another that can play a mean tambourine. Plus I bet she can beat a cowbell like the best of 'em.

My vote(s) would go to Joan Jett, Lita Ford and, after seeing her live, Louise Post (Veruca Salt).
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I nominate Sleater-Fucking-Kinney.

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