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Sure, they got a gimmick: they rock! The top all-female tribute bands.
posted by Ardiril (68 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite

 
List includes Iron Maidens: list is acceptable regardless of other content.
posted by Sternmeyer at 12:55 PM on April 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


I can attest that AC/D-She does in fact rock.
posted by Razzle Bathbone at 1:00 PM on April 27, 2012


One Response to Top 10 All-Female Tribute Bands

Jeff Beck Sux says:
April 27, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I’d hit it.


That right there is the Internet in a nutshell, isn't it?
posted by bondcliff at 1:01 PM on April 27, 2012 [9 favorites]


List does not include Hell's Belles: list is markedly less valuable.
posted by armoir from antproof case at 1:02 PM on April 27, 2012 [5 favorites]


One Response to Top 10 All-Female Tribute Bands

Jeff Beck Sux says:
April 27, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I’d hit it.

That right there is the Internet in a nutshell, isn't it?


That's music in a nutshell. Turns out it cuts both ways. I know I'm terribly attracted to women musicians.
posted by Ironmouth at 1:03 PM on April 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'd like to register my appreciation for this without coming across like this guy:
One Response to Top 10 All-Female Tribute Bands
Jeff Beck Sux says:
April 27, 2012 at 1:06 pm
I’d hit it.
posted by modernserf at 1:03 PM on April 27, 2012


There's another AC/DC cover band that plays through Portland nearly every other month it seems called Hells Belles.
posted by wcfields at 1:05 PM on April 27, 2012


Those other AC/DC tribute bands must really be amazing if Hell's Belles doesn't get mentioned.

Or, what armoir from antproof case said.
posted by hippybear at 1:05 PM on April 27, 2012


Lez Zeppelin is seriously one of the most rocking concerts I have ever been too. Just...incredible.
posted by Lutoslawski at 1:07 PM on April 27, 2012 [5 favorites]


Before my first Hell's Belles concert, I was rather meh about AC/DC. But that show was so frikkin' rocktastic that now I can't get enough of 'em.

I want to have Adrian's child.


Unfortunately, I lack a uterus.
posted by armoir from antproof case at 1:11 PM on April 27, 2012


Here's my Lez Zeppelin story.

A friend of my is friends with Steph, the guitarist. When I went to see them, my friend emailed Steph to say that we should go get a drink after the show. So I met up with Steph after the concert with a bottle of Johnny Black in hand, as a thanks, because that's her favorite drink.

I asked if she wanted to grab a beer, she said just one. So the whole band and I go to the bar next door to the Aladdin in Portland and one turns into many and we're getting pretty housed. Some older guys come in from the show and they come over and say, "hey, you guys were pretty good for a cover band." Steph then smiles, but as he turns around she flips him off and says, "Fucker. We are not a cover band. Do you call an orchestra a Beethoven cover band?"
posted by Lutoslawski at 1:11 PM on April 27, 2012 [15 favorites]


Mötley Künst
posted by emilyw at 1:13 PM on April 27, 2012


Do you call an orchestra a Beethoven cover band?

Before this thread? Never.

After this thread... ALL THE TIME.
posted by hippybear at 1:14 PM on April 27, 2012 [34 favorites]


TurbonegrA
posted by Mountain Goatse at 1:17 PM on April 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


rock out without your cock
posted by pipeski at 1:18 PM on April 27, 2012 [2 favorites]


And already the first Boner Report is in over there. Thanks, Jeff Beck Sux, but your boner report is irrelevant, since every one of these ladies is miles too cool to fuck you with her worst enemy's pussy.
posted by Sidhedevil at 1:23 PM on April 27, 2012 [2 favorites]


OMFG, Iron Maidens were the awesome. These guys (I think that might be the right term) seemed to take this fundamentally daft but somehow charming music where it needed to go.

My daughter is 10 and has been rock drumming for a few years. I have often told her how great it would have been if she got together with three other girls and did a pre-teen Beatles tribute band called The Beatelles.
posted by colie at 1:24 PM on April 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


The name "Sheezer Butler," makes me smile.
posted by jonmc at 1:25 PM on April 27, 2012


Girls Girls Girls is the distilled essence of Motley Crue, much in the same way that a Cher drag performer is the distilled essence of Cher.
posted by KingEdRa at 1:32 PM on April 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


This was worth finally signing up for twitter over and sending it as my first tweet.
posted by Michele in California at 1:33 PM on April 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


Of course, I should have known:

The Beatelles


The Sheatles

posted by colie at 1:37 PM on April 27, 2012


If Jeff Beck Sux showed up backstage at any of these women's shows, I'd say he would do about as well as Beavis and Butthead.
posted by GallonOfAlan at 1:42 PM on April 27, 2012


Learning that Misstallica exists (THAT VOICE, YES) has made me very very happy.

And I definitely want to see Take The Power Back live. When they started building up the "fuck you I won't do what you tell me" part, I got spine tingles.
posted by flex at 1:42 PM on April 27, 2012


The Minks
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 1:43 PM on April 27, 2012


It's hard to find a woman that is also a musician that doesn't already have some doofus that isn't me hanging all over them. *sigh*
posted by Ululator at 1:45 PM on April 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


Have seen both Iron Maidens and AC/DShe and can confirm: \m/ O \m/
posted by eyeballkid at 1:53 PM on April 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


I always thought Slut-hole Burpers would be a good cover band name along these lines. What with the album title "Hairway to Stephen" and all I figure it kind of fits the subject.
posted by idiopath at 1:55 PM on April 27, 2012


So know I'm wondering if there are any drag-queen tribute bands that cover girl groups. There could be one called the Dangles, for instance.
posted by adamrice at 1:58 PM on April 27, 2012 [6 favorites]


know = now
posted by adamrice at 1:58 PM on April 27, 2012


Dixon?
posted by Ardiril at 1:59 PM on April 27, 2012


(By which I mean to say that I am thrilled to see that primal kind of angry power conveyed in a way that is not coy or sexy or hot or "badass" as these things so often are overlaid with; just to see that imaginary ideal representation of how I feel when I sing along actually happening for real even though the idea of an unathletic mommy with a muffin top and a crappy singing voice headbanging is laughable to almost everyone, so I only do it while I sort laundry or wash the kitchen floor.)
posted by flex at 1:59 PM on April 27, 2012


So know I'm wondering if there are any drag-queen tribute bands that cover girl groups.

The majority of drag queen performers I've seen (outside of the Wigstock documentaries) have been lip-synch artists, so it would indeed be unusual to see an entire group of them working in tandem to produce such a show.

I bet it would be a huge hit if they could pull it off.
posted by hippybear at 2:01 PM on April 27, 2012


@hippybear - Ouch.
posted by Ardiril at 2:21 PM on April 27, 2012


Y'all apparently don't know about MANdonna!, I see.
posted by Sidhedevil at 2:24 PM on April 27, 2012


drag-queen tribute bands that cover girl groups

Chixie Dicks.
posted by aldurtregi at 2:27 PM on April 27, 2012 [6 favorites]


Drag queen tribute bands that cover girl groups -- I've never known any, but that didn't stop me, my brother, my ex, and another friend from attempting to start the Boy Bangles...or Boyangles*... about a decade ago. Sadly, it never got beyond a fairly decent sounding a capella "Eternal Flame" and me trying to learn guitar to surprise them all with my "Hazy Shade Of Winter."

God, I wish I was joking, not because I'm embarrassed, but because I'm really regretting my lack of follow through. Time, time, time, see what's become of me.

As for the post at hand:

I never thought that I would find something that would make my love of the-more-ridiculous-the-better puns and wordplay increase a hundredfold instantly (because it was already so high); this article -- just knowing these women exist actually -- proved me wrong. And then I listened to some of their music and it was much more than just a joke.


* This was one of the many internal disagreements that kept us from ever getting off the ground.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 2:28 PM on April 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


I’m pleasantly surprised by the number and quality of women rock musicians these days. Not "pretty good for a chick", just good. They were always out there, but few and far between. Now there’s debate about who the top 10 (mostly metal) cover bands are. At one point I think you would have had trouble coming up with 10 female bands of any kind. And it just seems to keep getting better, there are teenage girls on YouTube that are amazing players.

When I was younger and playing in bands (80’s) we could never figure out what the problem was, surely there wasn’t something so freakin special about the guys in bands we knew, or some physical limitation that females had. This seems to be one of those rare times in life where one of those seemingly unanswerable questions has been answered, nature vs nurture.
posted by bongo_x at 2:43 PM on April 27, 2012


How did "Take the Power Back" even make that list. That was barely barroom cover band quality.
posted by zephyr_words at 2:44 PM on April 27, 2012


How did "Take the Power Back" even make that list. That was barely barroom cover band quality.

True, but I think the point is that it's not any worse than when Rage Against The Machine performs it.
posted by IAmUnaware at 2:50 PM on April 27, 2012


Incomplete without The Nuns. Yes, they are what you think they are.
posted by scruss at 2:51 PM on April 27, 2012


Is there any algorithm that tells me how I can spend the year following all of these bands around the world?
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 3:01 PM on April 27, 2012


One of my female cousins is in a cover band called Boob Dylan. They're just starting out in Madison, but they know at least 4 songs. And the name is just amazing.
posted by Osrinith at 3:11 PM on April 27, 2012 [2 favorites]


I, too, checked the list for Hell's Belles. I can't imagine AC/DShe could possibly be better.
posted by rabbitrabbit at 3:26 PM on April 27, 2012


I think they went with AC/DShe because a) they were first, or b) that was the better video between the two bands. Such articles are hardly definitive, and if you have links, go ahead and post them. The more, the better.
posted by Ardiril at 3:31 PM on April 27, 2012


Hell's Belles: Back in Black. Definitely effin' rockin'!

Nature vs. Nurture is a very interesting quandary here. I wonder how many of these girls had barbies and crap foisted on them with them simply saying, "Fuck that, I'm here to ROCK!"

So much great talent here, thanks for the post!
posted by snsranch at 4:06 PM on April 27, 2012


Damn you WCFields. . .yes, Hell's Belles.
posted by Danf at 5:27 PM on April 27, 2012


"How did 'Take the Power Back' even make that list." - Just for daring to take on Tom Morello?
posted by Ardiril at 5:28 PM on April 27, 2012


That guitar player in Hell's Belles just moves them way past all the other AC/DC tribute bands. She does a better Angus than Angus.
posted by cazoo at 5:52 PM on April 27, 2012


That guitar player in Hell's Belles just moves them way past all the other AC/DC tribute bands. She does a better Angus than Angus.

Totally - Adrian's great. She lives here in Austin and has been dating a friend of mine for, God I'm old, seven or eight years. Her solo act is fun as hell.
posted by restless_nomad at 6:02 PM on April 27, 2012


Fun fact, tangentially related: the current guitarist for The Polyphonic Spree used to be in an AC/DC tribute band.
posted by hippybear at 6:16 PM on April 27, 2012


One of my big regrets is not finishing a Waiting for Guffman-esque screenplay I wrote about an all-girl T. Rex tribute act. I knew I could never get it made due to the clearance issues. Writing it was fun, but I can't imagine actually producing it. Oh well.
posted by pxe2000 at 7:03 PM on April 27, 2012


What are they called, "She-Rex"?
posted by Renoroc at 7:13 PM on April 27, 2012


Needs more Heart tribute bands.
posted by euphorb at 7:16 PM on April 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


Mötherhead
Slayette
Megabeth
Shepultra
Van Helen
Anthrass
Twisted Sister

Naming all-female tribute bands is my new favorite roadtrip game.
posted by swift at 8:17 PM on April 27, 2012 [4 favorites]


Lynnette Skynyrd
posted by pH Indicating Socks at 8:38 PM on April 27, 2012


What we really need are all-woman tribute bands of existing tribute bands like Hayseed Dixie. Or, I suppose, an also all-woman bluegrass tribute band of Iron Maidens.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 10:34 PM on April 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


Judas Priestess should have been Judy Priest, I think.
posted by Halloween Jack at 11:17 PM on April 27, 2012


Interesting post. And they all sound pretty good. But I couldn't help but feel like sometimes they were "cheating". It's not nearly as hard to hit those high notes for women singers.
posted by readyfreddy at 12:12 AM on April 28, 2012


what? No Beach Girls?
or Shifting Sands for Rolling Stones?
or Genesister for Genesis?
Sweeties for Sweet?
Boodie Sisters for Doobie Brothers?
Blue Flo for Pink Floyd?
Silky Dinah for Steely Dan?
O-Ho for A-Ha?
Hahas for Heroes covering Tears for Fears?
Daggers 'n Daisies for Guns 'n Roses?
Pale Violet for Deep Purple?
Yes Ma'am?
Women At Work?
Three Cat Night?
M.E.R.?
2U?
June Bovi?
AA Bottom?
Videofeet?
Warmwork?
Fluke? (covering Rush... think about it)

I'm so sorry.
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:12 AM on April 28, 2012


June Bovi

That's genius.

With tribute acts, the name really is half the fun. And then you can start on the band members as well. Like Joan, Paula, Georgie, and Ringa.
posted by colie at 2:08 AM on April 28, 2012


Misstallica... sounds better than the real Metallica these days. (from the link)

Yep. I would have no problems if the chick in the video replaced James Hetfield in Metallica. He just sounds awful on their last few albums.
posted by Kevtaro at 6:22 AM on April 28, 2012


"It's not nearly as hard to hit those high notes for women singers."

Go back and listen to Girls Girls Girls. She's not even trying to match Vince Neil note for note. heheh
posted by Ardiril at 6:41 AM on April 28, 2012


If someone could inform me that there is a lady TMBG cover band with one creepy, angular accordion player and one cheerful plump guitarist, I would be very happy. (And also very surprised.)
posted by Countess Elena at 7:43 AM on April 28, 2012


The Ramonas
Van Helen
Weird Gal Yankovic
Napalm Beth
Bonnie Dames Gee, Oh!
posted by Renoroc at 10:46 AM on April 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


It's possible to be a wee bit too clever with the genderswitching of the band names, you know; after reading some of the above, I thought that the TMBG cover band should be called Death By Snuu-Snuu.
posted by Halloween Jack at 3:48 PM on April 28, 2012 [2 favorites]


No Paradise Titty?
posted by dirtdirt at 9:54 PM on April 28, 2012


This Is Serious Dad?
posted by PeterMcDermott at 3:54 AM on April 29, 2012


I thought that the TMBG cover band should be called Death By Snuu-Snuu

Not "The Spirit Is Willing But The Flesh Is Spongy And Bruised"?
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 11:10 AM on April 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


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