Girls Rock ...

  • May 11, 2013 · 12:00 PM
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It's time to celebrate the work of the great rock chicks.  Lead singers and even girl groups who kicked boy rockers in the ass.  Every decade, they came thick and fast.  They chose not to become Divas, there were plenty those.

These girls rocked.

Tina Turner ... Janis Joplin... Sizi Quattro ... Blondie ... Patti Smith ... Linda Ronstadt ... Divinyls ... Pretenders ... Sinéad O'Connor ... Björk ... The B-52's ... Melissa Etheridge ...  Alanis Morissette ... Sonic Youth ... Liz Phair ... Breeders ... Pixies ... L7 ... Elastica ... Veruca Salt ... PJ Harvey ... Indigo Girls  ... Magic Dirt ... The Grates ... Ani DiFranco ... Cat Power ... the list goes on and on

So come on ladies.  Come and see what all the noise is about.  Don't let us boys have all the fun.  Come and sing your favourite girl rock and have a damn good time.

Electric guitars, acoustics with pickups, bass guitars, keyboards, drums, vocals with a hint of reverb... Oh yes.  Rock 'n' Roll time.

Spacious, sound-proofed, air-conditioned studio suite.  PA is supplied.  4 or 5 mics.

Put some thought into what killer girl-rock tunes you'd like to try and post them on the comments below.  Give us all a chance to come in prepared and ready to rock.

So polish up the SG. Restring the Strat. Pull out the pedals. Warm up the vocal chords.

 

Come out and play.

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  • colleen s.

    Thanks everyone for bending over backwards to try to allow me to be a part of today's jam. I came late, unprepared and physically unweller than I was prepared for. You offered equipment, my song choices, a 'sick' microphone, accompaniment and flexibility, but with my lowered emotional defences and method actor/muso ways, I just couldn't read the lyrics 'I been Crying' or 'heatwave' without experiencing exactly those things! Very embarrassing to be not up to it with all the advance publicity. Funny considering I'd teased Dave with suggestion of diva music ala Streisand eg, but in the end I was worried I'd be perceived as a difficult diva by dave..(tongue twister)! I think also working by ear I'm not so suited to electric jams with more than a few because I'm slow for working out what I play working less with visual cues than by the sound I just made as to where to go for the next chord. But I can't hear with so much electric music, so maybe I'll bail from the electric jams. thanks all

    May 12, 2013

    • colleen s.

      sounds nice! I know there are acoustic jams at Daves which I usually go to, but four hours is too much for me in daylight hours. There are always competing things but small acoustic jams are where I'm more at home with working my ear. thanks for the supportive comments.

      May 12, 2013

    • Pete W.

      same for me daylight hours on weekends, with competing daytime needs - renovations, sleeping in, washing, hunting & gatheriing for the week ahead ;) etc... Nights are always my choice...

      1 · May 13, 2013

  • Margaret

    I ditto everything written here! Great bunch of people, great music, well paced, fun, fun, fun! Looking forward to more and getting to know everyone better.

    May 12, 2013

  • Candice

    I echo what everyone else said about today! I'm sorry I couldn't stay till the end. What was the last song? It's exciting to be in the midst of music lovers with so much talent. I'll learn a lot from these jams! Another Girls Rock in a few months is a great idea! Thank you all for making me feel welcome and thank you David for organizing.

    May 11, 2013

  • Mark R.

    Still buzzing after a very enjoyable session today ! Fantastically well balanced sound, great fellow muso's and a songlist which I think we covered well. Thanks as always to David and thanks also to Peter for the songsheets. I also think the girls vocals today were out of this world !

    1 · May 11, 2013

  • Andrew I.

    I agree wholeheartedly with Peter. I really enjoyed myself. Thanks to all concerned for making it such a fun time. Special thanks to David for the leadership and to Peter for his preparation of song list and charts and the rock solid drumming. I am so glad Marg found this meet up.

    May 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic day - had so much fun it felt like only 10 minutes. Some very nice people playing some cool music. Boy did we nail that last one. Thanks to everone for your contributions in making the day such a success. Thanks to David for organising. David - perhaps do another session in a few months doing the exact same theme. Check out the pics - you are all nearly famous !!!

    May 11, 2013

  • David D.

    Really great session. Wonderful songs really well done. Thanks everyone.

    May 11, 2013

  • Stephen W.

    Thank you everyone for a great afternoon. To come from a being a home player and play with people with a lot more experience is great for me. Learning a lot from these sessions.

    May 11, 2013

  • Candice

    Just parked - cu shortly!

    May 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Cool bananas - thanks for the song titles and keys. It is shaping up to be really really good..I will do a bit of "self preparation" on the songs ...- Dave - do we have a bass player for the day ??

    May 3, 2013

    • Brian d.

      No worries, will bring my rig and walk that dog

      May 10, 2013

    • Clifton A.

      Sorry if I did not make myself clear, but I am bringing my friend a BASS Player today. So we will have 2 bass players..I tried to change my RSVP to One Plus but it did not work...Sorry for the confusion. Cliff

      May 11, 2013

  • Pete W.

    Candice, Margaret and Colleen, this IS all about you 3....lead...I have one final suggestion for number 10 on Peter's list (not me Pete Sheldon) i.e. other than Pink I know of no other female artist who has covered Wicked Game (Chris Issacs) Pink loves it, so it must be good...my tip is add it to No. 10:
    Its not Pink, but bloody brilliant ....:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DHzUQFwbMY

    May 10, 2013

    • colleen s.

      Wicked is good but equally Pink's I'm Comin out so you betta get this party started. I have performed that one at school fete with hijab wearing schoolgirls doing handstands on the stage! here's the chords http://tabs.ultimate-...­

      May 10, 2013

    • Margaret

      Just to confuse everyone and throw another one in the mix....Andrew and I have played this one for a long time. He could help you with the chords but here is the you tube link. Same key I think. If we dont do it now maybe remember it for a later date. http://www.youtube.co...­

      May 10, 2013

  • Pete W.

    Let me replace that girls, if you have room for No. 11 ...span it out..
    . Rihanna:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfyS4VgNIEY

    1 · May 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    David - our host - has requested I put up a provisional song list so here goes. (Please keep in mind we have songs that several people can do and also Candice needs to leave early - we will work through all that on the day)
    1) Hard To Make A Stand - C
    2) Somehting To Talk About - A
    3) I'll Stand By You - C
    4) Alone - Am
    5) Don't Get Me Wrong - C
    6) Heat Wave - C
    All above songs have chord charts done
    7) Brass In Pocket - Gsus4
    I have a copy of Ultimate Guitar chart of this one but it gives me a headache
    8) ??
    9) ??
    10) ??

    It would be great if anyone can come along on the day and add to this list. David puts a lot of organising into this site and these events and I respect and support him for doing so. These sessions are meant to be very very informal with the emphasis on music and fun. Levels of talent have nothing to do with attending - just show up with a willingness to contribute and you will have a ball.

    2 · May 9, 2013

    • Candice

      Well now I have also printed off Pleasure & Pain (from link above) and Boys in Town (I like it too!): http://tabs.ultimate-...­ (Not sure how that version is for the guitarists). More songs? Would Pat Benatar qualify as a rock chick? If so, how about "All Fired Up" or "Hit me with your best shot"? I suggested Closer to Fine (Indigo Girls) earlier in discussions but it's better suited to a more folky session (I think of it as Folk... Some may label it "Country", but either way "Rock" is pushing it!

      May 9, 2013

    • Pete W.

      My tip is take Colleen and Margarets tips for the fillin...niow I'm too curious not to come along...I'll decide on the day I'm sorry, yep I'm a temperamental musician! ;) Yikes!

      May 9, 2013

  • colleen s.

    how about some Renee Geyer? Man's World or Stares and Whispers?

    2 · May 3, 2013

  • Pete W.

    sorry to withdraw, I posted a message...Pete

    May 9, 2013

    • David D.

      Peter. I have scheduled a women's music acoustic session in July though it hasn't been announced yet.

      1 · May 9, 2013

    • Pete W.

      OK, I'll align with that David, I posted my suggestion and song list to get the ball rolling, you may have another concept, mine is about female lead vocalists, predominantly acoustic, but mixed instruments would be cool too...sorry if I'm over suggesting, its just sheer interest and enourgement, I know what its liek to sing and play alone, done it all my life!...sick of it, need people... ;)

      May 9, 2013

  • Margaret

    How about some Pretenders ( such as Dont Get Me Wrong, Chain Gang and/or I'll Stand by You), Sheryl Crowe ( Hard to Make a Stand, Strong Enough) Bonnie Raitt ( Something to Talk About) ?

    1 · April 30, 2013

    • Margaret

      Sorry to hear that Peter. Thought you might like this one http://www.youtube.co...­ it might be a good jamming one too

      May 9, 2013

    • Pete W.

      awww I do Margaret, never heard of that particular singer though, but the song, well nothing to say that would add to its fame!...Even though I'm not going, I thinktti would be a fabulous warm up song!...there's a part for every one! ...its got all the build!...Best wishes...ask Peter to put it at the top of the list....instead of his vacancy at 8 and 9! ;)

      May 9, 2013

  • colleen s.

    I do realise that we could end up with 100 songs if we all do 10 songs and I will only be there a few hours so I put it out there, but expect to be lucky to do a few of them and to learn songs from other lists and expand my horizons.

    May 9, 2013

  • colleen s.

    5. I Feel Love by Donna Summer

    http://www.guitaretab.com/d/donna-summer/92592.html
    6. White Rabbit/ Go Tell Alice by Jefferson Airplane http://www.azchords.com/j/jeffersonairplane-tabs-1997/whiterabbit-tabs-144042.html
    7. Never Say Never by Romeo Void (check this clip - those were the days when any body size was allowed to star in their own film clips)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePIImGMjn_8
    8. Baby Baby where did our Love Go by the Supremes http://www.guitaretab.com/s/soft-cell/165463.html
    9. Baghdad Cafe song 'Calling You'
    http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/b/bob_telson/calling_you_crd.htm
    10". Rock Lobster by B52s
    http://www.cosmic-kitchen.com/song.php?id=b-52s__RockLobster

    May 9, 2013

  • colleen s.

    hi, I don't expect to get everything in my top 10 done, but seeing as you asked for a list, here's another one. I've topped it with Heat Wave as one a few people already said they like, as with Pleasure and Pain. As for keys, Dave will hopefully adjust the keys in which they are written with his magic button on the computer if necessary to suit our vocal ranges or what we've already worked it out in. These are ten I like.
    1. Heat Wave
    http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/m/martha_and_the_vandellas/heatwave_crd.htm
    2. Songbird by Fleetwood Mac 'For you, the sun will be shining.."
    http://www.guitaretab.com/f/fleetwood-mac/276109.html
    3. Pleasure and Pain
    http://www.guitaretab.com/d/divinyls/212751.html
    4. Big Yellow Taxi -"Don't It always seem to be
    that you don't know what you've got till it's gone" http://www.guitaretab.com/m/mitchell-joni/12635.html exceeded word limit so rest of list next posting

    2 · May 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey David, we have some great songs - and some great female singers - with some great musos all willing to show up and have some fun.........can't go wrong in my opinion

    1 · May 9, 2013

    • David D.

      I agree, it will be fun. Is there any chance you can just name and number a provisional set list please? I think 10 songs should do it.

      May 9, 2013

  • Candice

    Hi David & others! Of the songs Peter Shelton emailed through. I've printed off the following and happy to sing any/all of these. I will only be able to stay until 2ish but hopefully will get to sing something in that time. Don't Get Me Wrong=C; Chain Gang=D; Something To Talk About=A; I'll Stand By You=C. He also included Brass In Pocket ("Special") but not sure what key it's in... Starts with a G... ( I have a lot to learn...!). I'll bring those with me.

    May 9, 2013

  • David D.

    Hi All. We need to pin down our 10 or so song list. Please put forward the strongest nominations with chords in your preferred key. We need to have them printed out to bring with us.

    May 9, 2013

  • David D.

    Hi All. I just heard the sad news that Christina Amphlett of the Divinyls died today. Aged 53. One of the great Aussie rock chicks. Surely we can manage something in her memory. All the the Boys in Town is a cracker.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMSyumchMWA

    http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/d/divinyls/boys_in_town_crd.htm

    April 22, 2013

    • colleen s.

      agreed Chrissie played the sex card with the suggestive lyrics and school uniforms and torn tights, but the tune and even words are quite beautiful in parts. Hard to believe the saccharine image of Little Patty is the sunshineandscrubbedsoap cousin of amp the raunch factor Amphlett.

      April 30, 2013

    • Pete W.

      all the boys in town
      http://www.youtube.co...­

      1 · May 7, 2013

  • Edward C.

    Another unavoidable commitment, unfortunately - changed to Killer Riffs instead.

    May 6, 2013

  • Clifton A.

    PLUS ONE

    May 5, 2013

  • Clifton A.

    David. I would like to bring my friend David Larkin along.
    He is a very good, very experienced Bass Player. He also makes
    & repairs BASS & 6 STRING GUITARS. He has a practice bass amp to bring along. (he also has a full size one, but we don't have a forklift.

    May 5, 2013

  • Margaret

    Sounds like there are more than enough songs circulating already but Linda Ronstadt's Heatwave just came to mind ... always loved doing that one (A).. quite a fast, fun number.

    May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have done some work on a few songs (words and chords) Most of them I have down to one page. They are :- Don't Get Me Wrong=C Chain Gang=D Something To Talk About=A I'll Stand By You=C Alone=Am(Capo+1) If anyone wants a copy before next Saturday send me an e-mail and will will get them to you. My e-mail = [masked]

    1 · May 3, 2013

    • David D.

      We still haven't picked something from the Divinyls either.

      1 · May 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Brass In Pocket has so many suspended chords I have suspended work on it. I have a copy of the music to bring however so maybe some one more cleverer than me can help on it.!!!!

      May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Heck yes!

    April 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Heck - great song - I have the music and word ready !

      May 4, 2013

  • Margaret

    I'd really love to do Something to Talk About (A) and Don't Get Me Wrong (C) or Chain Gang (D)....my preferences for inclusion in the set list.

    May 3, 2013

    • Margaret

      But out of the two Pretenders Dont Get Me Wrong is my preference there : )

      May 3, 2013

  • brett

    david is there a chance that we could get a set list so we know what songs to learn as we know from past jams that 5 or 6 songs is what we can normally get through,heart-alone,divinyls-boys in town,I'm special,pretenders or maybe one of the girls might set a list as it is there day to shine

    1 · May 3, 2013

  • Elena S.

    Bugger, please have another of these! I thought it was on a Sunday and I'm out for Saturday afternoons until after mid-June.

    April 29, 2013

    • David D.

      Thanks Elena. I'll keep that in mind, but every likelihood that it wouldn't be until then anyway. I'll be overseas in early June, so the next electric weekend wouldn't be until July unless someone else wants to organise a June session.

      April 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will bring Fiona to play Saxaphone and hopefully sing a song. As delicately suggested before it is great when people can "champiopn" a song and do the preparation. ie Let us know the Title and Key so those of us who want to can do some preparation before the day. Dont need a lot of songs to have a fun fun fun day. See you all there, cheers, Peter

    April 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will bring Sax player.

    April 27, 2013

  • Candice

    I can only come for the first hour or so as I now have a close friend's event to attend, but I will look forward to that hour!

    April 25, 2013

  • colleen s.

    also anything by Carol King or Joan Armatrading and local bands Railway Gin (early 70s) with Carol Loyd Webber It's ONly a Matter of Time and I Heart Hiroshima) and Tiny Migrants. Here are some of their songs I'd love to rework. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ME0sLLq_DGg Oh and for those who met Stephen Mackerras last weekend, he's in this clip featuring Deborah Cavallaro from Stephen and Deb's legendary Brisbane band Wonderous Fair. Not sure i can help with lyrics, just spreading the clips like a zealot.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oH8GxTtt1f8

    April 21, 2013

  • Micah

    Sorry I can't make this one! Sounds like it would be great!

    April 21, 2013

  • colleen s.

    Barbara Streisand
    huh! I had you there didn't I? No, I know you don't want divas (who are often just high functioning Aspies cast apart through no fault of their self-absorbed selves) so no Streisand. but we can still have plenty of fun with cool school uniform wearing girls like Chrissie from Divinyls, not into meth (etheridge i.e.)I am a fan of Celeste Potter. I don't know that I could perform this, but if anybody else has an unbelievably strong scream like Celeste, let it out and I could maybe do the driving electric guitar. No, it might not work for us but is still worth a watch. I saw her live twice .http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-R67UffxocQ

    April 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Heart -- Alone. Love that song.

    April 21, 2013

    • David D.

      Nice. Played on the piano on the black keys with a nice F#sus4 figure, but the guitars can capo on 1. The metalesque solo will be a challenge for someone.
      http://tabs.ultimate-...­

      http://www.youtube.co...­
      Interesting. All that hair!!

      Are you up for singing it?

      April 21, 2013

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