This country-rock veteran spent years fighting to make music her own way, turning ordinary lives into poetic ruminations with her melancholy yet indomitable voice.
This dance ain't for everybody — just the sexy people. Essential moment: "Push It," which got the entire world chanting "Ooh, baby, baby! Somebody needed to create the ultimate goth archetype. Essential moment: "Doo Album) That Thing ," where her warmth and strength are not a combo but one quality. A hippie country sweetie-pie becomes the star of the burgeoning LA. Essential moment: "You're No Good," revving up a great old Betty Everett song with dread and paranoia.
She was a girl, she just wanted to have fun, and she gave hope to kooks everywhere that they could be rock stars or just feel like one. Essential moment: When Lauper tells the world how girls really have fun in "She Bop," her brazen, self-penned ode to getting yourself off. An essential collection, condensed from the six-CD Onobox set, of this rock weirdo's most powerful work. Bjork 's artistic stature grew by yards in the course of this strange, affecting work, by turns harshly industrial, meditative and neon jubilant.
All the simmering passion of a Catholic schoolgirl who's traded in her uniform for a slit skirt and a bullet bra oozes from Ronnie Spector's one-of-a-kind vocal cords. SoCal vixens-next-door fuse punk attitude with pop exuberance, full of garage-band overdrive, get-up-and-go handclaps and classicist melody.
A soul sister from the Big Easy with indelibly emotional pipes — she sobs in time with the raindrops in "It's Raining," but she reads her man the riot act in "Hittin' on Nothing. The otherworldly lass hits the concrete hard, sweaty from sex, looking for weapons and heading toward hope. Essential moment: "Hysteric," Karen O's most nakedly soulful love song. Warwick, Hal David and Burt Bacharach galvanize early-Sixties girl-group longing with orchestral-pop sophistication, as Warwick's voice moves London's savoir-faire Stateside.
We still don't know what "" means, and we don't care. Essential moment: "Rhythm Nation," biting a Sly Stone guitar lick for a headbanging good time. Two sisters — Ann and Nancy Wilson — take over hard rock, led by Ann's supreme pipes and Nancy's ax-picking finesse. The boys fell in line, and the records flew off the shelves. Essential moment: "Barracuda," an aggressive Zeppelin-esque stomp that burns, burns, burns it down to the wick.
You know how you sometimes catch yourself wondering, "Remind me again — why did people ever take Courtney Love seriously? Essential moment: "Softer, Softest," the Widow Cobain's confession of her painful past — although she had no way of knowing that her pain was just beginning.
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Essential moment: "So Far Away," a wistful melody with all the loneliness of the album cover. Such a nice quiet Catholic girl, at least for the first 30 seconds.
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Essential moment: "Get Up," a propulsive postpunk meditation on sex, death, and the dizzy sensation of getting ripped apart by your desires. Disco with a pedigree girl-group Motown and ambitions art rockLabelle zoomed dance rock into the future. Modern technological advances have enabled the culture to mainstream the degradation of women like never before; but ancient cultures were no better.
Women in pagan societies during biblical times were often treated with little more dignity than animals. Some of the best-known Greek philosophers—considered the brightest minds of their era—taught that women are inferior creatures by nature. Even in the Roman Empire perhaps the very pinnacle of pre-Christian civilization women were usually regarded as mere chattel—personal possessions of their husbands or fathers, with hardly any better standing than household slaves.
That was vastly different from the Hebrew and biblical concepts of marriage as a joint inheritance, and parenthood as a partnership where both father and mother are to be revered and obeyed by the children Leviticus Pagan religion tended to fuel and encourage the devaluation of women even more. Of course, Greek and Roman mythology had its goddesses such as Diana and Aphrodite.
But don't imagine for a moment that goddess-worship in any way raised the status of women in society. The opposite was true. Most temples devoted to goddesses were served by sacred prostitutes—priestesses who sold themselves for money, supposing they were performing a religious sacrament. Both the mythology and the practice of pagan religion have usually been overtly demeaning to women. Male pagan deities were capricious and sometimes wantonly misogynistic.
Religious ceremonies were often blatantly obscene—including such things as erotic fertility rites, drunken temple orgies, perverted homosexual practices, and in the very worst cases, even human sacrifices.
Contrast all of that, ancient and contemporary, with the Bible. From cover to cover, the Bible exalts women. In fact, it often seems to go out of the way to pay homage to them, to ennoble their roles in society and family, to acknowledge the importance of their influence, and to exalt the virtues of women who were particularly godly examples. From the very first chapter of the Bible, we are taught that women, like men, bear the stamp of God's own image Genesis ; —men and women were created equal.
Women play prominent roles in many key biblical narratives. Wives are seen as venerated partners and cherished companions to their husbands, not merely slaves or pieces of household furniture Genesis ; Proverbs ; Nightmare - Various - Womens Liberation (CD At Sinai, God commanded children to honor both father and mother Exodus Of course, the Bible teaches divinely ordained role distinctions between men and women—many of which are perfectly evident from the circumstances of creation alone.
For example, women have a unique and vital role in childbearing and the nurture of little ones. Women themselves also have a particular need for support and protection, because physically, they are "weaker vessels" 1 Peter NKJV. Scripture establishes the proper order in the family and in the church accordingly, assigning the duties of headship and protection in the home to husbands Ephesians and appointing men in the church to the teaching and leadership roles 1 Timothy Yet women are by no means marginalized or relegated to any second-class status.
The Bible teaches women are not only equals with men Galatiansbut are also set apart for special honor 1 Peter Husbands are commanded to love their wives sacrificially, as Christ loves the church—even, if necessary, at the cost of their own lives Ephesians The Bible acknowledges and celebrates the priceless value of a virtuous woman Proverbs ; ; 1 Corinthians Christianity, born Nightmare - Various - Womens Liberation (CD the intersection of East and West, elevated the status of women to an unprecedented height.
Jesus' disciples included several women Lukea practice almost unheard of among the rabbis of His day. Not only that, He encouraged their discipleship by portraying it as something more needful than domestic service Luke In fact, Christ's first recorded, explicit disclosure of His own identity as the true Messiah was made to a Samaritan woman John He always treated women with the utmost dignity—even women who might otherwise be regarded as outcasts Matthew ; Luke ; John He blessed their children Lukeraised their dead Lukeforgave their sin Lukeand restored their virtue and honor John Thus He Nightmare - Various - Womens Liberation (CD the position of womanhood itself.
It is no surprise therefore that women became prominent in the ministry of the early church Acts ; 1 Corinthians On the day of Pentecost, when the New Testament church was born, women were there with the chief disciples, praying Acts Some were renowned for their good deeds Acts ; others for their hospitality Acts ; ; still others for their understanding of sound doctrine and their spiritual giftedness Acts ; John's second epistle was addressed to a prominent woman in one of the churches under his oversight.
Even the apostle Paul, sometimes falsely caricatured by critics of Scripture as a male chauvinist, regularly ministered alongside women Philippians He recognized and applauded their faithfulness and their giftedness Romans ; 2 Timothy Naturally, as Christianity began to influence Western society, the status of women was dramatically improved.
One of the early church fathers, Tertullian, wrote a work titled On the Apparel of Womensometime near the end of the second century. He said pagan women who wore elaborate hair ornaments, immodest clothing, and body decorations had actually been forced by society and fashion to abandon the superior splendor of true femininity.
He noted by way of contrast that as the church had grown and the gospel had borne fruit, one of the visible results was the rise of a trend toward modesty in women's dress and a corresponding elevation of the status of women. He acknowledged that pagan men commonly complained, "Ever since she became a Christian, she walks in poorer garb!
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