GC (and nearby) Music Lovers List Top Ten Women-Led Albums

Chicks who Rock. And Roll. We’re marking International Women’s Day the only way we know how. With music. We asked some of the most connected music-lovers we know, about the albums they love, by women. This is what they came back with…


Joel Edmondson, Executive at Q Music
Karen Dalton – In My Own Time
Tune-Yards – WhoKill
Missy Elliot – Under Construction
Cocteau Twins – Blue Bell Knoll
Lisa Gerrard – The Silver Tree
Sharon Van Etten – Are We There
Tori Amos – Little Earthquakes
Grouper – Dragging a Dead Deer Up A Hill
Tracey Chapman – Tracey Chapman
Grimes – Visions


Andrew Stafford, Author Pig City

Kate Bush – Hounds of Love
Patti Smith – Horses
Liz Phair – Exile in Guyville
PJ Harvey – Dry
The Go-Go’s – Beauty and the Beat
Jen Cloher – In Blood Memory
Taylor Swift – 1989
The Slits – Cut
Sleater-Kinney – Dig Me Out
Suzanne Vega – Beauty & Crime


Graham Ashton, Director at Footstomp
Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I just Sit
Patti Smith – Radio Ethiopia
Lucinda Williams – Essence
Kasey Chambers – Barricades and Brickwalls
Hole – Celebrity Skin
Macy Gray – On How Life Is
The Staple Singers – Be Altitude
Flip Grater – While I’m Awake I’m at War
The Sugarcubes – Lifes Too Good
PJ Harvey – Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea


Cindy Jensen, Creative Director at Buskers by the Creek
Bjork – Holidays in Europe
Sarah Blasko – I Awake
Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac –  Greatest Hits, 2014
Amy Lee, Evanescence – Fallen
Joni Mitchell – Blue
Courtney Love, Hole – Nobody’s Daughter
Lucy Gallant (BBTC Festival Find) – Free Like Me
Suze Demarchi, Baby Animals– Shaved and Dangerous
Janis Joplin– In Concert
Lady Gaga – The Fame


Leesa Gentz, Chief Hussy at Hussy Hicks
Mavis Staples – We’ll never turn back
Liz Stringer – Warm in the darkness
Indigo Girls – Playlist (thank god they have a ‘best of’ otherwise I could never pick a favourite)
Etta James – Her best
Krystle Warren – Circles
Me’shell Ndegeocello – Comfort Woman
Sam Brown – Stop
Jill Scott – Experience: Jill Scott 826+
Kristy Lee – Lifescapes
k.d. lang – A Truly Western Experience


Louise Bezzina, Creative Director at Bleach* Festival
Kate Bush – Hounds of Love
Ceremonials – Florence and the Machine
No Doubt – Tragic Kingdom
Cranberries – Everybody Else is Doing It so Why Can’t I?
Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill
Camille O’Sullivan – A Little Yearning
björk – Post
Martha Wainwright – Come Home to Mumma
Goldfrapp – Black Cherry
Roxette – Joyride


Samantha Morris, Owner at Blank GC
The Breeders – The Last Splash
Sonic Youth – Dirty
Suzanne Vega – self-titled
Pretenders – Pretenders
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians – Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars
Bjork – Post
Hole – Celebrity Skin
L7 – Bricks Are Heavy
Kate Miller-Heidke – Telegram
Shirley Bassey – Greatest Hits (1997)


Glenn Tozer, Councillor at City of Gold Coast
Ani diFranco – Knuckle Down
Clare Bowditch & the Feeding Set – Autumn Bone
Fiona Apple – Tidal
George – Polyserena
Jennifer Knapp – Lay it Down
Lauryn Hill – MTV Unplugged 2.0
Sarah Blasko – The Overture and the Underscore
Laura Marling – I speak because I can
Laique – The Last Bend
Florence & the Machine – Lungs

Honourable mention, Felicity Lawless – Ouroboros

Anthony Gebhardt, Senior Music Writer at Blank GC

PJ Harvey: To Bring You My Love
Pretenders: Pretenders
X Ray Spex: Germ Free Adolescents
Broadcast: Tender Buttons
Sibylle Baier: Colour Green
Alice Coltrane: Journey In Satchidananda
Liz Phair: Exile in Guyville
Gillian Welch: Time (The Revelator)
Holly Golightly: Truly She Is None Other
The Breeders: Pod

With honourable mentions to:
Selda: Selda
Magic Dirt: What Are Rock Stars Doing Today
Patti Smith Group: Radio Ethiopia
The Eurythmics: Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
Grouper: Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill
The Runaways: The Runaways
Siouxie and the Banshees: Juju
The Detroit Cobras: Life, Love and Leaving
Bikini Kill: Reject All American
Vashti Bunyan: Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind


Leah Martin-Brown, Frontwoman at EVOL Walks
Dead Sarah – Pleasure to Meet You
Janis Joplin – Pearl (Legacy Edition)
Evanescence – Fallen
Lana del Ray – Born to Die
The Pretty Reckless – Going to Hell
Heart – Dreamboat Annie
Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow
Meg Myers – Sorry
Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
Missy Higgins – The Sound of White


Natalie O’Driscoll, Cultural Editor at Blank GC
The Divinyls – Temperamental
Eurythmics – Be Yourself Tonight
Eva Cassidy – Songbird
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals – The Lion The Beast The Beat
Madonna – Like a Prayer
Joni Mitchell – Both Sides Now
Amy Winehouse – Frank
Lacuna Coil – Karmacode
Tracey Chapman – Tracey Chapman
Tori Amos – Little Earthquakes


Polly Snowden, Creative Director at Pollination Music
Mamakin – Magicians Daughter
Valentina Brave – Debut EP
Tinpan Orange – everything
Ngaiire – everything
Felicity Lawless – Ouroboros
Hussy Hicks – everything
Carol King – everything
Janis Joplin – everything
Aretha Franklin – everything
BEYONCE! – everything


Gina Martin, Blank GC photographer and music writer
Patti Smith – Easter
Carole King – Tapestry
Cat Power – The Greatest
Superjesus – Sumo
Laura Marling – Once I Was An Eagle
Portishead – Dummy
Rebecca’s Empire – Way of All Things
Kaki King – …Until We Felt Red
Janis Joplin – The Pearl
Warpaint – The Fool



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