RIP Aaliyah


Rest in peace, Aaliyah Dana Haughton (January 16, 1979 – August 25, 2001)

Gone but never forgotten.

I want to give a shout out to all of the black women who love and make rock music out there.

You may have been bullied and isolated for being what you’re into, or you may even have had people try to question your blackness for it.

You may have met others in the scene who doubt your authenticity, who assume you’re a part of a trend, or that you don’t actually know much about the music or the bands in it. They may dismiss you as just trying to be quirky and unique, and not a true fan like everyone else.

You may have had family try tell you the music is Satanic and evil, and thus that you are Satanic and evil by association. Or you may just have family that dismisses your interest and refuse to understand your love for it.

You may be a musician who has a hard time getting taken seriously because of both your skin color and your gender.

I just want to remind you that you are awesome, you are seen, you are normal, you are talented, and you are valid.

8tracks #BlackWomenInRock playlist


Check out this playlist on @8tracks: Black Women In Rock playlist ( by jaleesa-l.

New songs added! This playlist is sourced from my own personal collection, so I can basically only add songs I’ve bought lol. Check it out!

The Bodysnatchers – “Easy Life”


The Bodysnatchers – “Easy Life”

The Bodysnatchers were an all-female 2 tone/ska band formed in London in the late 70’s. The seven-piece band recorded two singles in 1980 that were released on the Specials’ 2 Tone Records. One contained a pair of danceable tunes—”Let’s Do Rock Steady” (which is their highest charting song, making it to #22 on the British charts in 1980) and “Ruder Than You”. The more compelling single, however, contains the excellent feminist anthem “Easy Life” on the A-side, with the more low-key “Too Experienced” on the flip. There are a couple other songs that exist, most of which were featured on John Peel’s show. (Those can be heard below.) The band were a unit for around two years, playing energetic gigs with bands like the Specials and the Selecter with a repertoire that consisted mostly of covers. The above footage is from the 1981 documentary Dance Craze.

After the Bodysnatchers disbanded, some of the members went on to form a pop/new wave group called the Belle Stars. Vocalist Rhoda Dakar then went on to sing with the Special A.K.A., bringing “The Boiler”, a haunting song about date rape that never got to be recorded by the Bodysnatchers, with her.

More tunes: “Too Experienced” ; “Let’s Do Rock Steady” ; “Ruder Than You” ; “007” (Desmond Dekker cover) ; “The Ghost of the Vox” ; “What’s This?” ; “Happy Time Tune