Black Women in Punk: British Edition

Black women have always been at the forefront of any type of resistance, so it should come as no surprise that there are a number of punk bands (both past and present) who have featured black women in their ranks. As with black women in metal, black women in punk hold down group roles as singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, and more.

Britain is the birthplace of the music genre now known as punk. As such, I wanted to first focus on a few British ladies who rock punk music, including quite a few who are (or were) foremothers in the field.

Pauline Black (The Selecter, top left): Pauline Black (born Belinda Magnus on October 23, 1953 in Romford, London, England) is the founding member of ska band The Selecter. The band was brought to fruition in 1979, a few years after the peak of the initial punk wave. Along with other ska bands such as the Specials and Madness, Black’s The Selecter have been credited with creating the ska revival movement. Black has also appeared on TV as an actress, and wrote her own autobiography entitled Black By Design, which was released in 2011. Suggested Song: On My Radio. Website: http://theselecter.net/. More information: Pauline Black (Wikipedia)

Poly Styrene (X-Ray Spex, top middle): Poly Styrene (born Marianne Joan Elliot-Said on July 3, 1957 in Bromley, Kent, England) was the lead singer of the short-lived but highly influential punk band known as X-Ray Spex. Poly got the idea to form the band after seeing the Sex Pistols at a Hastings Pier performance on her birthday in 1976. The band launched their debut single in 1977, but dissolved in 1978 after Poly began having hallucinations. She was later diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Poly released her own solo project in 1980, and continued to put out music and perform until her death from breast cancer on April 25, 2011. Suggested Song: Oh Bondage Up Yours! More information: Poly Styrene (Wikipedia)

Rhoda Dakar (The Bodysnatchers, top right): Rhoda Dakar was born in Hampstead, London, England in 1959. She is best known as the lead singer for the band The Bodysnatchers. The band released their first single in 1979, a double A-side with “Let’s Do Rocksteady” on one side and “Ruder Than You” on the other. The band toured with The Selecter, and collaborated with many other ska bands such as The Specials. Rhoda continues to perform and put out music, with her last album having been released in August 2015 (Rhoda Dakar Sings The Bodysnatchers). Suggested Song: Let’s Do Rocksteady Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rhodadakarofficial More information: Rhoda Dakar (Wikipedia)

Kalia Whyte (Youth Man, bottom left): Kalia Whyte is the explosive front woman and guitarist of Birmingham, London based punk band Youth Man. Highly recommended for fans of hardcore punk that makes you want to mosh and scream, and one of my personal favorite bands. Check them out on Bandcamp or on Facebook. Suggested song: Pigs Photo credit: andyhphoto

Beverley Ishmael (The Tuts, bottom right): And last, but certainly not least, there’s punk pop powerhouse The Tuts, featuring Beverley Ishmael on drums. Another one of my personal favorite bands, who I love for their empowering lyrics. Listening to this band will make you want to get out there and emphatically smash the patriarchy, whether you’re male, female, or anything in between. You can find them on Bandcamp and on Facebook, among many other social media outlets. Suggested song: 1982

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This is the first part of a dedicated series exploring black women who make punk music. Am I missing anyone here? Let me know in the comments. And stay tuned!

The Tuts Upcoming Tour!

Hi Folks! Following their stunning debut LP Update Your Brain, The Tuts — everyone’s favorite British punk-istas — are going on a UK tour this May! I haven’t been able to see these ladies live (yet – come to the US, The Tuts!!), but they look like they put on a good show.

UK Peeps, get your tickets at The Tuts’ Official Website — they’re going fast! Tour dates are listed below.

New album from The Tuts – “Update Your Brain”

Following on the heels of several previous singles and EPs, @thetuts have finally given us a full-length album – Update Your Brain. This LP does NOT disappoint; It is the same high-powered punk pop you’ve come to expect (and love!) from this band. The album’s sound is sleek and polished, and grrl power oozes on every single track.

A couple of old faves have been re-recorded for the new album (”Dump Your Boyfriend” and “I Call You Up”), and they mix in well with all of the new songs like “1982″ and “Let Go Of The Past”. Full warning – this album will have you dancing and will also leave you wanting more. Pick it up today!

Get Update Your Brain: Bandcamp

8tracks #BlackWomenInRock playlist

blackwomeninrock:

Check out this playlist on @8tracks: Black Women In Rock playlist (blackwomeninrock.info) 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 Tuts

thetuts:

So we’re in Camden about to play a gig but we’re hungry so we quickly go this vegetarian restaurant a few doors down from The Lock Tavern venue and these American girls approached us and were like “Are you The Tuts???” And we’re like ‘YEAH!’ We assumed they were hanging around for the gig but turns out they were on holiday and spotted us randomly. We tell them we’re playing a free gig two doors down. They come, have the best time ever…what a beautiful coincidence. The end. #GirlGang #magic

Black Girl Friday.

thelearnedfangirl:

blackwomeninrock:

slashemup:

Black girls always been at forefront of rock n’ roll and punk. to all the black girls out here I hope this inspires you. NOTE This is alot of bands but its not every band. got any Suggestions send them to us at our email slashtheyassup@gmail.com or on facebook http://www.facebook.com/slashemuppunx Peace,

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MR. B. S.

  https://www.facebook.com/pages/MRB-S-trunk-rock-band/57075558173

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Anus Kings

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anus-Kings/193854984053047

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NighTrain

https://www.facebook.com/NighTraiNSeattle

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Sister Tyler

https://www.facebook.com/sistertyyler

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TV Tramps

https://www.facebook.com/TVTramps

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Vaginal Creme Davis

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vaginal-Davis/106159166081796?rf=110385405655669

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Dust Angel

https://www.facebook.com/DustAngelNYC

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Half Breed

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Half-Breed/370532413010081

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Omega Sirius Moon

https://www.facebook.com/OmegaMoon

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Stiffed (Santigold)

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stiffed/112267422121757

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Replica

https://www.facebook.com/replicareplica

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The Dummy Club

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Aye Nako

https://www.facebook.com/ayedontnako

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The Mighty Paradocs

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mighty-Paradocs/115554085164785

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3Jane

https://www.facebook.com/3janes

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The Breathing Light

https://www.facebook.com/Thebreathinglight

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Queen Crescent

https://www.facebook.com/QueenCrescent

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Negation

http://negationisaband.tumblr.com

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Honeychild Coleman

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Honeychild-Coleman/6424957932

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Shredding the Velvet

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Nastyfacts

http://www.kbdrecords.com/2006/09/16/nasty-facts-drive-my-car-ep-7/

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Bromance

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Tribe 8

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tribe_8

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Fire Party

http://www.dischord.com/band/fire-party

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The Atomic Tanlines

https://www.facebook.com/theatomictanlines?fref=ts

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Freda Rente and The Chemical X

https://www.facebook.com/FredaRente?fref=ts

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Kusikia

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kusikia/131239746965551

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Bleed The Pigs

http://bleedthepigs.bandcamp.com/

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Tamar Kali

https://www.facebook.com/Official.Tamarkali

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X-Ray Spex

https://www.facebook.com/pages/X-Ray-Spex/112286375450606

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Red C

http://www.dischord.com/band/red-c

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The Butchies

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Butchies/83135143330

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Planet Rawk

https://www.facebook.com/PlanetRAWK

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Sole Heiress

https://www.facebook.com/soleheiressband

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My Therapist Says Hot Damn

https://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Therapist-Says-Hot-Damn/243789262306652

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Cat Bear Tree

https://www.facebook.com/CatBearTreeBand

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Skinny Girl Diet

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Skinny-Girl-Diet/155342227835901

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The Tuts

https://www.facebook.com/thetuts

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Kimya Dawson

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kimya-Dawson/104045206297436

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Trash Kit

https://www.facebook.com/pages/TRASH-KIT/329766302806?ref=ts&fref=ts

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Mutley Chix

https://www.facebook.com/MutleyChix

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The Objex

https://www.facebook.com/objexlv

If you are black an play in a band feel free to hit us up here or on our http://www.facebook.com/slashemuppunx page let us know.

Eventually I will be back to tag this post. Hot damn!

My band is on this list and i have never been so honored

Tumblr did some weird things for me when I originally tagged this post up, which also affected my resource page – a lot of bands that should be on the resource page were left out. I can’t seem to add the missing tags to the original post, so this post reflects the bands that got left out of the original tagging. I am super OCD about tagging because of how important I feel the resource page is to this blog, and I don’t ever want to a band to be left off of it.

Also @thelearnedfangirl, which band were you in?

blackwomeninrock:

Everyone! @thetuts are releasing a new album this week! Access the new tunes and more exclusive updates from #TheTuts PledgeMusic page.  Do your part to support underground and independent artists, and be sure to spread the word!

Social: Tumblr (@thetuts) | Twitter | Facebook | Bandcamp

The Tuts – New Album Announcement

technicolourteacup:

thetuts:

BIG NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT!!!! OUR FIRST EVER ALBUM IS AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER!!!! After the success of our last 2 EP’s, battling sexism, racism we’ve somehow managed to keep on living the dream and make music! We are SELF RELEASING our BRAND NEW ALBUM and you can pre-order it exclusively through PLEDGE MUSIC, not only will you have access to our new album but also a load of EXCLUSIVE TO PLEDGE AMAZING SPECIAL THINGS like limited edition Vinyl, T-Shirts, SIGNED posters,Tuts jackets, scrapbooks, BUNDLES, BUNDLES, BUNDLES AND MUCH MUCH MORE! WATCH THE PLEDGE VIDEO, SCROLL through all the goodies available and follow us along our journey. Thank you for all your support! We are excited, scared and explodinggggggg with songs for you all. WE LOVE YOU ALL!!! xxxHead to pledge music NOW!!!!! http://smarturl.it/TheTuts

Squeeing so hard over this!

Everyone! @thetuts are releasing a new album this week! Access the new tunes and more exclusive updates from #TheTuts PledgeMusic page.  Do your part to support underground and independent artists, and be sure to spread the word!

Social: Tumblr (@thetuts) | Twitter | Facebook | Bandcamp

The Tuts

thetuts:

Last time we played Brighton was on tour with The Selecter, it was a crazy sold out show and we nearly got kicked out for being so ROWDYYYY!!! We’re coming back to BRIGHTON on the 23rd May so come down to our sweaty punk show!! More details in the event link: JOIN IT NOW!!! https://www.facebook.com/events/862493467140589/ #brighton #brightonpunk #punkshow #punk #girlband
Pic by Danny Simpson

Beverley Ishmael

thetuts:

EVERYBODY WISH OUR BEAUTIFUL @bevtut A HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! We are currently sitting down for a celebratory vegan dinner at Loving Hut! We don’t usually match our outfits on non-gig days but all accidentally dressed goth ??????

Black Girl Friday.

slashemup:

Black girls always been at forefront of rock n’ roll and punk. to all the black girls out here I hope this inspires you. NOTE This is alot of bands but its not every band. got any Suggestions send them to us at our email slashtheyassup@gmail.com or on facebook http://www.facebook.com/slashemuppunx Peace,

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MR. B. S.

  https://www.facebook.com/pages/MRB-S-trunk-rock-band/57075558173

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Anus Kings

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anus-Kings/193854984053047

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NighTrain

https://www.facebook.com/NighTraiNSeattle

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Sister Tyler

https://www.facebook.com/sistertyyler

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TV Tramps

https://www.facebook.com/TVTramps

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Vaginal Creme Davis

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vaginal-Davis/106159166081796?rf=110385405655669

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Dust Angel

https://www.facebook.com/DustAngelNYC

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Half Breed

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Half-Breed/370532413010081

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Omega Sirius Moon

https://www.facebook.com/OmegaMoon

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Stiffed (Santigold)

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stiffed/112267422121757

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Replica

https://www.facebook.com/replicareplica

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The Dummy Club

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Aye Nako

https://www.facebook.com/ayedontnako

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The Mighty Paradocs

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mighty-Paradocs/115554085164785

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3Jane

https://www.facebook.com/3janes

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The Breathing Light

https://www.facebook.com/Thebreathinglight

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Queen Crescent

https://www.facebook.com/QueenCrescent

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Negation

http://negationisaband.tumblr.com

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Honeychild Coleman

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Honeychild-Coleman/6424957932

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Shredding the Velvet

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Nastyfacts

http://www.kbdrecords.com/2006/09/16/nasty-facts-drive-my-car-ep-7/

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Bromance

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Tribe 8

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tribe_8

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Fire Party

http://www.dischord.com/band/fire-party

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The Atomic Tanlines

https://www.facebook.com/theatomictanlines?fref=ts

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Freda Rente and The Chemical X

https://www.facebook.com/FredaRente?fref=ts

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Kusikia

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kusikia/131239746965551

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Bleed The Pigs

http://bleedthepigs.bandcamp.com/

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Tamar Kali

https://www.facebook.com/Official.Tamarkali

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X-Ray Spex

https://www.facebook.com/pages/X-Ray-Spex/112286375450606

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Red C

http://www.dischord.com/band/red-c

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The Butchies

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Butchies/83135143330

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Planet Rawk

https://www.facebook.com/PlanetRAWK

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Sole Heiress

https://www.facebook.com/soleheiressband

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My Therapist Says Hot Damn

https://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Therapist-Says-Hot-Damn/243789262306652

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Cat Bear Tree

https://www.facebook.com/CatBearTreeBand

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Skinny Girl Diet

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Skinny-Girl-Diet/155342227835901

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The Tuts

https://www.facebook.com/thetuts

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Kimya Dawson

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kimya-Dawson/104045206297436

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Trash Kit

https://www.facebook.com/pages/TRASH-KIT/329766302806?ref=ts&fref=ts

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Mutley Chix

https://www.facebook.com/MutleyChix

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The Objex

https://www.facebook.com/objexlv

If you are black an play in a band feel free to hit us up here or on our http://www.facebook.com/slashemuppunx page let us know.

Eventually I will be back to tag this post. Hot damn!

The Tuts

thetuts:

EXCLUSIVE: We have brand new exclusive T-Shirts for our upcoming tour with The Selecter. We have specially made this new design and they will be SOLD ONLY ON TOUR available at our Merch stand for you lucky people coming to see us on our 22 date UK tour supporting The Selecter. T-Shirts are black only and sizes are from Small to XXL #tshirt #funfair #icallyouup #thetutstee #tee #merchandise #newmerch #grrrlgangtshirt #grrrlgang #girlband #eggheads #Tutstee