We’ve got punk on the brain this week, so we thought it was time to revisit and pay homage to some of our favorite women in punk (such as Blondie front woman miss Debbie Harry, above, who’s still hot-as-hell at 67) and some who, even though they may not have been at the heart of the movement, still embody the punk ethos.
Topping the list is Vivienne Westwood, whose riffs on bondage and fetish gear gave a generation of punks their uniform. Though Bryan and Bo lamented that Westwood wasn’t given her proper due at the Met Ball, her designs are an integral part of the PUNK: Chaos to Couture exhibition.
Babes in Toyland was an all-female punk band from Minneapolis who pre-dated grunge and Courtney Love (Love was their bassist for a bit, and then they kicked her out). Founder Kat Bjelland once told Soul Asylum frontman Dave Pirner that she didn’t have a band yet, but when she did, it was gonna kick his band’s ass. How punk rock is that? Very.
Joan Jett. Bad-ass. ‘Nuff said.
The Cramps, fronted by the husband and wife duo of Lux Interior and Poison Ivy, were instrumental in the scene that sprang up in New York around CBGB’s and had their biggest hit with the awesomely-titled song “Bikini Girls with Machine Guns.”
If you ever needed a role model for how to live your entire life and not just your reckless youth, Kim Gordon is it.
Oh, Courtney. Though role model you are not, we will always love you.