I have this weakness for female musicians. It started in my formative years, when I fell in love with the Shirelles on oldies radio. It continued as I explored other 50s and 60s girl groups, The Pretenders, Siouxsie, Poly Styrene, etc. In general, I think women in rock music are severely underrepresented and frequently appreciated for the wrong reasons.
So you’ll have to forgive my hypocrisy in saying this, but I am currently obsessed with M.I.A. and The Pipettes. Their music is good (especially M.I.A. – that new album is killing me), but ultimately they just look so damn good.
(Nylon, August 2007)
It’s refreshing to see ladies who aren’t white, or who aren’t stick thin, holding a point of view in fashion. Can I help it that I’m inspired by their music and their looks?