For every mainstream testosterone-fueled rock group in the 1990s, there were girls who rivaled the boys. Nirvana's counterpart was Hole, Sublime was not unlike No Doubt, the Breeders were a spin on the Pixies and the Backstreet Boys competing with girl power concentrate, aka the Spice Girls.
The once male dominated rock 'n' roll scene was challenged by an uprising of women musicians, and the 1990s saw just what a women with a guitar and ideas could do.
Below are five rock goddesses who're still jamming their way into our hearts.
Shirley Manson of Garbage
Garbage is a special breed of slick '90s alt-rock and frontwoman Shirley Manson — yes, that's her birth name — is what we needed then and especially now. Manson can sing, talk and belt out angsty lyrics without sounding like a Hot Topic-dwellers diary and, most importantly, Garbage can do whatever they want without being labeled as sell-outs. There's no other edgy band that can perform the James Bond theme song in the height of their success, or have Manson as a playable character in Guitar Hero 5 (the same game where Kurt Cobain was also a playable character who "rocked" out to Bon Jovi) without batting an eyelash. While they're still releasing new albums and consistently touring, their 1995 debut Garbage will always be a landmark accomplishment, not just because it featured a fierce female singer, but as an example of how to craft a damn good rock/pop song.
Check out Garbage when they rock the Majestic Theatre September 11 at 7pm on their Strange Little Birds Tour. Tickets can be found here and the prices range from $39.50 - $49.50.