There’s gonna be some changes made when you get in tonight,
Cause I’m gonna teach you wrong from right,
With my big iron skillet in my hand.
Wanda Jackson first became famous in the 1950s as the “Queen Of Rockabilly”, so that makes her 1969 Top 20 country hit, “My Big Iron Skillet”—in which the narrator promises death, or at least mayhem, to her “great big man”—one of her more refined and “proper” songs….
Ida Cox’s “Wild Women Don’t Have The Blues” was a hit in 1924, and a foundational song for second-wave feminism after she re-recorded it in 1961 near the end of her long and varied career as “The Uncrowned Queen Of The Blues”.
What’s the best way to think about this (scratchy, tinny-sounding) old vaudeville song in 2016? How about this—no “Wild Women Don’t Have The Blues”, no Lemonade.
You never get nothing by being an angel child;
You better change your ways and get real wild;
I wanna tell you something, I wouldn’t tell you a lie;
Wild women are the only kind that really get by;
‘Cause wild women don’t worry, wild women don’t have their blues.
If you want to argue that Sheena Easton’s gold lame’ miniskirt undermines the feminist credibility of her 1984 hit, “Strut”, I won’t argue*.
But 1984 wasn’t exactly a peak cultural moment for the feminist movement in the US of A. Which makes Easton’s tight, slickly produced, irresistibly danceable evisceration of casual sexism “(“Baby, what’s wrong with you… It’s just a form of appreciation“) all the more remarkable.
*I will, however, point out the counterargument: it doesn’t matter what she wears; it’s still her body.