12/06/2012 10:34 am ET

Female-Fronted Bands From The '90s (That We Should Still Be Listening To)

My boyfriend, Ian, told me a story a couple weeks ago that made me really sad. He works in a clothing store and it had been really busy with back-to-school shopping and stuff. He was ringing people up non-stop for a couple hours when a teenage boy (he guesstimated between 14-17) dropped a pile of clothes on the counter. Ian proceeded to look at the stuff and ring it up. He said something to the effect of, “Your clothes look like they came from Kurt Cobain’s closet.” At this point, I could totally picture the clothes in my head. The teenager, on the other hand, looked at him blankly and said, “Who?”

I thought, “Steven, you need to do something about this.” So I played some Nirvana for my children. They needed to be educated early. After playing Nirvana, I asked them who their favorite bands or singers were and my youngest (age: 7) immediately said, “Katy Perry and The Wanted.” My mouth went dry. I didn’t say anything because I like Katy Perry too, but … favorite? My 8 year-old told me he was thinking and needed to “think about it some more.” This is when I knew I needed to expose them to more than just what’s on popular radio. Capitalizing on the fact that both of my boys like Katy Perry, I decided to put together a mix of some of my favorite and most important female-fronted bands from the ’90s. These bands, like Kurt Cobain, should not be forgotten and should be listened to often.

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