Let's Hear It for the Ladies of Houston Punk
"We wanted a way to express that angst by writing our own lyrics and music, not performing cover versions of what others wrote. The result was music that was not the typical punk rock of the day," continues Younger. "The title of our EP describes our approach: Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick."
Later, as hardcore began to channel punk into the narrower straits of the hard-tough-fast amalgam, some women did tend to steer away from the mosh-pit mentalities while others embraced anything-goes noise, melodic punk-pop, psychedelic, metallic grunge, and post-hardcore throughout the diverse 1980s and '90s, like Rusted Shut, de Schmog, Pain Teens, Stinkerbell, Manhole, and Sad Pygmy.
Uber-fans like Kathy Kowgirl seemed to straddle every era: she walked the crooked path from the Big Boys and Hickoids to White Zombie, always the epitome of urban cool.
Come back for Part 2 Thursday.
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