DOB: September 22, 1958
Resume: As a teenager, Jett founded the band the Runaways with Lita Ford. The Runaways opened for big acts like Cheap Trick, Van Halen and Tom Petty. The band broke up after 5 LPs when they couldn’t crack through in the
Best Album: Up Your Alley (1988)
Best Song: “I Love Rock n’ Roll” (1981)
Second Best Song: “I Wanna Be Your Dog” (1988)
Damn Neat Fact: She ran away from home at age 15 after she discovered her boyfriend was sleeping with her mother.
Damn Neat Fact #2: Jett claims Siouxsie Sioux as an inspiration.
Coolest Moment: Have you seen her performing Gary Glitter’s “Do you Wanna Touch Me?”
Ann & Nancy Wilson
Real Name: same
DOB: Ann – June 19, 1950; Nancy – March 16, 1954
Hometown: Ann –
Resume: Formed the band Heart with Steve Fossen and brothers Roger and Mike Fisher.
Best Album: Dreamboat Annie (1976)
Best Song: “Magic Man” (1976)
Second Best Song: “Barracuda” (1977)
Damn Neat Fact: After Heart’s debut album was released rumors circulated that Ann and Nancy were witches and the song “Magic Man” was about Satan seducing a baby.
Damn Neat Fact #2: A second rumor in 1977 had the sisters as lesbian lovers. Ann was so pissed off about the rumor that she wrote the lyrics to “Barracuda” about it.
Real Name: Shirley Ann Manson
DOB: August 26, 1966
Resume: She was the lead singer of Angelfish and then was recruited to become the lead singer and front person for Garbage.
Best Album: Version 2.0 (1998)
Best Song: “Push It” (1998)
Second Best Song: “Vow” (1995)
Damn Neat Fact: Her father was a scientist who was involved in cloning the first animal – a sheep named Dolly.
Damn Neat Fact #2: She was bullied as a child for having red hair and green eyes and used to cut herself as a result.
Coolest Moment: The video “Push It.”
DOB: July 1, 1945
Resume: Lead singer of the alternative band Blondie.
Best Album: Parallel Lines (1978)
Best Song: “
Second Best Song: “Rip Her to Shreds” (1976)
Damn Neat Fact: Harry was a Playboy bunny.
Damn Neat Fact #2: She starred in David Cronenberg’s bizarre 1983 cult movie “Videodrome.”
Coolest Moment: Becoming a punk icon in the 1970s.
Real Name: Kimberly Ann Deal
DOB: June 10, 1961
Resume: Bass player for the alt-rock band the Pixies and lead singer and guitarist for The Breeders.
Best Album: Doolittle by the Pixies (1989)
Best Song: “Cannonball” with the Breeders (1993)
Second Best Song: Debaser with the Pixies (1989)
Damn Neat Fact: Deal became the bass player for the Pixies after answering a newspaper add. She took on the stage name of Mrs. John Murphy.
Damn Neat Fact #2: She founded the Breeders with her twin sister Kelley.
Coolest Moment: One upping Pixies frontman Black Francis by releasing the Breeder’s album “Last Splash” and showing the world who the real talent on the Pixie’s was and remains.
Real Name: Christine Ellen Hynde
DOB: September 7, 1951
Resume: Lead singer and front person for the band The Pretenders.
Best Album: Learning to Crawl (1984)
Best Song: “Middle of the Road” (1984)
Second Best Song: “My City Was Gone” (1984)
Damn Neat Fact: She had a daughter with Ray Davies of the Kinks, but ended up marrying Jim Kerr of the Simple Minds.
Damn Neat Fact #2: Drunk and feeling horny, she groped Kim Deal after mistaking her as a man.
Coolest Moment: Allowing Rush Limbaugh to use her song “My City Was Gone” for his intro when he agreed to donate money to PETA. How’s that for irony?
Real Name: Christa Paffgen
DOB: October 16, 1938 (died July 18, 1988)
Resume: Singer for The Velvet Underground, but also a model and actress (and friend of Andy Warhol)
Best Album: The Velvet Underground and Nico (1967)
Best Song: “Sunday Morning” (1967)
Second Best Song: “Heroin” (1967)
Damn Neat Fact: Slept with Jim Morrison of the Doors, Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, Lou Reed of The Velvet Underground and Iggy Pop (among others).
Damn Neat Fact #2: Starred in Andy Warhol’s experimental film “Chelsea Girl.”
Coolest Moment: Recorded one of the most influential albums of all time in The Velvet Underground and Nico.
Real Name: Susan Janet Ballion
DOB: May 27, 1957
Resume: Lead singer of the band Siouxsie & the Banshees and of The Creatures.
Best Album: Tinderbox (1986)
Best Song: “Cities in Dust” (1986)
Second Best Song: “Peek-a-Boo” (1988)
Damn Neat Fact: Shirley Manson claimed Siouxsie as a major influence (along with Sinatra).
Damn Neat Fact #2: She was once punched in the face for wearing a swastika armband.
Coolest Moment: Becoming a major influence of bands like The Cure, Joan Jett & Blackhearts, Shirley Manson and Garbage and scores of other shoe gazer and Goth bands.
Real Name: Meghan Martha White
DOB: December 10, 1974
Resume: Drummer and back-up singer for the duo The White Stripes
Best Album: White Blood Cells (2001)
Best Song: “Fell in Love with a Girl” (2001)
Second Best Song: “Seven Nation Army” (2003)
Damn Neat Fact: Claimed to be the sister of her fellow White Stripes musician Jack White even though they were married.
Damn Neat Fact #2: She divorced Jack in 2000, but didn’t quit the band.
Coolest Moment: She was featured on “The Simpson’s” in an episode called “Jazzy and the Pussycats.”
Wendy O. Williams
Real Name: Wendy
DOB: May 28, 1949 (died April 6, 1998)
Resume: Lead singer of the punk band the Plasmatics.
Second Best Song: “Masterplan” (1981)
Damn Neat Fact: She was nominated for a Best Female Rock Vocal Grammy in 1985.
Damn Neat Fact #2: She liked to strip on stage and use chain saws to cut her guitars in half.
Coolest Moment: Arrested in
Real Name: Stephanie Lynn Nicks
DOB: May 26, 1948
Resume: Singer and songwriter with Fleetwood Mac, but also had a long solo career.
Best Album: The Wild Heart (1983)
Best Song: “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (1981)
Second Best Song: “Stand Back” (1983)
Damn Neat Fact: Persistent rumors that she is witch have been denied by Stevie several times.
Damn Neat Fact #2: Courtney Love counts Stevie as one of her influences.
Coolest Moment: Recorded one of the greatest rock albums ever with Fleetwood Mac – “Rumors” – in 1977.
Real Name: Courtney Michelle Harrison
DOB: July 9, 1964
Resume: Married to Kurt Cobain of Nirvana and lead singer of the alt-punk band Hole.
Best Album: Celebrity Skin (1998)
Best Song: “Doll Parts” (1994))
Second Best Song: Celebrity Skin” (1998)
Damn Neat Fact: Hole’s album “Live Through This” was released four days after the suicide of Cobain in 1994.
Damn Neat Fact #2: Once told Rolling Stone magazine that she needed to be saved.
Coolest Moment: Going topless in the 1996 film “The People vs. Larry Flynt.”