Favorite Female Lyricists #5 - Patti Smith
March 28, 2017 8:58pm CST
We are midway through my Favorite Female Lyricists series. The #5 spot belongs to Patti Smith. Also a poet, visual artist, and author, Patti Smith was part of New York's CBGB punk scene that produced Blondie, Ramones, and Talking Heads (in fact, she originally viewed punk as a means to get her poetry out there. And, she was the final performer to play CBGB before it closed it's doors forever.) Smith is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has won the Polar Music Award, and her memoir, Just Kids, won the National Book Award. Patti Smith has been a prolific songwriter since the 1970's. Her biggest hit, "Because the Night," was co-written with Bruce Springsteen, and she penned or co-wrote many a tune for Blue Oyster Cult, including "Shooting Shark," and "The Revenge of Vera Gemini," and co-wrote R.E.M.'s "The E-Bow Song." Smith interspersed her own poetry into her cover of Them's "Gloria," and there are at least 18 covers of her song "Dancing Barefoot," notably by The Mission, U2, Pearl Jam, and Simple Minds (and I've seen The Church perform it live.) Her debut album, Horses, is a classic, one I went and bought after the first time I heard it. I've been pretty loyal ever since. The Blue Oyster Cult connection doesn't hurt, either! (Info verified by Wikipedia)
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• Banks, Oregon
31 Mar 17
@teamfreak16 I feel like people make to much fuss over curse words, i would much rather have a warning label or something in my post that says this may include strong language or adult content, i mean kids should not be on this site right?