Few will argue that during the Classic Rock era, things weren’t exactly a bowl of cherries for the ladies. Groupies were as disposable as paper towels. Thankfully, Rap and Hip-Hop came along to dethrone Rock as the kings of treating the Fairer Sex as garbage.
In no particular order, if for nothing than my own curiosity, which Classic Rock tune do you think is the most misogynist?
“I Just Want to Make Love to You” was written in 1954 by Vicksburg, Mississippi’s Willie Dixon. First recorded by legendary Bluesman Muddy Waters in the same year, this rocker to the-here-and-now was enshrined forever in Rock & Roll canon by the hard-driving English Blues-Rock band Foghat. It’s not hard to figure out why this song made the list;
I don’t want you to bake my bread
I don’t want you to make my bed
I don’t want you cause I’m sad and blue
I just want to make love to you
“Talk to Ya Later” by The Tubes. 1981’s album The Completion Backward Principle tells the sad tale of a one-night stand gone wrong. Apparently, the sappy sentimentality of songs like Todd Rundgren’s ode to breakups “Can We Still be Friends” is lost on The Tubes front man and songwriter, Fee Waybill;
I’m telling you now
Do you catch my drift?
What could be plainer than this?
Nothing more to be said
Write me a letter instead
I don’t mean to be cruel
But I’m finished with you
“Stupid Girl” by The Rolling Stones. From their 1966 album Aftermath, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards don’t monkey around… they come right out and say it;
Like a lady in waiting to a virgin queen
Look at that stupid girl
She bitches ’bout things that she’s never seen
Look at that stupid girl
It doesn’t matter if she dyes her hair
Or the color of the shoes she wears
She’s the worst thing in this world
Well, look at that stupid girl
“What’s Your Name“ by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Consider this tune the anti-Running on Empty. You Know… Jackson Browne whining about how bad things are on the road while raking in the millions. On the flip-side was Ronnie Van Zant and Gary Robert Rossington collaborating on 1977’s Street Survivors album in which they celebrate life on the road. Obviously, Van Zant and Rossington don’t even consider it a breech of protocol to forget you’re temporary girlfriend’s name;
Can I get you a taxi home
It sure was grand
When I come back here next year
I want to see you again
What was your name, little girl?
What’s your name?
“Stay With Me“ by Faces. It’s hard to believe that the album A Nod Is as Good as a Wink…To a Blind Horse will be half-a-century-old next year. Nonetheless, Rod Stewart and future Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood co-wrote this extra kick-ass ditty whose title sounds more like a beta male love song. Believe me, it isn’t;
So, in the mornin’, please don’t say you love me
‘Cause you know I’ll only kick you out the door
Yeah, I’ll pay your cab fare home, you can even use my best cologne
Just don’t be here in the mornin’ when I wake up, come on, honey
Stay with me, stay with me
‘Cause tonight you’re gonna stay with me
Sit down, get up, get out
“Mexican Blackbird“ by ZZ Top. A requirement for living in the suburbs in the 70s, “Fandango!” was the vehicle that the lil’ old band from Texas used to inform the world that if you were planning a trip to Coahuila, there’s a certain someone you certainly have to pay a call on;
They all call her her “puta” ’cause no one really knows her name
She works the cantina, dancin’ and a-lovin’s her trade
Her mama was Mez’can and her daddy was the ace of spades
“Under My Thumb” again, from The Rolling Stones’ Aftermath album. Is it just me, or do you think that Mick and Keith were just a tad bit more than controlling?;
The way she does just what she’s told down to me
The change has come
She’s under my thumb
Ah, ah, say it’s alright
“Stranglehold“ by Ted Nugent, from Sweaty Teddy’s eponymous 1975 album. Fun fact: Over eight minutes long, “Stranglehold” was not only recorded in one take, it was also rated by Guitar World as the #31 best guitar solo ever. It also proved that a song about crushing your girlfriend’s face could become a fan favorite.
You ran the night that you left me
You put me in my place
I got you in a stranglehold baby
That night I crushed your face