The Horror Honeys: Riot and Rock ~ A Revenge Honey WiHM Playlist!

Riot and Rock ~ A Revenge Honey WiHM Playlist!

A Revenge Honey DJ-ed Mini-Playlist to Celebrate Women in Horror Month!

Here at the Honeys, every month is Women in Horror Month. Because we spend every day living and breathing horror films, sometimes we like to find different avenues to focus on the achievements of women in the industry. For me, I like to combat the flux of Internet posts about "bitter female revenge songs" by sharing my favorite alternative rock revenge anthems by powerful women. The following are just a few of few of my favorite revenge songs from female artists, and they are anything but "bitter." If you like what you hear, head over to The Horror Honeys and check out our Spotify playlist, where you can listen to all of our Honey Jams!

Stabby #5 - Regina Spektor - "Apres Moi"
Sample Lyric:
I must go on standing
You can't break that which isn't yours
I, oh, must go on standing
I'm not my own, it's not my choice
Apres moi, le deluge
After me comes the flood

Regina Spektor is one of the most remarkable song-writers working right now, combining influences from poetry, literature, and her multi-cultural background into fantastically memorable pieces. Everything she writes is wonderful, but "Apr├ęs moi" is by far one of her most dark and poignant. In any language, this is a song to listen to the next time you're feeling stabby.

Stabby #4: Esthero - "Wikked Lil' Grrrls"
Sample Lyric:
Hey girls, I'm back again, that vixen no bell and that Bride of Frank
Bend the rules, headline "bad news,” it's the Sisters of Salem
They on the loose
Shakin' her caboose like Dottie 
Octopussy like a James Bond hottie
Smokin' like a Cuban, with a whiff like a rumor, better know what you're doing
Or get kicked out right away, gonna hide away
I'd advise you not to play with those

Canadian jazz-fusion artist Esthero creates music as if a Jazz Age pixie were tossed in a blender with Missy Elliot. She writes beautiful ballads and adorable loves, but Esthero is never better than with "Wikked Little Grrrls," a rap-ish riot grrrl anthem for the 20s girl in all of us. There is no better song to get psyched up to before you go out and act rude to boys.

Stabby #3: Sleater-Kinney - "Hollywood Ending"
Sample Lyric:
When the lights are shining
Will you see my skin
Or just the shell that
I'm packaged in?
I've held my tongue
And I've hid my sores.
If I'm less of myself
Will you love me more?

Have you ever felt like someone loved you for all the wrong reasons? Well, the ladies from Sleater-Kinney know your feels, and they think that person should suck pavement. So this is the revenge song for you if you are dating someone you hate and you kind of want to shoot them in the face. Because who hasn't been THERE before, amitright? Hello? Uh... anyway.

Stabby #2: Fiona Apple - "Carrion"
Sample Lyric:
My feel for you, boy
Is decaying in front of me
Like the carrion
Of a murdered prey
And all I want is
To save you, honey
You can't intimidate me
Back into your arms

If you were any kind of alt-rock girl, Fiona Apple was your spirit animal (probably even more so than Alanis, though you were often engaged in a first-world-problems version of Sophie's Choice deciding who you liked better). Fiona wrote a treasure trove of songs perfect for any stabby situation, but "Carrion" is a song that every stress-soaked alt-girl should have in her arsenal. 

Stabby #1: Emilie Autumn - "Time for Tea"
Sample Lyric:
One day that little girl may find a filthy metal spike
And drive it right in the middle of your forehead
For she and her friends, this is very, very good
But for you the game is over – this is revolution!

If you thought you were going to get a mini-playlist from your Revenge Honey that WASN'T going to end in an Emilie Autumn song, then you obviously don't know me that well. Emilie's music is loaded with songs about revenge: revenge against the patriarchy, revenge against the medical establishment, revenge against society in general. And "Time for Tea" is as epic as it gets. Having an angry, stabby, "fuck all y'all" kind of day? This is the song for you.

It's never too late to be a Riot Grrrl, kids!
So let's rock our way through the rest of Women in Horror Month!