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For my first true curated playlist, I wanted to go with a theme that reminded me of not only my adolescence but some emotions I’ve had well into my short time in adulthood – scorn. I remembered the episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation, when Ashley found out that her boyfriend Craig cheated on her, so she formed a band with her friends and sang an angry ode to him, directly to his face in the school auditorium. Their band name? “Hell Hath No Fury,” as in, “Hell Hath No Fury like a Woman Scorned,” maybe one of the truer idioms in the English language.
All the artists you’ll hear on this playlist are doing just that – telling those who’ve wronged them, directly to their face, what they’ve done. Lesley Gore, in what was a groundbreaking theme at the time, told the world that she was going to do whatever she wanted to do. The Dixie Chicks sing of two best friends who band together to get justice against one of their abusers. Alanis Morissette tells her ex-lover exactly what he ought to know. And most recently, Björk tells her ex-husband on “Sue Me” that she’d rather do anything than loser custody of her daughter. But no matter the theme, these angry odes can do so much to empower us, as these women all spoke their minds even when they were at their lowest points.