By weirdestband In Band of the Week 15 Comments We get a lot of submissions from bands that like to perform in various states of undress, up to and including full genital exposure. So the fact that a band like Rockbitch ever existed is a fairly remarkable thing. Rockbitch was a British hard rock group that emerged from the ashes of another band called Red Abyss. From the start, Red Abyss embodied many of the same principles that later came to characterize Rockbitch: It was female fronted though the drummer, and occasionally other members of the revolving lineup, were men , communal and sex-positive.
Eventually, the women of Red Abyss had had enough. Many of the band members performed naked, or nearly so. Including, we must admit, us. None of this was done for shock value, at least not primarily. And hard rock seemed like the perfect vehicle for doing so. Perhaps not surprisingly, the authorities tended to lose their shit over Rockbitch.
The band was banned from performing at many venues, and their music and album artwork was heavily censored in many countries. A second album, Psychic Attack, was never officially released but has been widely bootlegged and can be found on various torrent sites.
But that group soon disbanded, as well. Amanda Smith-Skinner and Jo Heeley later teamed up with singer-songwriter Erin Bennett to form another all-female band called Syren , but tragically, that group dissolved after Heeley died of breast cancer in A bunch of men doing the same thing would be met nowadays with a collective shrug.
To add them to our compendium of extreme music felt like yet another example of the very double standard in music that Rockbitch railed against.
But as well researched the band further while our wives were at work , we decided that regardless of their gender, Rockbitch were truly unique. No other band in history, male, female or coed, ever randomized the groupie selection process as radically as Rockbitch did with their Golden Condom, or made oral sex and vaginal penetration such a routine part of their stage show. And as powerful, liberated women, they made that sex a political act.
A Rockbitch show was a rock concert, neopagan ritual and radical feminist performance-art piece all in one. And lots of people got laid.