Kate Nash, "Foundations"
Growing up, this song was my anthem. It’s all about standing up for yourself when someone is taking advantage of you and knowing your self worth. I would blast this song whenever I was going through a hard time or needed a pick me up. It’s so crazy that I can now call Kate my friend. 13-year-old me would be beside herself.
Nicki Minaj feat. Beyoncé, "Feeling Myself"
As a woman, there are all these expectations to be kind, polite, agreeable -- and if you are ever outspoken or strong-willed there is always this fear of backlash. I remember watching a speech where Nicki said, "For all the women here, stop feeling like you shouldn't speak your mind cause somebody's gonna call you a bitch. Speak your motherf--king mind." I thought, “yes!”’ She is so bold, fearless, confident, and just completely herself.
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)"
I think Joan Jett is a huge inspiration and role model for Justine. Her hair cut was completely inspired by Joan Jett. The song is about the need to be touched, wanted, appreciated, and seen. Justine is this badass punk rocker who doesn't take shit and marches to the beat of her own drum -- but also, behind the black eyeliner and tough girl exterior just deeply wants to be loved and accepted. I feel like this is a song that Justine would be blasting on her walkman.
Kimmy Gatewood (Stacey "Ethel Rosenblatt" Beswick)
Alanis Morissette, "You Oughta Know"
This used to play on loop when hanging out with my fellow theater nerds. I don't think I understood all of the messaging behind it at the time, but it made me feel better when I was heartbroken.
Loretta Lynn, "The Pill"
I mean, holy crap -- a song about birth control?! Yes, Loretta! If you think about when this song was written, it's kind of unbelievable. It tells women they have a choice and I think that's direly important, even today.
Mötley Crüe, "Looks That Kill"
I imagine Stacey blasting this song and sweeping up hair in the salon. And, like most girls at the time, Stacey thought Vince Neil was singing it directly to her, and will play it walking down the aisle on their wedding day. Also, Dawn and Stacey have pretty killer looks.