Female Musicians Never Get Laid

How’s that for a headline?  It’s the title of a store in Nerve featuring Los Campesinos! bass player, the very fetching Ellen Los Campesinos.

Neko Case recently claimed via Twitter that “Ladies in bands don’t get ANY action,” and as a female musician with a frustrated libido, I can sympathize. I’ve been playing bass in a touring band for five years, and I’ve had intimate relations on the road four times. (I class intimate relations as third-base-plus, but even if I counted kissing and over-the-clothes fumbling, it would still be a pretty low number.) I’m lucky enough to be in a job where I get to tour the world and meet interesting people, but in my experience, musicians —especially females — get a lot less then you’d imagine.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m no Marianne Faithfull, and in my old age, I no longer view meaningless sex with the enthusiasm I once did. But I still love flirting, a good kiss, and a dramatic drunken connection, followed by a swift exit. And with the 350-plus gigs we’ve played, I’ve had the potential to connect with many attractive men, at least in theory. But in practice, it’s not as simple as clicking your fingers and summoning some amorous fan to your backstage tiger-printed love dungeon.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “Female Musicians Never Get Laid

  • November 16, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    If Neko Case wants some action, I can give her my number next time she plays in Calgary.

  • November 18, 2011 at 3:31 am

    Women fantasize about being a female musicians friend. Whereas women want to jump a male musicians bones.


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