One thing that struck me using Napster: sooooo many songs are made with men crooning about specific women, moreso than women singing about specific men. Beatles easily have close to a half-dozen or so (Michelle, Lucy in the Sky, Elanor Rigby, etc.) as do pop singers like Michael Jackson (Billy Jean, Dirty Diana), jazz impressarios like Miles Davis (Stella by Starlight) and hip-hop artists like A Tribe Called Quest (Bonita Applebaum and even Eminem (Kim – easily the least flattering.)
In fact, Toni Basil (Mickey) is the only woman singer who sings about a guy I can think of, offhand. R&B female singers do a lot of general songs (My Guy, Whatta Man, Let’s Hear It For The Boy, Roughnecks, Thugs, Smooth Operators, etc.) but they rarely name names when it comes to lost loves or whatever. Even Erykah Badu doesn’t really sing about a Tyrone in Tyrone. (Well… maybe Lil’ Kim in How Many Licks)
Is there a commercial reason for this? Are lesbian singers like K.D. Lang any different? Or does all this fall into the vague realm of gender-based behavior?
If the latter’s the case, I apologize for not posting this in another forum.