• 08.30.16

Least Creative Thing Of The Day: This Record Store’s “Female” Music Bin

Musician Kate Nash tweeted her displeasure with this record store’s unenlightened system of categorization.

The music of Florence and The Machine is difficult to categorize. It is ethereal yet grounded in familiar textures. It’s indie-sounding, but the band belongs to a major label. Some have described as “chamber pop,” which: fine. One music store in London has a decidedly less nuanced way of defining Florence And The Machine’s multi-layered sound: it’s the surprisingly eclectic genre of music known as Female.


Recording artist Kate Nash noticed a certain section of a record shop devoted to Females of All Descriptions. Florence And The Machine apparently belongs here, along with Adele, Beyonce, and perhaps, considering the breadth of the category, non-musicians such as Betsy Ross, Joan of Arc, and perhaps Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. What a crowded category! Alphabetizing must be a real pain. A smart solution to this problem might be to acknowledge women as people, rather than a style of music, and keep it moving. Just a thought.

[via Mashable]

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About the author

Joe Berkowitz is a writer and staff editor at Fast Company. His next book, Away with Words, is available June 13th from Harper Perennial.