Artist Of The Day: Sinead O'Connor

posted by Shane German on 10/03/2018

Wednesday October 3rd:  SINEAD O’CONNOR

Sinéad O'Connor ranked among the most distinctive and controversial pop music stars of the alternative era. 

Brash and outspoken -- her shaved head, angry visage, and shapeless wardrobe a direct challenge to popular culture's long-prevailing notions of femininity and sexuality -- O'Connor irrevocably altered the image of women in rock; railing against long-standing stereotypes simply by asserting herself not as a sex object, but as a serious artist. 

Sinead O’Connor rose to fame in the late 1980s with her debut album The Lion and the Cobra  and achieved worldwide success in 1990 with a new arrangement of Prince's song "Nothing Compares 2 U" and the album I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got.

On October 3, 1992, O'Connor appeared on Saturday Night Live as a musical guest. She sang an a cappella version of Bob Marley’s "War", intended as a protest against sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.  O'Connor ended her performance by ripping up a photo of Pope John Paul II, resulting in a wave of condemnation unlike any she'd previously encountered.

A frequent collaborator with other acts, she has recorded with a diverse roster of artists such as Peter Gabriel, Massive Attack, Jah Wobble, Asian Dub Foundation, Terry Hall, Moby, Bomb The Bass, U2, Mary J Blige, Ian Brown, Sly & Robbie, and MC Lyte.

A prolific recording artist, her 10 studio albums span a wide range of musical styles from traditional Celtic to Reggae.  Wikipedia

 

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