Part of the problem is mission creep. Allison Krause: NOT a CWAG. Plus, she doesn't suck. Patti Smith: Sometimes a CWAG, but her essence is really electric, isn't it? 2 names were not really requests for exemptions, but suggested as examples of liminality, CWAGWITUSBSAN (CWAG-who inhabit-the-uneasy-space-between-suckiness-and-nonsuckiness): Iris Dement: nonsuckiness: good debut, totally doesn’t take herself seriously; suckiness: one good song since debut and I forget what it is Tish Hinojosa: nonsuckiness: mex-tex, saw her at the same concert as Michelle Shocked and she was definitely better than that; suckiness: lapses into 60’s coffeehouse mode too much. Others Melissa Auf Der Mer: Sucks, if only because of her stupid name Dixie Chicks: stupid name X 3, they suck Patty Loveless: good name, some good stuff, a CWAGWITUSBSAN Emmylou Harris: solid, gold-plated nonsucky CWAG Janis Ian: At Seventeen-good, Society’s Child-uh, okay given the era; that whole bandwagon lesbian thing? Sucks Aimee Mann: not enough data, but the name is borderline (parents probably named her after Aimee Semple Mcpherson, which means they were weirdos or drips, which means…) Dido: um…too easy Tracy Chapman: some of her stuff is downright boring, but “Fast Car” makes her an untouchable: free pass to nonsucky status Kelly Willis: not enough data Ani Difranco: pisses too many people off to suck, she must be doing something right Joni Mitchell: like Allison Krauss, doesn’t really fit the category. Joan Baez: helped establish the CWAG type, sounds like she sings with her eyes squeezed shut, engages in Cause Hopping, warbles, doesn’t write her own stuff…in a word, sucks. Might be the MOACWAGWS.