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Thursday, 12 February 2015

Alphabet Beats #043: G is for...Girlschool

G is for...

Girlschool are a British heavy metal band originating out of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal scene in 1978 and frequently associated with contemporaries Motörhead. They are the longest running all-female rock band, still active after more than 35 years. Formed from a school band called Painted Lady, Girlschool enjoyed strong media exposure and commercial success in the UK in the early 1980s with three albums of 'punk-tinged metal' and a few singles, but rapidly lost their momentum in the following years.

In the 1990s and 2000s, they concentrated their efforts on live shows and tours, reducing considerably the production of studio albums. During their long career, Girlschool travelled all over the world, playing in many rock and metal festivals and co-headlining with or supporting some of the most important hard rock and heavy metal bands. They maintain a worldwide cult following and are considered an inspiration for many succeeding female rock musicians. Despite frequent changes of line-up, original members Kim McAuliffe, Enid Williams and Denise Dufort are still in the band to this day. The only original member no longer in the band, lead guitarist and singer Kelly Johnson, died of cancer in 2007.

I can recall first seeing Girlschool live supporting of all people Sham 69 at the Harlsden Roxy way back in 1978. I would never have guessed then that all these years later they would still be up and at 'em.

Click on the links to enjoy the rather Loud Music from Girlschool!

Live at The Camden Palace
7th December 1984

The Current Line-Up Girlschool

Live at Festival de Rock Feminino
Brazil 2011

The Albums
*Some links are just to a song or songs from the album as a full album link unavailable.
    Demolition (1980)
    Hit and Run (1981)
    Screaming Blue Murder (1982)
    Play Dirty (1983)
    Running Wild (1985)
    Nightmare at Maple Cross (1986)
    Take a Bite (1988)*
    Girlschool (1992)*
    21st Anniversary: Not That Innocent (2002)*
The Very Best of Girlschool (2002)
    Believe (2004)*

    Legacy (2008)

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