Live In Glasgow 1982 By Girlschool

December 27, 2015

Caroline no sweden

Girlschool was and is your basic hard rock/heavy metal band. The fact that the members were all female made them unique almost 40 years ago.

Formed in 1975 as Painted Lady, by 1978 they had morphed into Girlschool. In 1982 original members guitar/vocalist Kim McAuliffe, guitarist/vocalist Kelly Johnson, drummer Denise Dufort, and newest member bassist Gil Weston, who had just replaced Enid Williams, were touring in support of their third studio album Screaming Blue Murder. They took the stage at the Apollo Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland, May 6, 1982, and the tape was running.

Girlschool in the studio and especially live in concert is a kick-butt, in your face, no nonsense band with attitude. This definition was on display at their 1982 concert in Glasgow. Songs such as “Race With The Devil,” “Hit And Run,” “When Your Blood Runs Cold,” and “Screaming Blue Murder,” as the titles suggest, are not for the faint of heart. Early in their career they were an opening act for Motorhead, which is the ultimate training ground for a heavy metal band.

Unlike many other hard rocking female bands, it quickly becomes apparent that the music is at the center of band’s persona and you quickly forget about the male vs. female split that many times exists in rock and especially heavy metal music.

The sound is more than adequate for a concert recorded 33 years ago. Each of the musicians is distinct and there is a good mix with the crowd noise.

Girlschool is still on the road today. Original bassist Williams returned to the line-up after a few years and along with Dufort and McAuliffe form ¾ of the original group. Johnson passed away from cancer in 2007.

If you are a fan of hard rock then Glasgow 1982 will be a diamond in the rough for your music collection.

Hit and Run by Girlschool

March 5, 2012

Girlschool is a rare all-female heavy metal band that, despite never having attained superstar status, has produced good music for over three decades. Lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Kim McAuliffe and bassist Enid Williams formed the British band in 1978, soon adding lead guitarist Kelly Johnson and drummer Denise Dufort. Johnson passed away from spinal cancer in 2007 and has been replaced by Jackie Chambers.

They reached their commercial peak in the early ’80s with a string of successful albums in their home country, proving they could hang with the best male metal bands of the era. Their aggressive brand of in-your-face, pulse-pounding rock was emblematic of ’80s metal. On the other hand, it also had melodies that made Girlschool’s sound more accessible than many of their contemporaries.

Their sales and commercial appeal declined in the mid-to-late ’80s but the band has remained active in the studio and on the road down to the present day. At times they’ve expanded to a five-member unit but now their basic four-person configuration has returned to re-record the band’s most successful and arguably most creative album, 1981’s Hit and Run.

They wisely do not attempt to reinvent the wheel but rather make it just a little heavier. The sound is not as raw as on the original but it contains a fair degree of finesse. McAuliffe’s rhythm guitar is a little more prominent. It all adds up to a being a modernized version of this classic album rather than a complete overhaul.

The intensity and sledgehammer power of the music is still present. “C’mon Let’s Go” is a frenetic invitation to a mosh pit. “I’m Your Victim” is a prime example of ’80s high-speed metal. ZZ Top’s hard-rock classic “Tush” gets revved up into a heavy-metal classic. And such tracks as “Yeah Right,” “Hit and Run,” and “Future Flash” deliver a smooth ride through the collective mind and music of Girlschool.

This is not music for candlelight and wine, but rather for Jack Daniels and headphones. If you are into heavy metal and have yet to get into Girlschool, then Hit and Run will be a treat.

Read more: first published as Music Review: Girlschool – Hit and Run – Revisited on Blogcritics.