Girlschool, an all
female British band that formed in 1978, was not just another late 70's
new wave British metal band (punk metal, to b exact).
At the time of this writing, Girlschool was the longest running
all female rock bands in history. The name of the band was taken
from a Paul McCartney and the Wings song called "Mull of Kyntyre".
Prior to 1978, Girlschool started out as a band called
"Painted Lady". The band was formed by some South London school
friends. After a few changes in the line up, the members of
Girlschool initially stabilized. Over the years, the members of
the band have changed, with the only original remaining members being
Kim McAuliffe, Enid Williams and Denise Dufort. The band got their
big break after catching the attention of Lemmy from the band Motorhead,
who asked them to tour with Motorhead in 1979. Soon after a record
deal followed and Girlschool released the album, Demolition, in
1980. Collaboration with Motorhead did continue throughout the
life of Girlschool, and at the time of this writing, was still in full
Most people would probably agree that that their heyday
was the early 80's. Many early 80's rockers might remember this band for their
Hit and Run.
Girlschool had a huge UK following and toured with bands like Iron
Maiden, Hanoi Rocks, Nazareth, Deep Purple and the Scorpions.
Girlschool worked endlessly, touring and producing, and by 1983, the
band had succumbed to the more polished sound that US audiences were
familiar with, and the band's UK fan base started slipping away.
The subsequent US tour was more than the band could handle, and things
began to fracture. By the mid to late 1980's and early 1990's,
near bankrupt, the band attempted to go back to their earlier sound.
Regardless, like many bands, the Seattle grunge sound had settled in,
and the band no longer had the fire they once did.
By 1992, Girlschool had given up on the idea of huge
sales, but instead began producing their own music and creating a large
cult following. Since the, the band has remained extremely active,
playing many European metal reunion tours. At the time of this
writing, the Girlschool Discography was as follows:1980: Demolition
1981: Hit & Run
1982: Screaming Blue Murder
1983: Play Dirty
1985: Running Wild
1986: Nightmare at Maple Cross
1988: Take a Bite
2002: 21st Anniversary: Not That Innocent
2011: Hit and Run Revisted