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Album: ''Demolition'' (1980)
1. Demolition Boys
2. Not For Sale
3. Race With The Devil
4. Take It All The Way
5. Nothing To Lose
6. Breakdown
7. Midnight Ride
8. Emergency
9. Baby Doll
10. Deadline


Album: ''Emergency'' (1980 Single)
1. Emergency
2. Furniture Fire

Race With The Devil

Album: ''Race With The Devil'' (1980 Single)
1. Race With The Devil
2. Take It All Away

Hit And Run

Album: ''Hit And Run'' (1981)
1. C'mon Let's Go
2. The Hunter
3. Victim
4. Kick It Down
5. Following The Crowd
6. Tush
7. Hit And Run
8. Watch Your Step
9. Back To Start
10. Yeah Right
11. Future Flash

Screaming Blue Murder

Album: ''Screaming Blue Murder'' (1982)
1. Screaming Blue Murder
2. Live With Me
3. Take It From Me
4. Wildlife
5. It Turns Your Head Around
6. Don't Call It Love
7. Hell Razor
8. When Your Blood Runs Cold
9. You Got Me
10. Flesh And Blood

Running Wild

Album: ''Running Wild'' (1985)
1. Let Me Go
2. Running Wild
3. Do You Love Me? (KISS Cover)
4. Something For Nothing
5. Are You Ready?
6. Nowhere To Run
7. I Want You Back
8. Nasty Nasty
9. Love Is A Lie
10. Can't You See


Album: ''Believe'' (2004)
1. Come On Up
2. Let's Get Hard
3. Crazy
4. We All Love To (Rock 'n' Roll)
5. Secret
6. New Beginning
7. C'mon
8. Never say Never
9. You Say
10. Feel Good
11. Hold On Tight
12. Yes Means Yes
13. We All Have To Choose
14. Play Around
15. Passion



Girlschool were one of the first all-female outfits to emerge in the male-dominated world of heavy metal/hard rock, helping to pave the way for similar groups of the future. Originally formed in South London during 1977 by bassist Enid Williams and vocalist/guitarist Kim McAuliffe (along with a few other members), the group was first known as Painted Lady. Eventually the pair came across permanent members Kelly Johnson (guitar, vocals) and Denise Dufort (drums), and switched their name to Girlschool by 1978. With England just about to be swept up by a massive heavy metal movement (known as the New Wave of British Heavy Metal), Girlschool picked a perfect time to issue a debut single, "Take It All Away," which caught the attention of Motörhead manager Doug Smith, who in turn signed on as Girlschool's manager. After supporting both Motörhead and Budgie on tour, Girlschool landed a recording contract with Bronze Records (who at the time was the home to such notable metal acts as Motörhead, Uriah Heep, and Juicy Lucy).

The quartet's 1980 debut, Demolition, reached the U.K. Top 30, but was surprisingly not issued in the U.S. (despite spawning four popular singles back home: "Emergency," "Nothing To Lose," "Yeah Right," and "Race With the Devil"). Girlschool's sophomore effort, 1981's Hit & Run, proved to be even more successful, peaking at number five on the British album charts, while a collaboration with their pals in Motörhead, an EP called The St. Valentines Day Massacre, hit number five on the British singles charts (due in part to the irresistibly raucous track, "Please Don't Touch"). Hit & Run would also turn out to be the first Girlschool album issued stateside, albeit with a different track listing than the original U.K. version (the U.S. version was more or less a compilation of both of their albums). 1982's Screaming Blue Murder and 1983's Play Dirty both failed to perform as impressively on the U.K. charts as their predecessors did, the latter of which contained a more commercial sound and was produced by Slade members Noddy Holder and Jim Lea.

But it was also around this time that lineup changes began to plague the group, starting off when Johnson left the group following the release of Play Dirty. Further albums were issued (such as 1985's Running Wild, 1986's Nightmare at Maple Cross, and 1988's Take a Bite), but Girlschool was never able to replicate their early success, leading to their breakup shortly after the release of Take a Bite. In the wake of Girlschool's initial split, McAuliffe teamed up with punk singers Beki Bondage and Toyah Willcox, worked on the U.K. cable television show Raw Power, and in 1991 toured with former bandmates Dufort and Williams under the name Strange Girls. Throughout the '90s, Girlschool would reunite sporadically for tours and albums (including 1992's self-titled release and 1995's Live), while several compilations were issued, including 1995's double-disc best-of set The Collection and 1997's The King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents In Concert (the latter featuring a show recorded on January 12, 1984, in Nashville, TN).

Traditional Heavy Metal, NWOBHM

United Kingdom (London), formed in 1978

King Biscuit


Kim McAuliffe - Vocals, Guitar (1978-)
Enid Williams - Bass, Vocals (1978-1982), (2000-)
Jackie Chambers - Lead Guitar (2000-)
Denise Dufort - Drums (1978-)

Gil Weston Jones - bass (1982-1987)
Tracey Lamb - bass (1987-1991), (1992-2000) (Rock Goddess)
Jackie Carrera - bass (1992)

Kelly Johnson - guitars (1978-1983) ,(1993-2000) (20th June 1958 - R.I.P. July 15th 2007 - Cancer of the Spine)
Christine Bonacci - guitars (1983-1992) (ex-Sweet Jayne)

Jackie Bodimead - vocals, keyboard (1983-1986) on "Running wild"


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