It’s been a while, I know, since we’ve had a music post around here. (Enormous cheers from broad masses.) But, what with the fascinating discussion around the SWP’s perspectives debate and faction fight, traffic on this blog has been ridiculously brisk. And the ideal remedy for that is a music post, especially one relating to a band that was last in the charts before some of you were born.
And so, in a blatant steal from WorldbyStorm’s regular weekend feature, I invite you to cast your minds back to 1982 or thereabouts, and reacquaint yourselves with Girlschool. I must admit, I still greatly enjoy Girlschool. It’s not just that they knock most of today’s bands into a cocked hat. They were a breath of fresh air at the time, a group of young women who played their own instruments, wrote most of their own material, who weren’t just a bunch of pin-ups but who just flat out rocked. Here’s a representative performance from the early 1980s:
Of course, many of you will remember Girlschool, if at all, via their frequent collaborations with Motörhead, mostly as a support act on the road – something they still do – but also on the St Valentine’s Day Massacre EP. The highlight of this was a joint cover of the old Johnny Kidd and the Pirates standard “Please Don’t Touch”, which you can see below:
Not, I hasten to add, that they were simply a distaff version of Lemmy and the gang. Going back to their roots as Painted Lady in the 1970s, they had a strong glam rock influence and proved to be dab hands at glam covers. Here’s a take on T Rex:
And a somewhat later interpretation of the Sweet:
An entertaining live act, too. Here’s a performance from 1984:
And a more recent one, with the current lineup:
And, to finish things off, here’s the classic lineup, featuring the late Kelly Johnson, playing one of their old favourites, the Gun classic “Race With The Devil”. A guaranteed crowd-pleaser for nearly thirty years.