Glasgow 1982


Cleopatra Records, 2015

REVIEW BY: David Bowling


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 guitarist/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 my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250 Screaming Blue Murder. They took the stage at the Apollo Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland, May 6, 1982, with the tape running.

Girlschool in the studio and especially live in concert is a kick-butt, in-your-face, hard-rocking band with attitude, all of which 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 hard rock band.

Unlike some 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 gender 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 after a few years and along with Dufort and McAuliffe keeps three-quarters of the original line-up on stage. (Johnson passed away from cancer in 2007.)

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

Rating: B

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