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CULT STATUS WELL DESERVED
on 30 April 2011
If one wondered what the 'love child' would be like emanating from a coupling of Motorhead and The Runaways, you would need to look no further than 'Girlschool' the British punk-metal hard rock band originating out of the New Wave scene in 1978. The Runaways genes can be witnessed by the similarity in looks between Joan Jett and Girlschool guitar player Kim McAuliffe. They are the longest running all-female rock band, still active after 33 years.
'The Collection' is a two disc compilation covering the Girlschool career from 1979 - 1988, featuring all of the group's singles and many of their best album tracks, with their first two albums (Demolition & Hit And Run) being the most heavily represented.There's also some rare material including B-sides, covers, live-tracks, and collaborations with Motorhead and Gary Glitter. Throughout the album they mix in different genres including hard rock, glam metal, pop-punk and punk rock and a lot of the tracks typically have short and direct texts, often reflecting the wild rock'n'roll lifestyle and treating sex and romance with the use of reverse sexism and a tongue-in-cheek sense of humour.
There are 47 tracks of high class energetic, foot-tapping rock music, but if pressed on personal preferences would go with "1,2,3,4 Rock'n'Roll", "Never Too Late", the two covers "Leader Of The Gang", and "Tiger Feet", "Don't Stop", "Nothing To Lose", and Album stand-out "Take It All Away".
This is a very fine album by a band that over the years has deservedly gained a cult status as one of the best ever 'rock' or whatever you want to call the music this multi-faceted band produce, and which has established itself as a beacon to which many particularly girl bands strive to aspire to.