Rock Goddess Biography

Formed by sisters Jody and Julie Turner at the tender age of 13 and nine, respectively, even in such infancy Jody proved a good guitarist and Julie showed considerable promise as a drummer. Their father ran a music shop in Wandsworth, London, which had a rehearsal room next to it. The sisters, along with school friend and budding bass player Tracey Lamb, soon started to put a set together. By 1981 they had recorded their first demo tape and began to play clubs in London, earning a reputation as schoolgirl rockers who could hold their own against more established outfits. They soon attracted the attention of Karine, singer with indie band Androids Of Mu, who invited them to contribute one track, ‘Make My Night’, which she produced, to the all-female compilation album, Making Waves. They then set out on tour with Androids Of Mu and the Gymslips, with their father now managing them. Through his efforts they acquired a contract with A&M Records, and spent most of 1982 writing songs and playing live. The following year they released their debut album, and a single entitled ‘My Angel’. With Girlschool running out of steam they picked up much of their following and boosted their line-up with Kate Burbela on second guitar. Their follow-up album the same year was a better received product, yet Lamb decided to leave and was replaced by Dee O’Malley, who departed herself in 1986 to start a family. The final album was a good effort but interest in the band had long gone and Jody left to pursue a solo career. In 1988 Lamb joined Girlschool.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.