The all-female UK heavy metal band had its origins in Painted Lady, founded by teenagers Enid Williams (bass/vocals) and Kim McAuliffe (13 April 1959; guitar/vocals). The remaining members of Painted Lady went on to form Tour De Force. After Kelly Johnson (b. 20 June 1958, d. 15 July 2007; guitar/vocals) and Denise Dufort (drums) had joined in 1978 the name became Girlschool and the independently produced single, Take It All Away, for City Records, led to a tour with Motörhead. As a direct result of Lemmys sponsorship of the band they signed to the Bronze label in 1980, for whom Vic Maile produced the first two albums. There was a minor hit with a revival of Adrian Gurvitzs Race With The Devil, a 1968 success for Gun, before the band combined with Motörhead to reach the UK Top 10 as Headgirl with an EP entitled St Valentines Day Massacre. The lead track was a frenetic version of Johnny Kidds Please...
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