Veteran British female hard rockers GIRLSCHOOL recently re-recorded their classic 1981 album “Hit And Run” to celebrate the LP’s 30th anniversary. “Hit And Run Revisited” will be released on September 26 via Wacken Records through UDR as a digipack, LP and digital download.
“Hit And Run” was originally made available in March 1981, followed a short time later by a single featuring the title track. Both releases were very successful in the U.K., with the album reaching position No. 5 and the single No. 32 on their respective charts. The LP also charted in New Zealand and in Canada, where it went gold.
GIRLSCHOOL‘s current lineup is amazingly the same as it was in 1981, apart from Jackie Chambers, who replaced the late Kelly Johnson. Guitarist/vocalist Kim McAuliffe states about the album, “We’ve made quite a few changes. But I’m not gonna say anything about them because we’re hoping that our fans will notice for themselves, just to see how well they know the original ones. Of course it’s a different sound, we have Jackie play now, obviously, instead of Kelly, and also again, studio-wise it’s just a completely different experience because the technology now is incredible compared to what we had in those days.”
The U.S. version of “Hit And Run”, which came out in 1982, featured a different track listing, including songs from GIRLSCHOOL‘s first album, “Demolition”.
“Hit And Run Revisited” track listing:
01. C’mon Let’s Go
02. The Hunter
03. (I’m Your) Victim
04. Kick It Down
05. Following the Crowd
07. Hit and Run
08. Watch Your Step
09. Back to Start
10. Yeah Right
11. Future Flash
12. Demolition Boys
13. Hit and Run (with Doro)
Check out audio samples at this location.
GIRLSCHOOL‘s 30th-anniversary album, “Legacy”, was released in Europe in November 2008 via Wacken Records/SPV. “Legacy” features a plethora of special guests, including Tony Iommi (BLACK SABBATH), Ronnie James Dio (BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, DIO), Lemmy and Phil Campbell from MOTÖRHEAD, “Fast” Eddie Clarke (FASTWAY, ex-MOTÖRHEAD) and a couple of members of TWISTED SISTER.
GIRLSCHOOL supported MOTÖRHEAD on a U.K. tour in November 2009.
GIRLSCHOOL‘s original guitarist, Kelly Johnson, passed away on July 15, 2007 after a six-year battle with cancer of the spine. Along with Johnson, the classic lineup of GIRLSCHOOL included Kim McAuliffe (guitar), Enid Williams (bass) and Denise Dufort (drums). The band was an integral and major force in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) movement, beginning with the release of its debut album, “Demolition” (1980), and continuing with the follow-up efforts, “Hit ‘n’ Run” (1981) and “Screaming Blue Murder” (1982).