by DrJohn USER (47 Reviews)
June 22nd, 2014 | 9 replies

Release Date: 1980 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Punk at its core surrounded by British metal crust.

In layman’s incomplete terms, a parallel universe is a hypothetical alternate reality which unfolds at exactly the same time as ours, but in a self-contained manner. As a result, events taking place in a parallel universe cannot interfere with our own. There are notions both within the scientific and the sci-fi geek communities that the above may not be the case, as theories of paths connecting parallel universes are evolving, mainly around the basis of black hole properties (warm holes etc); but I am not going to extend this subject at the moment.

Nonetheless, I'm going to offer some information on the concept of sexism under considaration of terms ending in ‘man’ such as chairman, horseman, frontman, musicman, layman, etc; Girlschool offer their own view on the opening track “Demolition boys”. You see, none can deny that most of these words can pertain to either woman or man, yet more often than not they are used bearing the suffix ‘man’ and not ‘woman’.

I myself, also succumb to the above occasionally, actually I did it in the first sentence of this narration. My apologies for that, so…

In laywoman’s all-inclusive terms “Girlschool” is the quantum alternation of “Motorhead” or Motorhead is the male version of Girlschool, and in that case -scientific or not- parallel universes interfered, coexisted, giggled - excuse me- I meant gigged together in various occasions, and both sounded excellent! Furthermore, I must add that it comes as no surprise that in our sexist universe, and under the prism of a musical genre not very keen on avoiding gender discrimination, Girlschool didn’t enjoy the slightest percent of the success or recognition male bands with less than one percent of Girlschool’s talent enjoyed.

Tunes such as ‘Race with the devil’, ‘Emergency’, ‘Midnight ride’… The hole album to be precise, would make a lot of "hard" musicmen, cover their selves in shame; just like a cold shower of self-awareness would. As a note in passing, the 2004 cd reissue containing nine bonus tracks is highly recommended, unless you feel uncomfortable after a prolonged cold shower.

Girlschool are still active after 35 years, being the longest running all-female rock band in this freaking universe (concerning human race at least). Heavy, raw, intense, direct- punk at its core surrounded by a British metal crust. This 1980 comet, music astronomers named ‘Demolition’ originated from planet earth, it is “Girlschool’s” debut and was named on the basis of its ability to ***ing rock any freaking life form bearing ears - Terrestrial or not!

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June 22nd 2014


mmm crusty

June 22nd 2014


As much as I love NWOBHM I've never actually heard this.

June 22nd 2014


Album Rating: 4.0


Territorially & chronologically maybe...otherwise this band is actually mislabeled under 'NWOBHM' , more punkish than most bands of the 'movement' , more witty as well!

June 22nd 2014


is this another one of those weird japanese metalpop bands

June 22nd 2014


Album Rating: 4.0

Far from it 'SnakeDelilah', as far as 6000 miles I' d say, much further when it pertains to sound. Btw did you read the review before making assumptions?

August 14th 2014


I first came across Girlschool when they were supporting Black Sabbath in 1980 at the Hammersmith Odeon. They remain to this day the only support band (as opposed to 'Special Guests') I've ever seen to receive an encore. You're right, criminally underrated and this is a superb debut album which has lost none of its wit and energy over the years. The only other band from this period to have such an impact on me was Tank with their debut 'Filth Hounds', another cracker.

April 10th 2015


Album Rating: 3.0

Good review good album

Contributing Reviewer
July 31st 2015


Album Rating: 3.5

This is a really good album, but the fact that the vocals feel lifeless sometimes lowers the quality for me a little. Nonetheless, some songs here are simply good, solid hard rock/heavy metal, the highlights for me being "Race with the Devil" and "Nothing to Lose". I honestly preferred the Motorhead version of "Emergency", but that's just me.

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August 1st 2015


Album Rating: 4.0

I dig both tbh

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