I had the opportunity to interview Kim McAuliffe, the frontwoman of the legendary all-female Heavy Metal band, Girlschool. They have collaborated with major artists in the Metal community such as Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead and Ronnie James Dio. Girlschool have a new album coming out on November 13 called ‘Guilty As Sin’ and are very much looking forward to its release.
On the early days of Girlschool: Edin and me grew up together in the same street. Her brother and my cousin both played guitar and so we got interested too! We started Painted Lady as a girl band because we couldn’t get any boys to play with us!
We decided to go pro when we met Kelly [Johnson, guitarist] and because we had all been to all girl schools, we thought that would be a good name!
On 1981 collaboration with Motorhead: We had been touring around Britain and Europe for a couple of years sleeping on top of our gear in the back of the van when a friend who had formed his own record label, City Records, asked us to record a single. UK Subs, our mates, had just done one, so of course we said yes. Lemmy was looking for a support band for their first major British tour, heard our single, loved it, and invited us on their tour!
Lemmy has been a great supporter of us, but also many other women in rock. He is one of a kind. A real lovely bloke!
So looking forward to catching up with him and the boys on tour soon!
On Screaming Blue Murder: Oh yeah, Screaming was produced by a different producer and we had a new bassist Gil. We went in and went nuts for three weeks. I hope the energy we put in shows through!
On working with Dio on “I Spy”: It was amazing to have Ronnie sing on our song! We had got to know him over the years. We first met him when we supported Black Sabbath at the Hammersmith Odeon for four nights in 1980. A lovely man.
On new album Guilty As Sin: Looking forward to the release of our new album. We are very proud of it and hope people will love it as much as we do. Great working with Chris again!