Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The girl could R-O-C-K

I am listening to GIRLSCHOOL and their version of "Bomber" this morning.
Kelly Johnson, the lead guitarist for the band, died over the weekend age 49 of cancer of the spine.
Johnson could rightly claim her place among the top guitarists coming out of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal in the 1980s. Her solo on "Bomber" is incendiary.
I first heard GIRLSCHOOL because of their long association with Motörhead.
However, I first *SAW* GIRLSCHOOL while glimpsing through issues of KERRANG! magazine back in the day.
I remember GIRLSCHOOL as being TERRIFYING.
These were girls that looked like tough customers. They probably had to look rough, just to stem the jeers of chauvinistic metalheads.
Whatever the reason, these girls looked like you would never want to run into them in a dark alley.
Ahhh... but they could play. Especially Kelly Johnson. We didn't lose one of the best GIRL GUITARISTS when Johnson passed away this weekend. We lost one of the best GUITARISTS. Period.

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