"Hit and Run" by Girlschool, a pinnacle of NWOBHM, defies conventions with its raw energy and melodic prowess. Despite initial challenges, the album's quirky misspelling as "GRILLSCHOOL" on the back cover adds to its mystique. Commercial success follows swiftly, propelled by anthemic tracks like "Hit and Run" and "C'mon Let's Go." A testament to gender-defying resilience, it remains a timeless classic in heavy metal history.



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"Hit and Run" Album Description:

Released during the height of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) movement, "Hit and Run" stands as a seminal album in the annals of heavy metal history. Hailing from the United Kingdom, Girlschool unleashed their second studio offering with a fervor that solidified their position in the male-dominated realm of heavy music.

Despite its initial reception, "Hit and Run" soared beyond the confines of its humble beginnings, carving a path of its own through the dense forests of rock and roll. This LP, pressed onto the timeless medium of 12" vinyl, became a beacon for enthusiasts seeking a fusion of raw energy and melodic sensibility.

An intriguing aspect that sets "Hit and Run" apart lies within the quirks of its production. A notable curiosity resides in the misspelling of the band's name as "GRILLSCHOOL" on the liner notes, adding a touch of humour to an already enigmatic creation. Such nuances only serve to enhance the album's allure, further cementing its status as a cult classic among aficionados of the genre.

Commercial success was not elusive for Girlschool, as "Hit and Run" raced up the charts, propelled by its infectious hooks and unrelenting rhythms. Tracks like the titular "Hit and Run" and "C'mon Let's Go" became anthems for a generation of headbangers, their blistering guitar solos and driving beats igniting fires in the hearts of listeners worldwide.

Beyond its commercial triumphs, "Hit and Run" remains a testament to the resilience and creativity of its creators. Girlschool shattered barriers and defied expectations, proving that gender was no impediment to rocking out with the best of them. Their boldness and tenacity continue to inspire aspiring musicians, reminding them that the pursuit of one's passion knows no bounds.

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Music Genre:

NWOBHM New Wave Of British Heavy Metal 

Album Production information:

The album: "GIRLSCHOOL - Hit and Run" was produced by:Vic "Chairman" Maile (1943-1989)

Vic Maile , born on 27 March 1943, was a highly respected British sound engineer and record producer who played a significant role in shaping the sound of rock and roll. With his remarkable talent and passion for music, Maile made a lasting impact on the industry, leaving behind a legacy that continues to resonate with fans and artists alike.


Maile's journey in music began during his formative years, where he developed a deep fascination with sound and its manipulation. As a teenager, he immersed himself in the world of electronics and sound engineering, constantly experimenting with audio equipment and exploring new ways to capture and enhance musical performances.

In the 1960s, Maile emerged as a sought-after sound engineer, working with numerous bands and artists in the thriving British music scene. His technical proficiency and ability to understand the intricacies of sound quickly earned him a reputation for excellence. Artists and producers recognized Maile as someone who could elevate their music to new heights through his expertise in the recording studio.

Throughout his career, Maile had the privilege of collaborating with a diverse range of bands and musicians, each with their unique styles and sonic signatures. Some of the notable names he worked with include:

1. Dr. Feelgood: Maile's partnership with Dr. Feelgood in the mid-1970s proved to be a pivotal moment in both his career and the band's success. He played a vital role in capturing the band's raw, high-energy pub rock sound, contributing to the creation of their influential debut album, "Down by the Jetty" (1975).

2. Motörhead: One of Maile's most iconic collaborations was with the legendary heavy metal band Motörhead. His production work on their seminal albums, such as "Overkill" (1979) and "Ace of Spades" (1980), helped define their distinctive and aggressive sound. Maile's ability to capture the band's raw intensity and sheer power in the studio cemented their status as one of the genre's most influential acts.

3. Girlschool: Maile's partnership with the all-female heavy metal band Girlschool yielded exceptional results. He worked closely with them on albums like "Hit and Run" (1981) and "Screaming Blue Murder" (1982), crafting a sound that balanced their fierce energy with melodic hooks. His production skills showcased the band's musical prowess and contributed to their rise in the male-dominated rock landscape.

4. The Quireboys: Maile collaborated with The Quireboys for their debut album, "A Bit of What You Fancy" (1990). With his guidance, the band achieved a blend of classic rock and roll swagger with a contemporary edge, resulting in a critically acclaimed record that earned them commercial success.

Vic Maile's talent as a sound engineer and record producer extended far beyond these notable collaborations. His contributions to the rock and roll genre are immeasurable, as he worked with a myriad of artists who trusted him to translate their artistic vision into captivating sonic experiences.

John 'The Don' Dent - Mastering Engineer

Alan Daniels - Artwork

Record Label Information:

BRONZE 203 556

Media Format:

12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram 

Year & Country:

1981 Made in Germany
Band Members and Musicians on: GIRLSCHOOL - Hit and Run
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Kim McAuliffe - rythm guitar, vocals on track 4
  • Kelly Johnson - lead guitar, vocals on tracks 1, 2, 7, 11, 12
  • Enid Williams - bass, vocals on tracks 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14
  • Denise Dufort - drums
Track Listing of: "GIRLSCHOOL - Hit and Run"

The Songs/tracks on "GIRLSCHOOL - Hit and Run" are

  1. C'mon Let's Go (McAuliffe/ Johnson) - 3:37
  2. The Hunter (McAuliffe/ Johnson) - 3:15
  3. (I'm Your) Victim (McAuliffe/ Dufort) - 2:42
  4. Kick It Down (McAuliffe/ Johnson) - 3:03
  5. Following the Crowd (Williams/ McAuliffe/ Johnson) - 3:08
  6. Tush (Gibbons/ Hill/ Beard) - 2:16
  7. Hit And Run (McAuliffe/ Johnson) - 3:08
  8. Watch Your Step (Williams/ McAuliffe/ Johnson) - 3:22
  9. Back to Start (Johnson/ Williams) - 3:32
  10. Yeah Right (McAuliffe/ Johnson/ Dufort) - 3:21
  11. Future Flash (Johnson/ McAuliffe) - 4:27

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BRONZE 203 556 Record Label Details: LC 2313 GEMA ℗ 1981 Bronze Records Ltd

Index of GIRLSCHOOL Vinyl Album Discography and Album Cover Gallery
GIRLSCHOOL - Demolition 12" Vinyl LP
GIRLSCHOOL - Demolition  album front cover vinyl record

BRONZE 202 426   , 1980 , Germany

"Demolition" Girlschool's 1980 debut, crashed into the male-dominated NWOBHM scene, proving women could rock just as hard. This scorcher of an album mixed punk energy with metal riffs,

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GIRLSCHOOL - Hit and Run 12" Vinyl LP
GIRLSCHOOL - Hit and Run  album front cover vinyl record

BRONZE 203 556 , 1981 , Germany

"Girls just wanna rock! Dive into the NWOBHM era with Girlschool's 'Hit and Run' LP. This album packs a punch with anthemic tracks and commercial success, solidifying its status as a timeless classic in heavy metal lore."

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GIRLSCHOOL - Nightmare at Maple Cross 12" Vinyl LP
Girlschool - Nightmare at Maple Cross  album front cover vinyl record

GWR Records RR 9671 , 1986 , Holland

Girlschool's 1986 album "Nightmare At Maple Cross" marked a return to their heavy metal roots after a brief detour. Produced by the legendary Vic Maile, it features classic Girlschool with driving anthems & a glam-tinged Mud cover. This LP cemented their place in NWOBHM history.

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GIRLSCHOOL - Play Dirty 12" Vinyl LP
GIRLSCHOOL - Play Dirty  album front cover vinyl record

BRONZE 205 855   , 1983 , Germany

1983's Play Dirty saw Girlschool, pioneers of NWOBHM, turn up the heat. Produced by Slade's Noddy Holder & Jim Lea, the album is a fist-pumping collection of heavy anthems & scorching riffs, a must-listen for any metal fan.

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GIRLSCHOOL - Screaming Blue Murder 12" Vinyl LP
GIRLSCHOOL - Screaming Blue Murder  album front cover vinyl record

 Bronze 204 757  , 1982 , Germany

In 1982, Girlschool released "Screaming Blue Murder," a defining moment for the band with a new bassist and Nigel Gray's production. This album solidified their place in heavy metal history with fierce riffs and anthemic tracks, challenging gender stereotypes in the genre.

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