Demolition (Girlschool album)

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Demolition
Studio album by Girlschool
Released 30 June 1980
Recorded Jackson's Studios, Rickmansworth, England, April – May 1980
Genre Heavy metal
Length 34:32
65:17 (re-issue)
Label Bronze
Producer Vic Maile
Girlschool chronology
Demolition
(1980)
St. Valentine's Day Massacre
(1981)
Singles from Demolition
  1. "Emergency / Furniture Fire"
    Released: January 1980
  2. "Nothing to Lose / Baby Doll"
    Released: May 1980
  3. "Race with the Devil / Take It All Away"
    Released: July 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Martin Popoff 6/10 stars[2]

Demolition is the first studio album by the British heavy metal band, Girlschool. It was released in Europe on Bronze Records in 1980.

It was produced by experienced sound engineer Vic Maile. Demolition reached No. 28 in the UK Albums Chart, following the rising of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal phenomenon.[3] The tour supporting the album included high-profile support slots to Black Sabbath and Uriah Heep shows.

"Race with the Devil" is a cover of the song originally performed by the British rock band The Gun.

The definitive CD version is considered to be the 2004 CD edition, with bonus tracks and extensive sleevenotes, issued by Castle, a subsidiary of Sanctuary Records.

Track listings[edit]

Side one
  1. "Demolition Boys" (Kim McAuliffe, Kelly Johnson) – 3:39
  2. "Not for Sale" (Girlschool) – 3:31
  3. "Race with the Devil" (Adrian Gurvitz) – 2:51
  4. "Take It All Away" (McAuliffe) – 3:43
  5. "Nothing to Lose" (McAuliffe, Johnson) – 4:30
Side two
  1. "Breakdown" (McAuliffe, Johnson) – 3:05
  2. "Midnight Ride" (McAuliffe, Johnson, Enid Williams) – 3:16
  3. "Emergency" (Girlschool) – 2:50
  4. "Baby Doll" (Girlschool) – 4:13
  5. "Deadline" (McAuliffe, Johnson) – 2:54
2004 remastered CD edition bonus tracks
  1. "Take It All Away" (single version) – 3:12
  2. "It Could Be Better" (single version) – 2:55
  3. "Nothing to Lose" (demo version) – 3:47
  4. "Not for Sale" (demo version) – 3:30
  5. "Furniture Fire" – 3:00 (B-side to "Emergency" single)
  6. "Take It All Away" – 3:32
  7. "Breakdown" – 3:24
  8. "Demolition Boys" – 3:02
  9. "Nothing to Lose" – 4:23
  • Tracks 16–19 are a BBC radio session, broadcast on The Friday Rock Show on 1 August 1980. These tracks had not been available commercially before.
  • The album as such did not get a US release, but in 1982 Stiff Records released an album titled Hit and Run that was actually a compilation of Demolition and the band's second album, Hit and Run. The track-listing for this US-only release was "Hit and Run"/ "Watch Your Step"/ "Race with the Devil"/ "Yeah Right"/ "Not for Sale"/ "Future Flash"/ "C'mon Let's Go"/ "The Hunter"/ "Kick It Down"/ "Take It All Away".[4]

Personnel[edit]

Band members
  • Kim McAuliffe – rhythm guitar, vocals on tracks 1, 5, 10
  • Kelly Johnson – lead guitar, vocals on tracks 6, 15
  • Enid Williams – bass, vocals on tracks 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12
  • Denise Dufort – drums
Production

Release history[edit]

Date Region Label Catalogue Format Notes
30 June 1980 UK Bronze BRON 525 vinyl [5]
1980 Germany Bronze 202,426-320 vinyl
1980 Italy Bronze BROL 34526 vinyl
1980 Japan Victor VIP-6738 vinyl
1991 UK Dojo/Castle LOMA CD1 CD published in a double album compilation with Hit and Run
2004 Worldwide Castle/Sanctuary CMRCD949 CD

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Girlschool Demolition review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. ISBN 978-1894959315. 
  3. ^ Strong, Martin C. (1995). The Great Rock Discography. Edinburgh, Great Britain: Canongate Books. p. 326. ISBN 0-86241-541-1. 
  4. ^ "Girlschool – Demolition". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 21 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "Girlschool Demolition (1980)" (in German). Musik Sammler.de. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 

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