Girls with Guns (album)

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Girls with Guns
Tommy Shaw - Girls with Guns.jpg
Studio album by Tommy Shaw
Released October 1984
Recorded 1984
Genre Rock
Length 48:53
Label A&M
Producer Mike Stone
Tommy Shaw chronology
Girls with Guns
What If?
Singles from Girls With Guns
  1. "Girls With Guns"
    Released: September 1984
  2. "Lonely School"
    Released: December 1984
  3. "Free To Love You"
    Released: March 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Girls with Guns is the debut solo album from Styx guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw. It was released in October 1984 by A&M Records.

The title track was a top 10 hit at rock radio, peaking at #6 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and reaching a high of #33 on the Hot 100. "Girls With Guns" was featured in a first season episode of Miami Vice called "Glades."

A second single, the ballad "Lonely School", was released in late 1984 and peaked at #60 on the Hot 100 in January 1985. The videos for both singles received premiere status and strong rotation at MTV, and the network aired a concert special featuring Shaw.

The CD and cassette formats of the album feature extended versions of the ballad "Kiss Me Hello" and the dance-rock track "Outside in the Rain".

The Girls With Guns album charted on the Billboard 200 Albums chart for 25 weeks, peaking at #50.

Track listing[edit]

All words & music by Tommy Shaw except as noted.

  1. "Girls with Guns" – 3:11
  2. "Come In and Explain" – 4:20
  3. "Lonely School" – 5:03
  4. "Heads Up" (Tommy Shaw, Eddie Wohlford, Kenny Loggins) – 4:42
  5. "Kiss Me Hello" – 5:37 [vinyl]; 7:47 [CD/cassette extended version]
  6. "Fading Away" – 4:03
  7. "Little Girl World" – 3:32
  8. "Outside in the Rain" – 4:32 [vinyl]; 5:59 [CD/cassette extended version]
  9. "Free to Love You" (Shaw, Wohlford) – 4:49
  10. "The Race Is On" (Shaw, Wohlford) – 5:27


Drummer Steve Holley had played in Paul McCartney's band, Wings. He and bassist Brian Stanley would go on to become the rhythm section of Jules Shear's 1988 band project, Reckless Sleepers. Keyboard player Peter Wood played with Al Stewart and also served as the surrogate version of Rick Wright in the 1980 and 1981 performances of Pink Floyd's The Wall.