Hit and Run (Girlschool album)

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Hit and Run
Girlschool hit and run.jpg
Studio album by Girlschool
Released 20 April 1981
Recorded December 1980–January 1981
Studio Jackson's Studios, Rickmansworth, UK
Genre Heavy metal
Length 35:51
62:18 (re-issue)
Label Bronze (UK)
Stiff America (US)
Solid Gold Records (CAN)
Producer Vic Maile
Girlschool chronology
St. Valentine's Day Massacre
(1981)St. Valentine's Day Massacre1981
Hit and Run
Live and More EP
(1982)Live and More EP1982
Singles from Hit and Run
  1. "Yeah Right / The Hunter"
    Released: 7 November 1980
  2. "Hit and Run / Tonight"
    Released: April 1981
  3. "C'mon Let's Go / Tonight (live)"
    Released: July 1981

Hit and Run is the second studio album by the British heavy metal band, Girlschool, released in 1981 on Bronze Records.

Like its predecessor Demolition (1980), it was recorded at Jackson's Studios, England, in December 1980 and January 1981. Vic Maile was again the producer.

Hit and Run is the most successful Girlschool album, having reached No. 5 in the UK Albums Chart,[1] with the single of the title track climbing to No. 32 in the UK Singles Chart.[2] The band appeared on the BBC show Top of the Pops on April 16 1981, miming to the hit song. The 7-inch single (Bronze BRO 118) had "Tonight" as B-side, with the 10-inch adding the cover version of the famous ZZ Top song "Tush".

The car on the cover is a 1972 Buick Riviera.[3]

The album was reissued on CD in 2004 by Castle, a subsidiary of Sanctuary Records, with bonus tracks and extensive sleevenotes by Record Collector's Joe Geesin.[4]

On the back cover of the original album (bottom left corner), the band thanks their road crew, producer and others. The message ends with, "Cheers you lot! GRILLSCHOOL" [sic]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[5]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 7/10[6]

In 2005, Hit and Run was ranked number 289 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[7]

Track listings[edit]

Side one
No. Title Music Length
1. "C'mon Let's Go" Kim McAuliffe, Kelly Johnson 3:35
2. "The Hunter" McAuliffe, Johnson 3:15
3. "(I'm Your) Victim" McAuliffe, Denise Dufort 2:42
4. "Kick It Down" McAuliffe, Johnson 3:03
5. "Following the Crowd" Enid WIlliams, McAuliffe, Johnson 3:08
6. "Tush" (ZZ Top cover) Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard 2:16
Side two
No. Title Music Length
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

Other Versions[edit]

Hit and Run did not get a proper release in North America. Instead compilation albums featuring the title and artwork from Hit and Run, and tracks from both Demolition and Hit and Run, were released. Canada and the United States each received their own unique releases.

In the United States Stiff Records released an album titled Hit and Run on both vinyl and cassette.

The Canadian release was put out by Solid Gold Records and featured the same songs as the American release, however the order of the tracks was different.


Band members
  • Kim McAuliffe – rhythm 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

Release history[edit]

Date Region Label Catalogue Format Notes
20 April 1981 UK Bronze BRON 534 vinyl [4] included a limited pressing in red vinyl
1981 Europe Bronze 203,556-320 vinyl
1981 Japan Bronze VIP-6779 vinyl
1981 Canada Solid Gold SGR 1003 vinyl actually a compilation of songs from Demolition and Hit and Run
1981 USA Stiff USE 18 vinyl actually a compilation of songs from Demolition and Hit and Run
1991 UK Dojo/Castle LOMA CD1 CD published in a double album compilation with Demolition
2004 Worldwide Castle/Sanctuary CMRCD950 CD


Country Organization Year Sales
Canada CRIA 1981 Gold (+ 50,000)[10]


  1. ^ "Girlschool – Hit and Run chart stats". Chartarchive.org. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Girlschool – Hit and Run (single) chart stats". Chartarchive.org. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Buick Riviera 3rd generation versions & types". Automobile-catalog.com. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Girlschool Hit and Run (1981)" (in German). Musik Sammler.de. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Girlschool Hit & Run review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  6. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 133. ISBN 978-1894959315. 
  7. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 97. ISBN 3-89880-517-4. 
  8. ^ "Girlschool - Hit And Run (US Vinyl details)". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-11-03. 
  9. ^ Hit and Run (vinyl), Canada: Solid Gold Records, 1981 
  10. ^ "Gold Platinum Search for Girlschool". Music Canada. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 

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