Rock Goddess

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Rock Goddess
A rectangle cut into three, each with a head-shot photograph of each of the three members of Rock Goddess.
Clockwise, from top left: Jody Turner (vocals, guitar), Julie Turner (drums), Tracey Lamb (bass)
Background information
Origin Wandsworth, South London, England, United Kingdom
Genres Heavy metal
Years active
  • 1977 (1977)–1987 (1987)
  • 1994 (1994)–1995 (1995)
  • 2009
  • 2013–present
Labels
  • A&M
  • JID
  • Thunderbolts
Associated acts
Members
  • Jody Turner
  • Julie Turner
  • Tracey Lamb
Past members
  • Donnica Colman
  • Jackie Apperley
  • Dee O'Malley
  • Kat Burbella Mika
  • Julia Longman
  • Beckie Axten
  • Isabella Fronzoni
  • Aki Shibahara
  • Nicky Shaw

Rock Goddess are an English all-female heavy metal band formed in Wandsworth, South London, in 1977 by sisters Jody Turner and Julie Turner.

The band were initially active during the new wave of British heavy metal musical movement, releasing two singles that entered the Top 75 charts in the UK. The band had a cult following throughout the 1980s and reformed in 2013.

History[edit]

The band was formed in Wandsworth, South London in 1977, by sisters Jody Turner (vocals and guitar) and Julie Turner (drums) when they were thirteen and nine years old respectively.[1] They recruited high school friend Tracey Lamb on bass guitar and that completed their first line-up. Later Donnica Colman joined, adding a second guitar, and after her departure, Jackie Apperley replaced her, also on second guitar. After Apperley left, the band rehearsed intensively as a trio, and placed a track on a sampler album, which circulated in the London music underground.[1] Meanwhile, their manager John Turner, Jody and Julie's father, who owned a music store and rehearsal rooms, used his musical connections to get the band their first gigs. Finally, after an appearance at the Reading Festival in 1982, the band obtained a recording contract with A&M.[1]

They released their eponymous debut studio album with record producer Vic Maile in February 1983, and at that time there were temporary legal problems – Julie Turner was still a minor attending high school and she was restricted in the number of live shows that she could participate in.[1] Also during this period, Kat Burbella briefly joined the band as a second guitarist, and Tracey Lamb became disgruntled and quit the band, initially forming the band She with Burbella, but then joining Girlschool in 1987. She was replaced by Dee O'Malley, who played the bass guitar and keyboards on the band's second studio album, Hell Hath No Fury, which was produced by Chris Tsangarides and released in October 1983. The band co-headlined with Y&T, supported Iron Maiden and Def Leppard on UK and European tours, and embarked on their own headlining tours. O'Malley announced her pregnancy just before Rock Goddess' first US tour and left the band. Rock Goddess left A&M with their third album unfinished and unreleased.[2] O'Malley was replaced by Julia Longman on bass guitar, and Becky Axten on keyboards.[1]

In 1987, their third studio album was released exclusively in France, with the title Young and Free, however, due to insurmountable problems Rock Goddess disbanded shortly thereafter. In 1988, the Turner sisters reappeared as the Jody Turner Band with two male musicians, but they did not go beyond the local club circuit.[2] Jody Turner fronted a new line-up of Rock Goddess in 1994. After a name change to Braindance,[1] the band disbanded again in 1995. They played their last gig at the pub Thomas O'Becket.

The band reformed in 2009 to play the Hard Rock Hell music festival in Prestatyn, Wales, but were forced to split before they had a chance to perform.[3]

In March 2013, it was announced that the original line-up of Jody Turner, Julie Turner, and Tracey Lamb had reformed and would start recording a new album. The three of them are now in the process of recording a new album tentatively titled Unfinished Business.[4]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

Year Title Label UK Albums Chart[5]
1983 Rock Goddess A&M 65
1983 Hell Hath No Fury 84
1987 Young and Free JID

Singles

Year Title B-side Album UK Singles Chart[5]
1982 "Heavy Metal Rock 'n' Roll" "Satisfied Then Crucified" Rock Goddess
1983 "My Angel" "In the Heat of the Night" Rock Goddess 64
1984 "I Didn't Know I Loved You (Till I Saw You Rock 'n' Roll)" "Hell Hath No Fury" Hell Hath No Fury 57
1986 "Love Has Passed Me By" "Jerry" Young and Free

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f van Poorten, Toine (7 April 2008). "Back To The Past (15): Rock Goddess". Metalmaidens.com. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Watts, Chris (11 June 1988). "Band of Jo(d)y". Kerrang!. Vol. 191 (London, UK). p. 10. 
  3. ^ Barton, Geoff (4 September 2009). "News in brief". Classic Rock. Archived from the original on 8 September 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2011. Rock Goddess split 
  4. ^ "ROCK GODDESS Is Back For 'Unfinished Business'". Blabbermouth.net. 29 April 2014. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 456. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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