Thursday, August 20, 2009
Motorhead/Girlschool - St.Valentines Day Massacre (1981)
The collaboration between Motörhead and Girlschool started in March, 1979, when Motörhead began their first big tour with Overkill and Girlschool were their opening act. Lemmy had heard Girlschool's single "Take It All Away" and thought they were "fucking excellent" and liked the idea of girls being in a band. In his opinion, Kelly Johnson was as good as any guitarist he'd ever seen in his life and "wanted to stick it up these pompous bastard guitarists' asses". In late December 1980, Motörhead's drummer, Phil Taylor, broke his neck, preventing his continuing to play, so Motörhead's producer, Vic Maile, suggested they record a single with Girlschool. Lemmy chose "Please Don't Touch" by one of his favorite groups of the past, Johnny Kidd and the Pirates, for the flipside. The bands recorded each others' songs — Girlschool performed "Bomber" and Motörhead performed "Emergency", although Denise Dufort played drums throughout.The record was released on February 14, 1981, as St. Valentine's Day Massacre EP and reaching #5 in the UK Singles Chart, it became the biggest hit either band ever had in the charts.
It's also one of my All-Time favorite Album covers.