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A band slightly out of time, Girl formed in 1979, coming to prominence with their debut LP “Sheer Greed” in January 1980. Featuring singer Phil Lewis, guitarists Gerry Laffy and Phil Collen, and joined by Gerry’s brother Simon on bass, they rocked hard enough to capitalise on the burgeoning New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement that was sweeping across the UK, a scene led by Iron Maiden, Saxon and Def Leppard. Though it’s fair to say that with their pretty boy good looks and make-up, their glam leaning roots would make them a big influence on the “hair-metal” bands of the mid-1980s, but not necessarily with the then more prevalent denim & leather brigade of the NWOBHM crowd.

• Signing to Jet Records, home of ELO, Girl’s debut LP “Sheer Greed” broke into the UK Top 40, helped along by major tours with UFO and Pat Travers, and by lead single ‘Hollywood Tease’, a track that would be re-recorded later in the decade by singer Phil Lewis with LA Guns. With their raw-edged hard rock, their solid debut demonstrated all of the power and energy of one of their raucous live club shows, all captured here with subsequent recordings contained in this six disc collection.

• Produced by Nigel Thomas with the band, second album “Wasted Youth” was released at the beginning of 1982, by which time Bryson Graham had been replaced on drums by Pete Barnacle. This 10 track album features the singles ‘Thru’ The Twilite’ and ‘Old Dogs’.

• The wealth of bonus material included on this anthology kicks off with the 20 track “Killing Time” album on CD2, a collection of outtakes from their two studio albums. Among the originals are covers of Russ Ballard’s ‘Juliet, Ike & Tina Turner’s ‘Nutbush City Limits’ (soon to become a live staple) and the Kinks’ ‘You Really Got Me’.

• London’s Marquee Club was an important stepping stone for any live rock band to prove its (heavy) mettle, having hosted shows for everyone from The Who, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and David Bowie in the 1970s to Iron Maiden, Guns N’ Roses and Metallica in the 1980s. Girl was popular enough with the Marquee to enjoy a residency at the venue during their short career, thankfully captured for posterity here. This 1981 gig, recorded on 23rd October, feature plenty of material from the as yet unreleased second LP, included the aforementioned ‘Old Dogs’ and ‘Thru’ The Twilite’ singles, as well as ‘Ice In The Blood’ and self-explanatory ‘Nice ‘N’ Nasty’.

• One place where they found an appreciative audience was Japan, and the 1980 Tokyo show on CD4 includes the classics ‘Hollywood Tease’ and ‘My Number’, as well as Steppenwolf’s perennial classic, ‘Born To Be Wild’.

• Discs 5 sees the band return to the UK for the slightly less salubrious surroundings of Fulham’s Greyhound in 1982. Like the Marquee, the Greyhound was another important venue for up and coming bands to prove themselves, and the set includes tracks that may well have ended up on a third Girl album, had they not sadly split up later that year.

• Disc 6 covers two further shows from 1982: at the Birmingham Odeon and London’s legendary Hammersmith Odeon, and on tour supporting UFO. CD 6 finishes with two demos: Madame Karone (demo) and Make It Medical (demo).

• Girl would split up in 1982 after the release of “Wasted Youth”, with Phil Collen going on to greater fame and fortune with Def Leppard for their “Pyromania” album and beyond. Phil Lewis would join the aforementioned LA Guns with former Guns N’ Roses alumnus, Tracii Guns. Phil Collen would rejoin Simon Laffy in the band Man Raze, along with Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook.

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DISC ONE

WASTED YOUTH


1. THRU’ THE TWILITE
2. OLD DOGS
3 ICE IN THE BLOOD
4. WASTED YOUTH
5. STANDARD ROMANCE
6. NICE ’N’ NASTY
7. MCKITTY’S BACK
8. 19
9. OVERNIGHT ANGELS
10. SWEET KIDS

DISC TWO

KILLING TIME


1. JULIET
2. NUTBUSH CITY LIMITS
3. MAD FOR IT
4. WHITE PROPHET
5. GREEN LIGHT
6. THIS TOWN
7. AEROPLANE FOOD
8. MAKE IT MEDICAL
9. NOTHING BUT THE NIGHT
10. BIG NIGHT OUT
11. I GOT LOVE
12. LUCKY
13. KILLING TIME
14. NAUGHTY BOY
15. KING RAT
16. MOGAL
17. LOVE IS A GAME
18. BLACK MAX
19. THE SOUND OF CARS
20. YOU REALLY GOT ME

DISC THREE

LIVE AT THE MARQUEE CLUB, 1981

1. ICE IN THE BLOOD
2. ICEY BLUE
3. MAD FOR IT
4. OVERNIGHT ANGELS
5. OLD DOGS
6. BIG NIGHT
7. SWEET KIDS
8. WASTED YOUTH
9. NICE ’N’ NASTY
10. MY NUMBER
11. STANDARD ROMANCE
12. THRU’ THE TWILITE

DISC FOUR
LIVE IN TOKYO 1980


1. WASTED YOUTH
2. HEARTBREAK AMERICA
3. NICE ‘N’ NASTY
4. BLACK MACK’S
5. LITTLE MISS ANN
6. WHITE PROPHET
7. OLD DOGS
8. PASSING CLOUDS
9. STRAWBERRIES
10. DOCTOR DOCTOR
11. LOVELY LORRAINE
12. MY NUMBER
13. 19
14. HOLLYWOOD TEASE
15. BORN TO BE WILD
16. OVERNIGHT ANGELS

DISC FIVE

LIVE AT THE GREYHOUND 1982


1. BIG NIGHT OUT
2. OVERNIGHT ANGELS
3. ICE IN THE BLOOD
4. MY NUMBER
5. NAUGHTY BOY
6. LITTLE MISS ANN
7. STANDARD ROMANCE
8. WASTED YOUTH
9. THE SOUND OF CARS
10. KILLING TIME
11. ICEY BLUE
12. 19
13. NUTBUSH CITY LIMITS
14. HOLLYWOOD TEASE

DISC SIX

LIVE AT THE
BIRMINGHAM ODEON 1982


1. BIG NIGHT
2. OVERNIGHT ANGELS
3. MY NUMBER
4. STANDARD ROMANCE

LIVE AT THE
HAMMERSMITH ODEON 1982
5. WASTED YOUTH
6. SWEET KIDS
7. THE SOUND OF CARS
8. KILLING TIME
9 DOCTOR DOCTOR
10. NUTBUSH CITY LIMITS

LIVE AT THE
BIRMINGHAM ODEON 1982
11. NUTBUSH CITY LIMITS
12. KILLING TIME

BONUS TRACKS
13. MADAME KARONE (DEMO)
14. MAKE IT MEDICAL (DEMO)