Often considered the Distaff Counterpart to Motörhead, Girlschool formed in 1978 right around the time the New Wave of British Heavy Metal was taking form. They are still going strong after more than 35 years, making them the world's longest running all-female rock band. They boast a global cult following and remain an influence and role model for many female rockers, both professional and amateur. In spite of suffering a bad case of Revolving Door Band, original members Kim McAuliffe, Enid Williams and Denise Dufort are still part of the band. In fact, the only reason the full original lineup is no more is due to lead guitarist and singer Kelly Johnson's death from cancer in 2007.
- Kim McAuliffe rhythm guitar, lead and backing vocals (1978 - present)
- Enid Williams bass guitar, lead and backing vocals (1978 - 1982, 1990 - 1991, 2000 - present)
- Jackie Chambers lead guitar, backing vocals (2000 - present)
- Denise Dufort drums (1978 - present)
- Kelly Johnson - lead guitar, lead and backing vocals (1978 - 1982, 1993 - 2000, died 2007)
- Demolition (1980)
- Hit and Run (1981)
- Screaming Blue Murder (1982)
- Play Dirty (1983)
- Running Wild (1985)
- Nightmare at Maple Cross (1986)
- Take a Bite (1988)
- Girlschool (1992)
- 21st Anniversary: Not That Innocent (2002)
- Believe (2004)
- Legacy (2008)
- Hit and Run Revisited (2011)
- Guilty as Sin (2015)
This band provides examples of:
- Deadpan Snarker: "Yeah Right".
- Distaff Counterpart: Often considered this to Motörhead, if the St. Valentine's Day Massacre EP shared with them is anything to go by.
- Driving Song: "Hit and Run".
- Hard Rock
- New Wave of British Heavy Metal: The most famous all-female example.
- Vocal Tag Team: McAuliffe, Williams, and Johnson.