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Headgirl was a collaboration between Motörhead and Girlschool in 1980, the result being the St. Valentine's Day Massacre EP, though the groups were credited as Motör Headgirl School on the EP.



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 that he had ever seen in his life and "wanted to stick it up these pompous bastard guitarists' arses". 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.[1] Lemmy chose "Please Don't Touch" by one of his favourite groups of the past, Johnny Kidd & the Pirates.[1] For the flipside, the bands recorded each other's songs — Girlschool performed "Bomber" and Motörhead performed "Emergency", although Denise Dufort played drums throughout.[2][3] The record was released on 14 February 1981, as St. Valentine's Day Massacre EP and in reaching No. 5 in the UK Singles Chart,[4] it became the biggest hit either band ever had in that chart. On 6 February 1981, the bands had been filmed in concert for a Nottingham TV show called Rockstage and on 19 February 1981, billed as "Headgirl", they appeared on Top of the Pops playing "Please Don't Touch".[1][5] With Girlschool as special guests on the Motörhead 2005 'Inferno UK Tour', Lemmy joined the band at the end of their set at Brixton Academy on 19 November to play "Please Don't Touch" for the first time live.[6]

In 1981, a Japanese 12" single was released on the Bronze/Victor label, based on "Please Don't Touch" under the name 'Motorschool'. Issued in a picture sleeve, it included "Bomber" played by Girlschool, "Emergency" and "Bomber" played by Motörhead, and "Emergency" and "Yeah Right" played by Girlschool. Lyrics to the songs were printed in English and Japanese.[7]

Bronze used the Headgirl collaboration again in 1981, this time for a 12" vinyl release in the Netherlands called Hard Rock On 12 — the record plays "Please Don't Touch", "Stay Clean", "Metropolis" and "Demolition Boys", but listed entirely different tracks on the sleeve.[7]

Kelly Johnson, formerly of Girlschool and also guitarist with Headgirl, died on 15 July 2007, aged 49, after suffering from cancer of the spine for six years. She was followed by former Motörhead drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor on 11 November 2015, aged 61, after succumbing to liver failure, by bassist-vocalist Lemmy on 28 December 2015, aged 70, from cancer, and by Motörhead's lead guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke on 10 January 2018, aged 67, from pneumonia. Motörhead broke up when 2015 ended, while Girlschool still perform at present.



  1. ^ a b c Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 1116. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  2. ^ Burridge, Alan (April 1991). "Motörhead". Record Collector (140): 19.
  3. ^ Kilmister, Ian and Garza, Janiss White Line Fever (2002) — Simon & Schuster pp. 126,143-144 ISBN 0-684-85868-1.
  4. ^ "MOTORHEAD & GIRLSCHOOL | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 10 September 2021.
  5. ^ Burridge, Alan Illustrated Collector's Guide to Motörhead Published: 1995, Collector's Guide Publishing ISBN 0-9695736-2-6.
  6. ^ Burridge, Alan (April 2006). "Motörhead". Motörheadbangers. 26 (75).
  7. ^ a b Burridge, Alan; Mick Stevenson (July 1993). "Motörhead". Record Collector (167): 73 and 75.