KIM McAULIFFE (GIRLSCHOOL): “In The 80s, We Expected Loads Of Girl Bands To Come Out, And It Didn’t Happen“

Photograph of guitarist/vocalist and founding member of Girlschool, Kim McAuliffe.
Photo: Adam Kennedy

From a time when all female bands were a rarity, one band from England made their mark in the Hard Rock genre. Girlschool has stood the test of time, and has just released their 14th studio album celebrating 45 years as a band aptly titled WTFortyfive? Metal Express Radio’s Bryce Van Patten had a chance to chat with guitarist/vocalist, and founding member Kim McAuliffe about the new release, working together with Joe Stump of Alcatrazz, how women have become prominent in Hard Rock/Heavy Metal, and a whole lot more.

Girlschool – Lineup

  • Kim McAuliffe – guitar/vocals
  • Denise Dufort – drums
  • Jackie Chambers – guitar/backing vocals
  • Tracey Lamb – bass


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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