Girlschool are a British rock band that formed in the new wave of British heavy metal scene in 1978. Associated with contemporaries Motörhead, they are the longest-running all-female rock band, still active after more than 40 years. Formed from a school band called Painted Lady, Girlschool enjoyed strong media exposure and commercial success in the UK in the early 1980s with three albums of'punk-tinged metal' and a few singles, but lost their momentum in the following years. In the 1990s and 2000s, Girlschool made few studio albums. During their career they travelled the world, playing in many rock and metal festivals and co-headlining with or supporting important hard rock and heavy metal bands, they maintain a worldwide cult following, are an inspiration for many female rock musicians. Despite frequent changes of line-up, all original members who are still alive—Kim McAuliffe, Enid Williams and Denise Dufort—have been in the band until 2019, when Willams quit. Original lead guitarist and singer Kelly Johnson died of cancer in 2007.
In 1975, school friends and neighbours from Wandsworth, South London, Kim McAuliffe and Dinah Enid Williams formed an all-girl rock cover band called Painted Lady, together with Tina Gayle on drums. Deirdre Cartwright joined the new band on lead guitar, Val Lloyd replaced Gayle on drums and they started playing the local pub scene. "The reason we were all girls was we couldn’t find any blokes who wanted to play with us! This was the natural thing to do", McAuliffe explained to Gary Graff in 1997 about the all-female composition of the band. Cartwright, older and more musically experienced than the other members, left in 1977 to form the band Tour De Force and followed different professional opportunities in the music business, her place in the band was taken by visiting American Kathy Valentine, who approached the band through an advertisement in the British music newspaper Melody Maker. When Valentine returned to the United States in 1978 to form the Textones and join The Go-Go's as bass player, Painted Lady broke up.
However, McAuliffe and Williams were still willing to pursue a musical career to escape their day jobs in a bank and a bakery. The new line-up changed their name to Girlschool—taking it from "Girls' School", the B-side of the hit single "Mull of Kintyre" by Paul McCartney and Wings— and hit the road, touring small venues in France and Great Britain. In December 1978, Girlschool released their first single, "Take It All Away", on the independent record label City Records, owned by Phil Scott, a friend of the band; the single circulated in the underground scene. He, together with Motörhead and Hawkwind manager Doug Smith, went to see the band performing live and offered them a support slot on Motörhead's Overkill tour in the spring of 1979; this was the start of an enduring relationship between the two bands. After the tour and a few other shows supporting Welsh band Budgie, Doug Smith became the manager of Girlschool and obtained an audition with the British label Bronze Records, at the time home of Uriah Heep, Motörhead and Juicy Lucy.
Bronze's owner Gerry Bron. The British rock movement known as the new wave of British heavy metal, which started in the late 1970s and broke in the mainstream in the early 1980s, was just exploding in the United Kingdom and the band gained the support of a strong label at the right time to exploit the moment and form a solid fan base; the band entered the recording studio with experienced producer Vic Maile in April 1980. Vic Maile had been working as live sound engineer for many important acts, like The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Kinks and Jimi Hendrix, producing the first two seminal albums of Dr. Feelgood and a few punk bands in the late 1970s, he captured the raw but powerful sound of Girlschool in ten short songs, with lead vocals shared by Williams, McAuliffe and Johnson. Girlschool released their debut album, Demolition, in June 1980, alongside the singles "Emergency", "Nothing to Lose" and "Race with the Devil". Demolition reached No.28 in the UK Album Chart in July 1980. In the same period and singles from Judas Priest, Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, Motörhead and other bands of the NWOBHM reached high positions in the UK charts, while the same bands did tours and concerts all over Europe.
Girlschool participated in this frenzied touring activity, travelling in Great Britain and visiting Europe both as headliner act and as support to label mates Uriah Heep and Motörhead. On 20 August and Motörhead were filmed performing live at the Nottingham Theatre Royal for the Rockstage programme, broadcast by the ATV station on 4 April 1981. In this period, the band was subjected to intense media coverage by music magazines, radio and TV, interested in the novelty of a successful British all-female metal band; the barrage of interviews and promotion did not stop the production of songs and the girls released the new single "Yeah Right" in November 1980. In December 1980, Girlschool started recording the follow-up to Demolition, again with producer Vic Maile, who had meanwhile produced Motörhead's classic album Ace of Spades. During the sessions, Maile suggested a studio recording team-up with Motörhead, resulting in the release of the EP St. Valentine'
The Warroad–Sprague Border Crossing connects the cities of Warroad and community of Sprague, Manitoba on the Canada–United States border. This crossing is connected by Minnesota State Highway 313 on the American side and Manitoba Highway 12 on the Canadian side. Both highways form part of MOM's Way, the network of four highways that form a route between Thunder Bay and Ste. Anne, Manitoba; this crossing is frequently used by U. S. residents traveling between the mainland and Northwest Angle, an enclave of Minnesota that can only be reached by boat or road via Manitoba. This crossing is the first land crossing west of the Great Lakes, not at a bridge or tunnel; the U. S. replaced its border crossing in 2010 with an elaborate 40,000 square foot facility that won architectural design awards. The new facility was built more than a half mile south of the previous border inspection station. Canada last replaced the Sprague border station in 1973. List of Canada–United States border crossings
Porky's is a video game released for the Atari 2600 in 1983. The game is published by 20th Century Fox. An Atari 8-bit family version was published by Romox on cartridge; the player controls the film character Pee Wee. In order to do this, Pee Wee must collect a series of objects. In order to access the shower room the player must first try to get Pee Wee across a five-lane highway without getting hit, similar to the game mechanic in Frogger. If something makes contact with Pee Wee before he can cross the street, he is dropped into the swamp below Porky's. From here, he must build a ladder by retrieving blocks atop two platforms. In order to get onto the platforms, Pee Wee must use a pole to hoist himself up. Once he gets enough blocks, he can climb into the shower room from below; the shower room consists of a series of ladders that Pee Wee must climb to retrieve the objects while a girl showers. If Pee Wee crosses into the girl's line of sight at any time, the film character Ms. Balbricker will appear and begin chasing after him.
Pee Wee must move the object from atop the shower down through a hole in the floor and climb out of the room through an opening at the top. If Ms. Balbricker "latches onto" him, or if Pee Wee steps into the hole in the floor, he falls back into the swamp and must try again. However, this time he is only allowed to vault onto the leftmost platform as Porky's brother, the local sheriff, is standing on the right platform. Despite this new hazard, Pee Wee does not have to rebuild the ladder. Once Pee Wee retrieves the object, the process repeats itself until he has found the necessary number of objects. For each object he retrieves, one lane of the highway is cleared and he cannot be harmed by anything in it. After all the objects have been dropped into the hole, play moves to a scaffold where Pee Wee tries to reach the roof of the bar while Porky waits for him down below; the scaffold resets every time Pee Wee makes a mistake. If he misses a step, Pee Wee falls onto the ground where Porky catches him and tosses him back into the swamp.
To win, Pee Wee must avoid Porky. If he does, he is taken to an area with a plunger. All that must be done here is for Pee Wee to jump on the plunger, which creates an explosion and causes Porky's to sink into the swamp