’80s metal rockers Girlschool active as ever 

click to enlarge British band Girlschool is teaming with Motörhead on its 40th anniversary tour. - COURTESY PARMOUR GROUP
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  • British band Girlschool is teaming with Motörhead on its 40th anniversary tour.

Kim McAuliffe believes that most of the early-1980s albums with her all-female metal combo Girlschool have been recently remastered, with bonus tracks. But she admittedly loses track of the catalog, because she no longer owns the rights to it. “We were like a lot of bands in those days, when we were first starting – you basically sold your career away,” says the British singer-guitarist, 56. “But now we’ve got a lot more control over what we do.” She refers to Girlschool’s last efforts, a newly-tracked “Revisited” version of its vintage “Hit and Run,” and a new album in August, “Guilty as Sin,” featuring an explosive cover of The Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive.”

You and your beau Carl live in the English countryside now, where you have to catch a bus into town?

Yeah. I don’t drive – I’ve never driven. And travel isn’t so bad on weekdays, There’s one bus that goes every half-hour. But on the weekends, it’s every two hours, so it’s quite a palaver, getting around. And I normally go to Manning Tree Station to catch the train – it’s the nearest little town, where the last witch in the country was actually hanged.

Are there times you think about trading Girlschool for the quiet rural life?

Yeah – every week, nearly! I’ve got a half-acre garden, and I’m growing my own veggies. So I would quite happily stay here. But Girlschool is quite busy this year already. We recorded “Guilty as Sin” in January, and we’re supporting Motorhead on their 40th anniversary tour of Europe this fall. After this American tour, we’ve only got a couple of festivals, and we’ve got the summer off. So I’m going to look forward to my summer in my garden. With my rabbits!

Rabbits?

I’ve got four rescue rabbits. Where we were living before, this hutch suddenly appeared in a neighbor’s driveway, with a poor rabbit in it that was just in darkness and not getting any food or water. So I ended up getting it, even though I knew nothing about rabbits. Then, of course, I had to get another one to go with her, Veronica, so we got little Eddie. And where Carl works, a guy’s wife came home with a rabbit, but they were just going to let it go, so we ended up with Alfie. Then we had to get a friend for Alfie. So at a rabbit rescue center, we got Luna. I’m going to try to stick to four!

What advice would you give to young female musicians?

Don’t listen to too many other people – listen to yourself. Because normally, when you feel something isn’t right, it probably isn’t. So trust your instinct, and go with it.

IF YOU GO

Girlschool

Where: Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.

When: 8 p.m. May 24

Tickets: $25

Contact: (415) 522-0333, www.slimspresents.com

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