Somehow, in the midst of my teenage love for all things glam in the 1980s, I never even knew that this band, made up of members who would later go to L.A. Guns (Phil Lewis) and Def Leppard (Phil Collen), even existed. On a chance Internet search for something else, I stumbled upon Girl. Apparently, a hefty price is being fetched for their first and second albums, so I will have to resort to nefarious means to obtain them (or, make due with the free tracks on “their” MySpace page). So, while I’m doing that, enjoy these two videos: the first, a KISS cover song, and the second, a track later re-recorded by L.A. Guns.
I have a real love for this era of rock (late ’70s – early ’80s), with bands such as The Runaways, Cheap Trick, Fastway, Angel Witch, Hanoi Rocks, and the spate of other acts that Girl so deftly represents. Probably showing my age more than anything else on this one. Still, what an uncanny resemblance Phil Collen has in these clips to Jeanine from This Is Spinal Tap. And, clearly, Phil Lewis was considerably older than we had thought during the L.A. Guns years. Yeah, someone should have told me about this band back then. Probably would have helped if I’d been British.