from Iron Fist zine: A love for hard rock and heavy metal convinced two school friends, and the singer’s younger sister, aged just nine at the time, to form a band. That band would go on to win them support slots with the likes of Iron Maiden, front covers of Kerrang! and record deals with major labels. And now they’re back! GREG MOFFIT meets ROCK GODDESS and discovers that LOVE LINGERS STILL Formed in Wandsworth, south London in 1977, Rock Goddess were one of the few all-girl rock bands of their era. The original line-up of sisters Jody (guitar/vocals) and Julie Turner (drums) alongside bassist and school friend Tracey Lamb released just two albums at the height of their fame, but they remain one of the most memorable acts from the NWOBHM, and not just as members of the fairer sex. In ’77, Jody and Tracey were a mere thirteen – that’s one three – years old, while Julie was – wait for it – just nine. They may have still been several years away from gigging or recording, but their sheer fresh-faced innocence places them none too far from the likes of The Jackson Five in terms of diaper-to-stage career curves. Casual observers might baulk at their inclusion in the NWOBHM, but they were right at the heart of it. Beyond generic notions of what a typical band of the day sounded like, the NWOBHM was a surprisingly broad (pun intended) church, and the Rock Goddess sound – gritty, thudding, straight-for-the-throat, with the occasional ballad tossed in – captured the working class, street life zeitgeist as well as any other. Managed by Jody and Julie’s father John, the girls enjoyed an almost meteoric rise to fame compared to some of their male counterparts – it was almost as if the testosterone-fuelled press hadn’t seen an all-girl outfit before – but they duly paid their dues in the sweaty, piss-stained pubs and clubs, asked no favours and received no special treatment. When success did arrive, it was well-deserved. By contrast, line-up disruption and record company woes tragically meant that albums three and four achieved almost nothing. Album three remains in a dust-covered vault somewhere, unreleased to this day, while album four appeared only in France. We’ll leave you to decide which record suffered the worse fate. Our tale of ladies, leather and hot licks, however, begins at the beginning… “Our dad’s a musician and had been in the business since forever,” Jody recalls, “so for me and Julie, that’s how we became involved in music. Tracey was my best friend from school. My dad also had a rehearsal room and one day I brought Tracey down for a jam and from that minute the band was literally born. We were very, very young so it’s all a bit vague! But I do remember that first day at rehearsal and Julie with her school skirt on behind the kit. We were all buzzing that we were in a band!” * * Rock Goddess LIVE (Keep It True Festival 2016) ROCK GODDESS Satisfied Then Crucified + God Be With You [Live 2016 Vouziers] ROCK GODDESS My Angel + Flying to See You [Live 2016 Vouziers] facebook.com/Rockgoddessrocks/
Friday, March 17, 2017
The New Wave of British Heavy Metal band Rock Goddess was gone for a long, long time, but they always felt like they had more music to give. They have been reunited for several years now. Below you will find a little bit of footage of the band in action in the recent years. You will also find information from Wikipedia and from Iron Fist zine, from an interview with said publication.