Play Dirty (album)

Play Dirty (album)

Infobox Album
Name = Play Dirty
Type = studio
Artist = Girlschool

Released = 1983
Recorded =
Genre = Heavy metal
Length = 40:14
53:50 (re-issue)
Label = Bronze
Producer = Noddy Holder
Jim Lea
Reviews = *Allmusic Rating|1.5|5 [ original]
* Allmusic Rating|1.5|5 [ re-issue]
Last album = "Screaming Blue Murder"
This album = "Play Dirty"
Next album = "Running Wild"

"Play Dirty" was the fourth studio album by British heavy metal band, Girlschool, released on Bronze Records in 1983 and produced by Noddy Holder and Jim Lea from the hard rock band Slade.

It was the first Girlschool album not to enter the UK Top 40 album chart and signalled a general downturn in their career, along with an inclination towards a more soft rock sound. Kelly Johnson left the band soon after the release and an intended US-tour never materialised.

In the UK, three singles were lifted from the album, each having a picture-sleeve:

"1-2-3-4"/ "Tush"/ "Don't Call It Love" on 7-inch, the 12-inch adding "1-2-3-4" (extended version) and "Emergency". (1983)"Tush" was a re-recording of the ZZ Top song the band covered on "Hit and Run", with Kim McAuliffe on vocals instead of Enid Williams.

"20th Century Boy"/ "Breaking All The Rules" on 7-inch, the 12-inch adding "Like It Like That". (1983)

"Burning In The Heat"/ "Surrender" as both the 7-inch and 12-inch single release. (1984)

In 2005, Castle subsidiary Sanctuary re-issued the album with bonus tracks, although none were new to CD, having been on compilation albums.

"20th Century Boy" is a T. Rex cover.

Track listing

#"Going Under" – 4:16
#"High N Dry" – 3:09
#"Play Dirty" – 5:03
#"20th Century Boy" – 3:28
#"Breaking All the Rules" – 3:02
#"Burning in the Heat" – 3:19
#"Surrender" – 3:23
#"Rock Me Shock Me" – 4:28
#"Running for Cover" – 3:11
#"Breakout (Knob in the Media)" – 3:23
#;2005 re-issue had the following bonus tracks
#"Don't Call It Love" – 3:23
#"Tush" – 2:13
#"Like It Like That" – 3:28
#"1 2 3 4 Rock N Roll" – 4:32


* Kim McAuliffe – rythm guitar vocals on tracks 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
* Kelly Johnson – lead guitar, vocals on tracks 1, 2, 4, 6
* Gil Weston – backing vocals, bass
* Denise Dufort – drums

* Produced by Noddy Holder and Jim Lea

External links

* [ Official Girlschool discography]

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