Girlschool

1-2-3-4 Rock'n'Roll EP

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For most of 1982, Bronze Records was working Girlschool into the ground, whisking them from concert tours to recordings sessions with little regard for their health or sanity -- much less to the possibility they were saturating the market with excess product. A clear case of the latter, the four-track 1-2-3-4 Rock'n'Roll EP was both rushed and, well, totally unnecessary -- so much so that the girls supposedly abandoned the incomplete sessions for labelhead Gerry Bron and his engineers to have their way with them. This they did, turning an already ill-conceived title track featuring a cheerleader-style count-off chant into nothing more than an obvious Joan Jett rip-off by way of Sweet. Completing the debacle was a cover of ZZ Top's "Tush," which the band had already pulled off in superior fashion the previous year, the less-than-exciting "Don't Call It Love," which had already featured on two other releases that same year, and yet another remake of old favorite "Emergency."