Excerpt from MetalUnderground.com
Can a “trashy Victorian glam” look and one big video hit lead the way to sell more than one million copies of an album? If it’s the late eighties, the name of the band is Britny Fox, and that hit is “Girlschool”, the answer is YES.
Britny Fox formed in 1985 in Philadelphia. The band was originally fronted by lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist "Dizzy" Dean Davidson. The band also featured Billy Childs on bass, former Cinderella guitarist Michael Kelly Smith on lead guitar and former Cinderella drummer Tony Destra on drums. Soon after securing a major recording contract (via their Cinderella connections) Tony Destra was killed in a car accident. Facing a tour, the band recruited drummer, John Diteodoro.
The band released a demo in 1986 titled “In America”, which drummer Tony Destra played on, and a demo in 1987 titled “Rock Is Gonna Fight”, which drummer Adam West played on. The band's self-titled debut album, released in 1988, was one of the most successful premieres, selling more than one million copies. They also won Metal Edge Magazine's 1988 Reader's Choice Award for Best New Band. Much of the success was due to the track titled “Girlschool” and the all-important video that received much air time on MTV. The loyal followers of this band are quick to point out the album as a whole made Britny Fox successful, and that may be true . But there is no denying what kick started their success.
The video for “Girlschool” begins with a creepy janitor peeping into the classroom of an all-girls high school. A girl enters the classroom with an old-school walkman (the one with the orange ear phones) and sits down. The teacher, who has that hot Kathy Bates look going, hears the treble pouring from the foam ear phones, walks up to the student, and cuts the cord. BAM! Just like that the back drop becomes Britny Fox. First thoughts? Holy shit that is a lot of hair, and hey wait, is this Cinderella? As the band plays the girls get naughty, loosening buttons and hiking up their skirts. The hair also gets bigger: It’s an Eighties Glam miracle!
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