Rock Goddess are an English all-female heavy metal band from Wandsworth, South London,
originally consisting of 13-year old school friends Jody Turner (vocals/guitar) and Tracey
Lamb (bass), along with Jody’s 9-year- old sister Julie on drums. Formed in 1977 by Jody and
Julie’s father, John Turner, a musician himself, he also owned a music store and rehearsal
rooms where the girls developed their craft until they were ready to start playing some low
key gigs. An offer to headline the legendary Marquee club in Wardour Street, London, was a
pivotal point in their careers and soon record companies showed interest. After an
appearance at the Reading Festival in 1982, the band signed a recording
contract with A&M.
The trio were initially active during the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal music movement
(NWOBHM), releasing two singles that entered the Top 75 charts in the UK, and had a cult
following throughout the 1980s.
They released their eponymous debut studio album with record producer Vic Maile in
February 1983, and at that time there were temporary legal problems – Julie Turner was still
a minor attending high school and she was restricted in the number of live shows that she
could participate in. Also during this period, Kat Burbella briefly joined the band as a second
guitarist, and Tracey Lamb became disgruntled and quit the band, initially forming the band
She with Burbella, but then joining Girlschool in 1987. She was replaced by Dee O'Malley,
who played the bass guitar and keyboards on the band's second studio album, Hell Hath No
Fury, which was produced by Chris Tsangarides and released in October 1983. The band co-
headlined with Y&T, supported Iron Maiden and Def Leppard on UK and European tours,
and embarked on their own headlining tours. O'Malley announced her pregnancy just
before Rock Goddess' first US tour and left the band. Rock Goddess left A&M with their
third album unfinished and unreleased. O'Malley was replaced by Julia Longman on bass
guitar, and Becky Axten on keyboards
In 1987, their third studio album was released exclusively in France, with the title Young and
Free, however, due to insurmountable problems Rock Goddess disbanded shortly
thereafter. In 1988, the Turner sisters reappeared as the Jody Turner Band with two male
musicians, but they did not go beyond the local club circuit. Jody Turner fronted a new line-
up of Rock Goddess in 1994. After a name change to Braindance, the band disbanded again
In March 2013, it was announced that the original line-up of Jody Turner, Julie Turner, and
Tracey Lamb had reformed. But it wasn’t for another two years they started to gig, mostly
playing the European festival circuit including a headline appearance in the UK (Hard Rock
Hell NWOBHM) and France (festival de Vouziers). As well as successful slots performing at
Sweden Rock and Headbangers Open Air Germany, a special guest slot to Lita Ford in
London and their own sold-out headline show at the London Borderline.
In May 2017 a 3-track EP, ‘It’s More Than Rock And Roll’ was released to global, critical
acclaim, a video for the title track premiered on Vintage TV.
During a sell-out support tour with Saxon in February 2018, they declared that a new album
would be released in the autumn.
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“Since the three reunited in 2013, they’ve proven to be an energised, committed live band
not reliant on past glories, but hell bent on the pursuit of an even more electrifying future.
Of course, in those formative years, the three went out to establish themselves by taking
the best influences and twisting these to suit their talents. Now, though, they have a
heritage to live up to. And do it with the confidence, craftsmanship and charisma of a band
who know their considerable worth”. – MALCOLM DOME (CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE)