The first artist signed to Metal Blade, Bitch blended the rumbling style of Girlschool with the riffage of early Judas Priest. The group was fronted by Betsy “Bitch” Weiss, a theatrical frontwoman who played a dominatrix onstage and wrote fun, spirited songs like “Leatherbound” and “Live For the Whip.” Weiss wasn’t the most powerful vocalist, but she could carry a tune well enough, and the band’s musicianship was simple, primal and powerful, complimenting Weiss’s sexually-charged delivery. They may not be remembered as the most important Metal Blade band of all time, but Bitch made mainstream tough-chick rock like Pat Benatar and Joan Jett sound about as dangerous as Cyndi Lauper.
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