HistoryBetsy Weiss, the leather-clad front woman of Bitch, had absorbed much influence from the likes of Alice Cooper and The Runaways. The Bitch name was actually a suggestion of guitarist Carruth, who would also later be Betsy’s boyfriend/husband. Incidentally, drummer Settles would later marry Weiss’ sister! Badaxe also featured Dana Strum who would go on to play in Slaughter. The monicker existed even before Betsy was recruited. Betsy-fronted Bitch (or is that Bitch-fronted Bitch?) changed monikers to Betsy to be more accessible, make a TV appearance and sell more records. The band reverted to Bitch When it ended up selling fewer records than before!
Betsy Weiss was originally a ska singer in the band The Boxing Boys circa 1980. The band appeared on the LA scene with a 1982 EP called Damnation Alley and was something of a staple on the Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip. The group appeared on the original Metal Massacre and was the first to be signed to Metal Blade. Slayer opened for Bitch. That first EP was self-financed. Bitch also appeared on a compilation called The Sound Of Hollywood Girls from which a 7" EP was culled. Betsy also planned a project called Bet-z, but eventually canned the idea. A Rose By Any Other Name was a compilation EP, featuring a new song and remixes, issued by Metal Blade in 1989.
Bitch got off an S&M image and was often described as having a rough 'n ready Motörhead sound. One of the records is obviously released under the Betsy monicker.
In late 2002 Bitch reappeared on the street and was booked at the Bang Your Head Festival. This would be the band's first European show. The reformed band also contributed a song called Infatuation to the Metal Blade anniversary compilation. The band confirmed a one-off show in Los Angeles at Roxy on October 10th, 2006. The band also played a one-off show at Paladino’s in Tarzana, California in 2007. Singer Betsy joined Witch in September of 2008. The band had last disbanded in 1991.
Bitch appeared at the Keep It True XIV festival, which was held April 29-30, 2011 in Germany, with the band Anger As Art backing singer Betsy. Robby Settles had died due to cancer in 2010. Bitch has been working on a new album with a new line-up since.