Al started her musical career with a political musical theatre group in North Staffordshire, UK called "Limited Theatre Warfare" where she wrote a play called "Blam!!" and lots of song lyrics. She then moved on to learning to play bass and co-writing songs, forming a local band called Day Five - not strictly anarchist but definitely feminist and political - anti-war and anti-establishment. Al was at the time a massive Au Pairs fan so they were quite a big influence
Day Five's first gig was playing support to Poison Girls at Tunstall Town Hall and they played local music venues with a highlight being support to Au Pairs, at what is now Staffordshire University.
Al was very active in local feminist groups and CND so it was inevitable she would gravitate to Greenham (Greenham Common - the women's peace camp, 1981 - 2000)
She left Day Five when she met Heff and moved to Birmingham UK to form the duo, Toxic Shock.