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Lita Ford

One of two solo stars to spring from the ashes of the '70s all-girl hard rock band the Runaways, Lita Ford has long been a more frustrating, contradictory proposition for critics than former colleague Joan Jett. Ford is subtly feminist in her musical approach, displaying guitar heroics on the level of any male metal hero; the mere fact of her existence in the otherwise testosterone-driven heavy metal genre has made her a hero to some, but her persona has often been criticized as calculated to appeal to male adolescent sexual fantasies, simply embodying the standard wild-girl stereotypes of many male metal artists' lyrics. When she has the material to back her up, though, Ford is inarguably capable of rocking out aggressively and assertively. Ford was born on September 19, 1958, in London, emigrating to the U.S. as a young child. She began playing the guitar at age 11; just five years later, she joined the Kim Fowley-produced Runaways, an all-female project designed to mix the aggression of simple, punky hard rock with teenage bad-girl sex appeal. When the band dissolved, Ford took voice lessons and embarked on a solo career, supporting herself through a variety of jobs (gas station attendant, perfume salesperson, fitness instructor, hairdresser, etc.). She released her debut album, Out for Blood, in 1983; it was followed the next year by Dancin' on the Edge. Nothing was heard from Ford for the next four years; the follow-up to Dancin' on the Edge, titled The Bride Wore Black, was abandoned and never released, as Ford switched from Mercury to RCA. By the time Ford returned, the lighter pop-metal she had long favored had broken through to mainstream audiences, which set the stage for her most successful album, 1988's Lita. Slickly produced by Mike Chapman, the album featured Ford's first hit, the number 12 "Kiss Me Deadly"; its follow-up, a duet with Ozzy Osbourne entitled "Close My Eyes Forever," provided both artists with their first Top Ten single. Ford celebrated her newfound success with a marriage to W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes, but unfortunately, this, like her commercial success, would be short-lived. Follow-up efforts like 1990's Stiletto and 1991's Dangerous Curves failed to match the popcraft of Lita, and Ford found herself without a label after alternative's explosion in the early '90s. She married Jim Gillette, former vocalist with hair metal kings Nitro, had two children and moved to the Caribbean. She eventually re-emerged on the scene in the 21st century with the uncharacteristically heavy Wicked Wonderland in 2009. The album was released on her own label, JLRG Entertainment; the set was co-produced by Greg Hampton, Ford, and Gillette. In the years that followed Ford went through a particularly messy divorce with Gillette, and resurfaced in 2012 with eighth solo album Living Like a Runaway, a cathartic break up album with themes of divorce, betrayal and estrangement throughout. The album was co-produced by Gary Hoey and represented a return to the more tuneful pop metal Ford had enjoyed the most success with in the early 90's. In 2016, Ford published an eagerly anticipated tell-all autobiography entitled Living Like a Runaway in February, and released the album Time Capsule in April. The recording featured guest spots from Rick Neilsen, Robin Zander, Gene Simmons, and Dave Navarro. ~ Steve Huey
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Stations Featuring
Lita Ford

    Power Ballads

    Power Ballads
    1 song

    Classic Metal

    Classic Metal
    1 song

    Awesome '80s

    Awesome '80s
    2 songs

    Hair Metal

    Hair Metal
    2 songs

Albums by
Lita Ford

Top Songs by
Lita Ford

  1.   Song
  2.   Close My Eyes Forever
  3.   Kiss Me Deadly
  4.   Hungry
  5.   Gotta Let Go
  6.   Falling in and Out of Love
  7.   What Do You Know About Love
  8.   What Do Ya Know About Love
  9.   Mother
  10.   Relentless
  11.   Everything
  12.   Rock Candy
  13.   Dressed to Kill
  14.   Shot of Poison
  15.   Dedication
  16.   Anything for the Thrill
  17.   The Bitch is Back
  18.   Devil in My Head
  19.   Living Like a Runaway
  20.   Truth
  21.   Sacred
  22.   Indulge
  23.   Love
  24.   Where Will I Find My Heart Tonight
  25.   Killin' Kind
  26.   Fire in My Heart
  27.   Dancin' on the Edge
  28.   Little Black Spider
  29.   Tambourine Dream
  30.   Bad Love
  31.   Can't Catch Me
  32.   Larger Than Life
  33.   Cherry Red
  34.   Bad Boy
  35.   Only Women Bleed
  36.   Big Gun
  37.   Your Wake Up Call
  38.   Mr. Corruption
  39.   On the Fast Track
  40.   Rotten to the Core
  41.   Intro
  42.   Love 2 Hate U
  43.   Hate
  44.   Branded
  45.   Betrayal
  46.   Patriotic Sob
  47.   Crave
  48.   Nobody's Child
  49.   Lady Killer
  50.   War of the Angels
  51.   Run With the $
  52.   Don't Let Me Down Tonight
  53.   Broken Dreams
  54.   Fatal Passion
  55.   Boilin' Point
  56.   Out for Blood
  57.   Holy Man
  58.   Little Too Early
  59.   Black Widow
  60.   Hellbound Train
  61.   Back to the Cave
  62.   Playin' With Fire
  63.   Outro
  64.   The Ripper
  65.   Lisa
  66.   Blueberry
  67.   The Mask
  68.   Scream for Me
  69.   Push
  70.   Inside
  71.   Garden
  72.   Bed
  73.   Black Leather Heart
  74.   Stiletto
  75.   Little Wing
  76.   Asylum
  77.   Wicked Wonderland
  78.   Under the Gun
  79.   Aces & Eights
  80.   Hellraiser
  81.   King of the Wild Wind
  82.   Still Waitin'
  83.   Hit 'N Run
  84.   Piece
  85.   A Song to Slit Your Wrists By

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