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

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