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

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