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

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