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Lita Ford

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

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