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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. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Love Lita Ford! One rockin Bid!!!!
Rocken with lita...
Thank you Lita... I may not have made it through a few times of my life unimaginable if it wasn't for you helping.
One of the best girl singers there is. I freaked on her first album, been a huge fan ever since. She helped me through some tough times<><
Lita ford is the best out of anyone
This song is so cool love it!!!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters.
Love this song!!!! Lita rocked great voice!!!!!
Lita, you helped me through very hard times... Thank you<><
Lita still rocks saw her last year live
Good cover of Elton Johns B**ch is back!
"Fabulous Babe" back then. Wasn't she in the runaways with Joan Jett?
Thank god for the oldies!
STILL HOT AND BEAUTIFUL. KEEP ROCKIN GIRL LOVE YA.
651026426
Lita's amazing, and beautiful!!! ! <33333
Lita ROCKS! You have been my idol since I was 7 and first heard Cherry Bomb by the Runaways! Don't stop rockin'!
Lita and Ozzy. Awesome. 80's unreal.
Love this song
reillyh416
She's my hero!
I grew up with her music. She rocks.
The Woman can belt it out with the best AND play rythym guitar and lead!!! Sumthun else again!
Joan Jett, her bandmate in The Runaways, is hotter in my opinion, but I LOVE Lita Ford...and these two women were pioneers in the metal industry!
tiamene18
She's the sexiest,hott e s t 80's chick!!!!
nixfix
It's our song, JC!! Rock hard and I'm toasting to our memories :)
ALL A REMINDER OF DAYS GONE
AWESOME SONG!
xscout577
Will always love Lita.
awsome songs
man,i love lita ford,she is bad,and she rock
Lita Ford she is for sure the Heavy Metal Goddess and she always has been i just Love her!!!
lita..whaooo . l o v e her music
Lita, that says it all.
xsarah_g
Loved her when she came to Lockport, NY in '09.
I like when her and ozzy played and sang together.
Lita Ford is the Goddess of all Heavy Metal; All men want to nail her and all females want to be her!!!!!!
bbyloca
love her music even though she is a total b*tch, but still love her lol
She is just awesome... No matter what.
One of my all time favorites. I hope Pandora will put all of her albums on here eventually. She's one of the best guitarists I've ever heard.
fckin beautiful
Ozzy's female counterpart = FTW
Lita Ford FTW
brian8024
Shawiiiing.. . .Giggity!
fenderbender j o e
One of the best female artitsts out there.
eldridge5
love you
doll.

<3 Lita Ford all the way :D
ajmancilla67
Love her...she needs to stop waiting for "something to come along to kick rock 'n' roll in the a**" and become that "someone" to get it started. New production and a progressive jam...it's hottness all over again.
I miss her,she is one of the women in my life in the 80's
got to love her,she has moxy and spice
Lita is a sexy woman,who can play and sing metal with the best of them. She was ahead of her time.
My favorite song from her is Lisa well I like most of them, She is was A great Artist.
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