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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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The 80's will always ROCK.. Hey, do you pay attention? We recycle music, clothes..... . e t c . . . . . . .
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simara.cano
One of my favorite songs... I remember the music video... Classic!!!
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Lita always was a great guitar and great rock star.love the chic.
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Just A Feeling, , Lita is one of my favorite female vocalist. Seen her many times, the chic can rock, puts on a great concert. ROCK ON EVERYONE
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Former Runaways guitarist still rockin ' n' rollin.
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hack
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I'm glad the drummer of twisted sister died
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The 80's were awesome!!!!!
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Kiss me once ... Awesome !!!
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Lita,keep taking my soul to the depths
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Ozzy you make this song worth singing. Lita... Call me... I told you not to do a one night stand but you broke my heart instead.
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The best female singer ever
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Lita kiss me deadly!!!
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I spy a tranny
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Lisa
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Hotness lita..:-:-:-
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She is definitely one bad a** b**ch & I say this with much respect & admiration. Remember seeing this video on MTV as a teen & thinkn, hell yea girl! show all those guys how heavy metal should be done :) She's a strong female role model & can never have enough of those in the world.
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This is one bad a** b**ch. She's awesome on stage...
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Love Lita Ford! One rockin Bid!!!!
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Rocken with lita...
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Thank you Lita... I may not have made it through a few times of my life unimaginable if it wasn't for you helping.
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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<><
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Lita ford is the best out of anyone
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This song is so cool love it!!!
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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.
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Love this song!!!! Lita rocked great voice!!!!!
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Lita, you helped me through very hard times... Thank you<><
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Lita still rocks saw her last year live
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\m/
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Good cover of Elton Johns B**ch is back!
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"Fabulous Babe" back then. Wasn't she in the runaways with Joan Jett?
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Thank god for the oldies!
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STILL HOT AND BEAUTIFUL. KEEP ROCKIN GIRL LOVE YA.
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651026426
Lita's amazing, and beautiful!!! ! <33333
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Lita ROCKS! You have been my idol since I was 7 and first heard Cherry Bomb by the Runaways! Don't stop rockin'!
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Lita and Ozzy. Awesome. 80's unreal.
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Love this song
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reillyh416
She's my hero!
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I grew up with her music. She rocks.
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The Woman can belt it out with the best AND play rythym guitar and lead!!! Sumthun else again!
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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!
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tiamene18
She's the sexiest,hott e s t 80's chick!!!!
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nixfix
It's our song, JC!! Rock hard and I'm toasting to our memories :)
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ALL A REMINDER OF DAYS GONE
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AWESOME SONG!
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xscout577
Will always love Lita.
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awsome songs
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man,i love lita ford,she is bad,and she rock
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Lita Ford she is for sure the Heavy Metal Goddess and she always has been i just Love her!!!
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lita..whaooo . l o v e her music
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