LITA FORD (1958–). Along with Joan Jett, Lita Ford was one of the two members of the teen punk/metal/exploitation all-girl band the Runaways from the late seventies and early eighties who went on to solo success. Ford’s career peaked in the 1980s pop metal scene with a string of successful releases. Like, Jett, Ford’s tough girl with a guitar image did much to open rock to the idea of women who could play their instruments as well as any man, even if Ford’s own image often involved a certain amount of calculated cheesecake.
After the release of her first two light metal albums, 1983’s Out for Blood and 1984’s Dancin’ on the Edge, which were moderately successful at best, Ford returned in 1988 with Lita. Given a slick sheen by producer/songwriter Mike Chapman, the album featured the hits “Kiss Me Deadly” and “Close My Eyes Forever,” a ballad duet with Ozzy Osbourne which made the top ten. Unfortunately, her commercial success was short-lived, as her follow-ups, Stiletto (1990) and Dangerous Curves (1991), failed to replicate Lita’s success, and tastes turned toward alternative rock.
Discography: Out for Blood (Mercury, 1983); Dancin’ on the Edge (Mercury, 1984); Lita (Dreamland, 1988); Stiletto (RCA, 1990); Dangerous Curves (RCA, 1991); Black (ZYX, 1995); In Concert [live] (Records, 2004); The Best of Lita Ford (Dreamland, 1992); Platinum & Gold Collection (RCA/BMG Heritage, 2004); Greatest Hits Live! (Cleopatra, 2006); Best of Lita Ford: Kiss Me Deadly (Collectables, 2006); The Best of Lita Ford (Synergie, 2006); Kiss Me Deadly: Live (Cleopatra, 2008).