Blondes have more fun ...from runaway-girls to metal-queens !
From her teen-angst activities of all female legendary rebelicious hardrock act THE RUNAWAYS ...to solo-charting LPs and blazing lead-guitar works: Lita Ford is the first official hardrock/heavymetal lady of the pack !
The year 1988, the right time for rocknroll, the height of the glamrock craze: big choruses, big hair, big eye-liner, big lipstick and big make-up and those are just from the guys in the bands ! ...yet in this all-male dominated realm, beside the naughty groupies, no room for ladies ...or was there ? Following THE RUNAWAYS's acrimonious disintegration, Lita went solo. After a couple of lukewarm received LPs in the early 80s, album number three, 1988's simply entitled Lita, remains her top and most acclaimed achievement.
The suave opener "Back To The Cave" sets the mood as she tip-toes with some nice lead fret-burning. The fast-n-furious double-bass "Can't Catch Me" is all speedmetal rhythm, spiting fire on every verse ...that's one Ford-engine that won't stop. The MTV darling and signature-track anthem "Kiss Me Deadly" was meant to be a show-stopper, and it was, has it became an instant hardrock-classic. "Fatal Passion" is another heavy-pounding number that could've easily been attributed to AC/DC, yet Lita is in charge. The mid-pace and progressive piece "Broken Dreams" raise the bar a little bit towards glamrock perfection.
But when all is said and sung, the center-piece of the LP and Lita's most recognizable track, features a very special unlikely guest with the Prince Of Darkness himself: Mister Ozzy Osbourne. The stunning power-ballad "Close My Eyes Forever" is a full duet and the first male/female duet in the hardrock-genre. The acoustic-guitar intro welcomes Ford's velvety vocals while Osbourne's reply takes another twist in the plot. The palpable tension build's up to epic proportion and eventually climaxes with Ford's 6-string mesmerizing lead-melody. Beauty in madness ! Certified one of the greatest hardrock ballads of all-time, it stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the "Every Rose Has It's Thorn", "Wanted Dead Or Alive", "18 And Life" and "Home Sweet Home" of this euphoric era.
Having been romantically linked with some of hardrock's top bad-asses Nikki Sixx, Tony Iommi, Chris Holmes and Jim Gillette ...remember that Lita is one tough lady. Front-women, singer, guitarist and composer, in the history-books, Mrs. Ford will forever be remembered as the heavymetal-queen of the 1980s, a true rock-icon, kicking serious ass with a Warlock in stilettos !
Kiss Me Deadly - video
Close My Eyes Forever - video
Interview at MuchMusic in 1988
Live in Germany in 1988
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