Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Lita Ford--Kiss Me Deadly/Close My Eyes Forever (1988)

     When The Runaways broke up in the early 1979, the focus went to the careers of Cherie Currie and then a couple of years later to Joan Jett as both went solo. Lead guitarist Lita Ford took some time to continue working on her singing skills and released her first solo album, "Out For Blood" in 1983 and a follow up, "Dancin' On The Edge". Neither made the kind of impact that Ford had hoped for, so she went to work with Tony Iommi as producer on her next album. Both were pleased with the result, but for some reason that has still to be explained, the album was never released. This led Ford to make a change that would have a huge impact on her career.
     She signed a contract with RCA Records, and hired Sharon Osbourne Management to help rebuild her career. Osbourne had gained a lot of respect in the industry for her no nonsense, take no prisoners approach having rebuild her husband Ozzy's career. Ford began to streamline her hard rock approach that melded with the pop/metal that was being heard on the radio. This coupled with her decision to produce her own album resulted in "Lita" which gave her the two biggest hits of her career.
     "Kiss Me Deadly" was released in 1988 and reached #12 on the charts. Early in 89', "Close My Eyes Forever", a duet with Ozzy Osbourne hit #8. She has released four albums since then, the most recent being "Living Like a Runaway" in 2012. You can find out more by going to:


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