Monday, June 27, 2011

The Runaways/Cherie Currie/Joan Jett/Lita Ford

The Runaways

The Runaways were an American all-girl rock band which was born in Los Angeles, California in 1975. Classic line-up consisted of singer Cherie Currie, lead guitarist Lita Ford, rhythm guitarist and alternate lead vocalist Joan Jett and drummer Sandy West. At one time Michael Steele (who would later form part of The Bangles) formed part of this band in 1975 but was fired after a 3-month stint. The group was born by drummer Sandy West and rhythm guitarist Joan Jett after they had both introduced themselves to producer Kim Fowley (who would later become their manager), who gave Jett's phone number to West. The two met on their own at West's home and later called Fowley to let him hear the outcome. Fowley then helped the girls find other members. Two decades later he said, "I didn't put The Runaways together, I had an idea, they had ideas, we all met, there was combustion and out of five different versions of that group came the five girls who were the ones that people liked." They headlined shows with opening acts such as Cheap Trick, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Van Halen. The documentary Edgeplay: A film about The Runaways, directed by former Runaway bassist Vicki Blue (aka Victory Tischler-Blue ) revealed that each girl patterned herself after her idols: Currie patterned her look after David Bowie, Jett after Suzi Quatro and Keith Richards, Ford as a cross between Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and Jeff Beck, West after Queen drummer Roger Taylor, and Fox after Kiss bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons. In the summer of 1977 the group arrived in Japan for a string of sold out shows. The Runaways were the number 4 imported music act in Japan at the time, behind only ABBA, Kiss and Led Zeppelin in terms of album sales and popularity. The girls were unprepared for the onslaught of fans that greeted them at the airport. The mass hysteria was later described by guitarist Jett as being "like Beatlemania". While in Japan, The Runaways had their own TV special, did numerous television appearances and released the live album Live in Japan that went gold. Also in Japan, Fox left the band shortly before the group was scheduled to appear at the 1977 Tokyo Music Festival. Jett temporarily took over bass duties and when the group returned home they replaced Fox with Vicki Blue. Cherie Currie left the band shortly thereafter to pursue a solo career. Due to disagreements over money and the management of the band, The Runaways and Kim Fowley parted ways in 1978. The group quickly hired new management, Toby Mamis, who also worked for Blondie and Suzi Quatro. Vicki Blue left the group due to her medical illness and was briefly replaced by Laurie McAllister in November 1978. Disagreement between band members included the musical style; Joan Jett wanted the band to take a musical change, shifting towards punk rock/glam rock while Lita Ford, backed by drummer Sandy West, wanted to continue playing hard rock/heavy metal music. Neither would accept the other's point of view. Finally, the band played their last concert on New Year's Eve 1978 at the Cow Palace near San Francisco and officially broke up in April 1979. Joan Jett later enjoyed huge success as part of her band Joan Jett & The Blackhearts; Lita Ford would also go on to having solo success; Sandy West unsuccessfully tried to put together bands such as The Sandy West Band. Ultimately she had to work in different fields such as construction to make ends meet and her untimely death by lung cancer took over her in 2006. Jackie Fox went on to law school eventually becoming an entertainment attorney. Lastly, Cherie Currie went on with her solo career briefly and later continued with her acting career. In 2010, a movie called The Runaways, based on Cherie Currie's memoir Neon Angel was released on cinemas and consisted of the story of the band, mainly focusing on Currie and Jett. The Runaways have been regarded as pioneers for being teenage girls who performed hard rock music and wrote their own songs. They've paved way to groups such as The Go-Go's, The Bangles, Vixen, The Donnas, among others.

The Runaways (1976)

The Runaways is the band's debut album, released in 1976. Website Allmusic has praised the record (especially band members Cherie Currie, Joan Jett and Lita Ford), comparing the band's music to material by Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and Guns N' Roses. According to multiple sources including Cherie Currie (in her memoir Neon Angel), the liner notes of the Raven Records release of The Runaways, and Fox herself, Blondie bassist Nigel Harrison played bass on the first album due to manager Kim Fowley refusing to let Fox play on the record. The documentary film Edgeplay: A film about The Runaways states that the album's first track "Cherry Bomb" was written ad hoc during the audition of lead singer Cherie Currie and is indeed referring to her. Currie was told to prepare a Suzi Quatro song for the audition; she picked "Fever", a song the band did not like to play. Instead they came up with a song idea which made fun of her first name. In 2009 "Cherry Bomb" was named the 52nd best hard rock song of all time by VH1. The album charted to #194 in the U.S.


1-) Cherry Bomb.
2-) You Drive Me Wild.
3-) Is It Day or Night?
4-) Thunder.
5-) Rock & Roll.
6-) Lovers.
7-) American Nights.
8-) Blackmail.
9-) Secrets.
10-) Dead End Justice.


Queens of Noise (1977)

Queens of Noise is The Runaways' second studio album, released in 1977. The album has been called "a pop-metal pinnacle" and the band's "outstanding sophomore effort". In 2008, Raven Records released a "2-For-1" CD with both The Runaways and Queens of Noise albums along with two selections from Waitin' for the Night. The album charted to #172 in the U.S.


1-) Queens of Noise.
2-) Take It or Leave It.
3-) Midnight Music.
4-) Born to Be Bad.
5-) Neon Angels on the Road to Ruin.
6-) I Love Playin' with Fire.
7-) California Paradise.
8-) Hollywood.
9-) Heartbeat.
10-) Johnny Guitar.

Live in Japan (1977)

Live in Japan is The Runaways' live album, released in 1977. The album recaptures one of the shows the band did in Japan at the height of their fame. In that same tour is when bass player Jackie Fox decided to call it quits with the band. The album was never domestically released in the United States.


1-) Queens of Noise.
2-) California Paradise.
3-) All Right You Guys.
4-) Wild Thing.
5-) Gettin' Hot.
6-) Rock-N-Roll.
7-) You Drive Me Wild.
8-) Neon Angels on the Road to Ruin.
9-) I Wanna Be Where the Boys Are.
10-) Cherry Bomb.
11-) American Nights.
12-) C'mon.

Waitin' for the Night (1977)

Waitin' for the Night is The Runaways' third studio album, released in 1977. This album was their first one recorded without former lead vocalist Cherie Currie and the first one with the new addition of bassist Vicki Blue.


1-) Little Sister.
2-) Wasted.
3-) Gotta Get Out Tonight.
4-) Wait for Me.
5-) Fantasies.
6-) School Days.
7-) Trash Can Murders.
8-) Don't Go Away.
9-) Waitin' for the Night.
10-) You're Too Possessive.


And Now…The Runaways (1978)

And Now…The Runaways is The Runaway's fourth and last studio album, released in 1978. However, it wasn't released in the United States until 1981 when Rhino Records issued it under the title Little Lost Girls, with a different cover photo and a different sequence of the songs. During the recording of the album, Vicki Blue left the band and the bass lines on the tracks are actually played by Lita Ford. "Black Leather" was originally a song written by ex-Sex Pistols member Steve Jones and Paul Cook for their band, The Professionals.


1-) Saturday Night Special.
2-) Eight Days a Week.
3-) Mama Weer All Crazee Now.
4-) I'm a Million.
5-) Right Now.
6-) Take Over.
7-) My Buddy and Me.
8-) Little Lost Girls.
9-) Black Leather.

Flaming Schoolgirls (1980)

Flaming Schoolgirls is The Runaway's compilation album, released in 1980 which consisted of unreleased material from the Queens of Noise sessions plus four leftover live tracks from their live album Live in Japan.


1-) Intro.
2-) Strawberry Fields.
3-) C'mon.
4-) Hollywood Cruising.
5-) Blackmail.
6-) Is It Day or Night?
7-) Here Comes the Sun.
8-) Hollywood Dream.
9-) Don't Abuse Me.
10-) I Love Playing with Fire.
11-) Secrets.

Cherie Currie

Cherie Currie was born on November 30, 1959 in Encino, California. She's the daughter of Don Currie and actress Marie Harmon. Her sisters are actress Sondra Currie and her twin, Marie Currie. Currie, not yet 16, was the teenage lead vocalist for the all-female rock band The Runaways with bandmates Joan Jett, Lita Ford, Sandy West and Jackie Fox. Bomp! magazine described her as "the lost daughter of Iggy Pop and Brigitte Bardot." However, her idol was David Bowie, who she modeled her image after. After three albums with The Runaways, (The Runaways, Queens of Noise, and Live in Japan ), Currie went on to record two independent albums (Beauty's Only Skin Deep for Polygram Records, and Messin' With The Boys with twin sister Marie Currie for Capitol Records). She then worked as an actress, starring in movies such as Foxes, Parasite, Wavelength, Twilight Zone: The Movie, The Rosebud Beach Hotel, Rich Girl, and others, as well as numerous guest spots on TV series (Matlock and Murder She Wrote, among others). Currie was a serious drug addict. She later wrote a memoir of her teen years called Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway. The book revolves around her struggles with drugs and alcohol, her dysfunctional family, and her days with The Runaways. The Runaways movie, a 2010 musical biographical drama film (which was executive-produced by Joan Jett), focuses on the group's early beginnings and explores the relationship between Currie and Jett. In the film Currie is portrayed by Dakota Fanning. Currie was married to actor Robert Hays in the 1990s and they had one son together, Jake Hays. They are now divorced. Currently, Currie is a wood carving artist who uses a chain saw to create her works. Currie is putting the finishing touches on a new album, produced by current Velvet Revolver drummer, ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum, due out in 2011. This will be Currie's first album since 1980. During an interview with Cherie Currie and Matt Sorum on That Metal Show, Matt revealed that ex-Guns N' Roses and current Velvet Revolver band mates Slash and Duff McKagan as well as Smashing Pumpkins vocalist Billy Corgan, who has written and sings a duet with Cherie are also on the album.

Beauty's Only Skin Deep

Beauty's Only Skin Deep is Cherie Currie's debut album, released in 1978. Cherie Currie recorded this album when Kim Fowley offered her the chance to do it when all she wanted was to take a break after she left The Runaways. Cherie Currie herself has stated that this album was a rushed affair.


1-) Call Me at Midnight.
2-) I Surrender.
3-) Beauty's Only Skin Deep.
4-) I Will Still Love You.
5-) Science Fiction Daze.
6-) I Like the Way You Dance.
7-) The Kind of Guy I Like.
8-) Love at First Sight (duet with her sister Marie Currie).
9-) The Only One.
10-) Young and Wild.

Messin' with the Boys (1980)

Messin' with the Boys is Cherie Currie's second and so far last studio album, released in 1980. This time she recorded her album along with her twin sister Marie. Steve Lukather from Toto played the guitar in this album and in 1981 he married Marie Currie.


1-) Messin' with the Boys.
2-) Since You Been Gone.
3-) I Just Love the Feeling.
4-) All I Want.
5-) Overnight Sensation.
6-) Elaine.
7-) This Time.
8-) Wishing Well.
9-) Secrets.
10-) We're Through.


Joan Jett (& The Blackhearts)

Joan Marie Larkin was born on September 22, 1958 in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. She is an rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer and actress. Her musical and songwriting approach is heavily influenced by the hard-edged, hard beat-driven rhythms common to many rock bands of her native Philadelphia, often featuring lyrics surrounding themes of lost love, criticisms of insincerity, the quest for authenticity, the struggles and resolutions of the American middle class. She has 3 albums that have been certified Platinum or Gold, and she has been referred to as the "Queen of Rock 'n' Roll" many times during her career. In Venus Zine's 2010 "Queen of Rock" feature, Jett won the Readers' Pick in an online poll ahead of Stevie Nicks and Ann Wilson (from Heart). She got her first guitar for Christmas from her parents at the age of 13, and she mostly spent time after that writing songs. Joan initially took some guitar lessons, but quit soon after when the instructor kept trying to teach her folk songs. She also became involved with a bartender at a club from the town, at which point her family then re-located to West Covina, a suburb of Los Angeles, providing Jett the opportunity to pursue her musical endeavors. In Los Angeles, Joan interacted with some of her idols, including Suzi Quatro, one of the first female rock musicians who played an instrument. As reflected in the film The Runaways about Jett's beginnings, Quatro was vital to Joan's career, and Joan adopted many of Suzi's qualities including her shag haircut and style. Jett would quietly wait in the lobby of various hotels that Suzi was staying in during her US tours, just to catch a glimpse of her. She wore wooden platform shoes with "Suzi Quatro" carved into the side.Her favorite night spot was Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco. Joan was further introduced to the glam-rock style she so adored as this genre was explosive in the UK and Europe, but never quite took off in the US. Rodney's was the only place Jett could hear this style of music, and it certainly helped develop her image. She was a founding member of The Runaways and wrote a lot of the band's material besides being the rhythm guitarist and alternate lead vocalist. In the spring of 1979, Jett was in England pursuing a solo career. She recorded three songs there with Sex Pistols' Paul Cook and Steve Jones (one of which was an early version of The Arrows' "I Love Rock 'n' Roll"). In 1980 she formed her band Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. Later, after being rejected by 23 record companies, she and long time and close collaborator Kenny Laguna founded their own record label, Blackheart Records. This achievement turned Joan Jett into one of the very first women --if not the first-- to have her own record label. She went on to achieve huge success with her band, including signature hit I Love Rock 'n' Roll. She has also tried her hand in acting, including movie Light of Day, co-starring alongside Michael J. Fox. Also, she co-wrote Alice Cooper's House of Fire track for his 1989 album, Trash. In recent years, she has continued recording with her band The Blackhearts and has opened for groups like Def Leppard and Green Day. Jett also was the executive producer of the film The Runaways, which chronicled her former band's career. Jett was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in October 2006. In 2003, Jett was named in the Rolling Stone greatest 100 guitarists of all time at number 87. She was one of only two women in this list, the other being Joni Mitchell at number 72.

Joan Jett (1980)

Joan Jett is Joan Jett's debut album, released in 1980 and then re-released on January 23, 1981 as Bad Reputation. After independently recording the album with producer Kenny Laguna, Jett took the record to a number of major record labels, all of which were uninterested in releasing the project. Rather than continue to hunt for a willing label, Laguna and Jett decided to fund the pressing of the album themselves. The original, self-released, version of the album was simply titled Joan Jett and was sold directly to concert-goers and record stores out of Laguna's trunk. The album sold relatively well, prompting its re-release a year later as Bad Reputation on Boardwalk Records, with identical tracklisting. Jett said that the new title referred to the bad reputation that she had as a former member of the Runaways. Recorded before Jett formed The Blackhearts, it includes performances by a large number of well known musicians, including The Sex Pistols' Paul Cook and Steve Jones, Blondie's Clem Burke and Frank Infante, The Ramones' Dee Dee Ramone and Marky Ramone and The Tyla Gang's Sean Tyla, Micky Groome and Paul Simmons. The album charted to #45 in the U.S. The following singles were released: You Don't Own Me, Make Believe, You Don't Know What You've Got, Jezebel/Bad Reputation (#48 U.S. Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks charts), and Do You Wanna Touch Me (#20 U.S.).


1-) Bad Reputation.
2-) Make Believe.
3-) You Don't Know What You've Got.
4-) You Don't Own Me.
5-) Too Bad on Your Birthday.
6-) Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah).
7-) Let Me Go.
8-) Doing All Right with the Boys.
9-) Shout.
10-) Jezebel.
11-) Don't Abuse Me.
12-) Wooly Bully.

I Love Rock 'n' Roll (1981)

I Love Rock 'n' Roll is Joan Jett's second studio album, released on November 18, 1981. It's the first album to feature her band The Blackhearts. Early copies of the album released during December 1981 ended with the track "Little Drummer Boy". However, after the holiday season passed, the track was replaced by "Oh Woe Is Me" on most pressings. The album charted to #2 in the U.S. (Platinum disc) and #25 in the U.K. This album spawned the folllowing singles: I Love Rock 'n' Roll (#1 U.S., #4 U.K.), Crimson and Clover (#7 U.S., #60 U.K.), Nag, and Victim of Circumstance.


1-) I Love Rock 'n' Roll.
2-) (I'm Gonna) Run Away.
3-) Love Is Pain.
4-) Nag.
5-) Crimson and Clover.
6-) Victim of Circumstance.
7-) Bits and Pieces.
8-) Be Straight.
9-) You're Too Possessive.
10-) Little Drummer Boy.

Album (1983)

Album is Joan Jett's third studio album, released in 1983. Album charted to #20 in the U.S. (Gold disc). The following singles were released: Everyday People (#37 U.S.), Fake Friends (#35 U.S.), and The French Song (#42 Canada).


1-) Fake Friends.
2-) Handyman.
3-) Everyday People.
4-) A Hundred Feet Away.
5-) Secret Love.
6-) Star Star.
7-) The French Song.
8-) Tossin' & Turnin'.
9-) Why Can't We Be Happy.
10-) I Love Playing with Fire.
11-) Coney Island Whitefish.
12-) Had Enough.

Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth (1984)

Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth is Joan Jett's fourth studio album, released in 1984. The album peaked to #67 in the U.S. The following singles were released: I Need Someone, I Love You Love Me Love (#105 U.S.), and Cherry Bomb.


1-) Cherry Bomb.
2-) I Love You Love Me Love.
3-) Frustrated.
4-) Hold Me.
5-) Long Time.
6-) Talkin' 'Bout My Baby.
7-) I Need Someone.
8-) Love Like Mine.
9-) New Orleans.
10-) Someday.
11-) Push and Stomp.
12-) I Got No Answers.

Good Music (1986)

Good Music is Joan Jett's fifth studio album, released on December 9, 1986. The album charted to #105 in the U.S. The following singles were taken: Good Music (#83 U.S.) and Roadrunner (#46 U.S. Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks charts).


1-) Good Music.
2-) This Means War.
3-) Roadrunner.
4-) If Ya Want My Luv.
5-) Fun, Fun, Fun.
6-) Black Leather.
7-) Outlaw.
8-) Just Lust.
9-) You Got Me Floatin'.
10-) Contact.

Up Your Alley (1988)

Up Your Alley is Joan Jett's sixth studio album, released on May 23, 1988. Former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor played the guitar solo On "I Hate Myself for Loving You. The single I Hate Myself for Loving You was used as the theme song for Sunday Night Football NFL games in America (with altered lyrics, by two singers) during the 2006 and 2007 seasons. The album charted to #19 in the U.S. (Platinum disc). It spawned the following singles: I Hate Myself for Loving You (#8 U.S., #46 U.K.) and Little Liar (#19 U.S.).


1-) I Hate Myself for Loving You.
2-) Ridin' with James Dean.
3-) Little Liar.
4-) Tulane.
5-) I Wanna Be Your Dog.
6-) I Still Dream About You.
7-) You Want In, I Want Out.
8-) Just Like in the Movies.
9-) Desire.
10-) Back It Up.
11-) Play That Song Again.

The Hit List (1990)

The Hit List is Joan Jett's seventh studio album, released on January 16, 1990. All of the tracks are covers of famous songs. The album charted to #36 in the U.S. It spawned the following singles: Dirty Deeds (#36 U.S., #69 U.K.), Love Hurts (#100 U.K.), and Have You Ever Seen the Rain?


1-) Dirty Deeds (originally by AC/DC).
2-) Love Hurts (originally by The Everly Brothers).
3-) Pretty Vacant (originally by The Sex Pistols).
4-) Celluloid Heroes (originally by The Kinks).
5-) Tush (originally by ZZ Top).
6-) Time Has Come Today (originally by The Chambers Brothers).
7-) Up from the Skies (originally by The Jimi Hendrix Experience).
8-) Have You Ever Seen the Rain? (originally by Creedence Clearwater Revival).
9-) Love Me Two Times (originally by The Doors).
10-) Roadrunner USA (1990 version) (originally by The Modern Lovers).

Notorious (1991)

Notorious is Joan Jett's eighth studio album, released on August 20, 1991. The following singles were released: Backlash (#40 U.S. Hot Mainstream Rock charts), Don't Surrender, and Treadin' Water.


1-) Backlash.
2-) Ashes in the Wind.
3-) The Only Good Thing (You Ever Said Was Goodbye).
4-) Lie to Me.
5-) Don't Surrender.
6-) Goodbye.
7-) Machismo.
8-) Treadin' Water.
9-) I Want You.
10-) Wait for Me.

Flashback (1993)

Flashback is Joan Jett's compilation album of outtakes and rare songs released by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. It was released on November 15, 1993. It was later reissued in 1998 with a slightly different track listing.


1-) Hide and Seek.
2-) Summertime Blues.
3-) Indian Giver.
4-) I Hate Long Goodbyes.
5-) Cherry Bomb.
6-) Fantasy.
7-) Light of Day.
8-) Gotcha.
9-) She Lost You.
10-) MCA (EMI).
11-) Louie, Louie.
12-) Star Star.
13-) Rebel, Rebel.
14-) Be My Lover.
15-) Bring It on Home.
16-) Play with Me.
17-) Activity Grrrl.
18-) Heartbeat.
19-) Stand Up for Yourself.
20-) Black Leather.
21-) Call Me Lightning.
22-) I Love Rock 'n' Roll.
23-) Right 'Til the End.


Pure and Simple (1994)

Pure and Simple is Joan Jett's ninth studio album, released on June 14, 1994. It spawned the following singles: Spinster, As I Am, and Eye to Eye.


1-) Go Home.
2-) Eye to Eye.
3-) Spinster.
4-) Torture.
5-) Rubber & Glue.
6-) As I Am.
7-) Activity Grrrl.
8-) Insecure.
9-) Wonderin'.
10-) Consumed.
11-) You Got a Problem.
12-) Brighter Day.

Naked (2004)

Naked is Joan Jett's tenth studio album, released on April 27, 2004 only in Japan.


1-) Naked.
2-) Bad Time (JJ Mix).
3-) Fetish.
4-) Androgynous.
5-) Science Fiction (Punk version).
6-) Right in the Middle.
7-) Turn It Around.
8-) Everyone Knows.
9-) Baby Blue.
10-) Kiss on the Lips.
11-) Watersign.
12-) Tube Talkin'.
13-) Season of the Witch.
14-) Bad Time (Monster Mix).
15-) Can't Live Without You.
16-) Five.

Sinner (2006)

Sinner is Joan Jett's eleventh and so far last studio album, released on June 13, 2006. While most of the contents previously appeared on the Japan-only release Naked (2004), it is her first record of new material released in the United States since Pure and Simple in 1994. An edited "clean" version was also released. The CD also includes enhanced content, consisting of a lyrics sheet (in PDF format) and a video of the recording of "A.C.D.C.". The album peaked to #56 in the U.K. It spawned the following singles: A.C.D.C., Change the World, and Androgynous.


1-) Riddles.
2-) A.C.D.C.
3-) Five.
4-) Naked.
5-) Everyone Knows.
6-) Change the World.
7-) Androgynous.
8-) Fetish.
9-) Watersign.
10-) Tube Talkin'.
11-) Turn It Around.
12-) Baby Blue.
13-) A 100 Feet Away.
14-) Bad Time.

Lita Ford

Carmelita Rossana Ford was born on September 19, 1958 in London, England. She was born to a British father and an Italian mother. She moved with her family to the United States at the age of 4 and began playing the guitar at the age of 11. Her vocal range is mezzo-soprano. In 1975 at the age of 16 she joined the all-female rock band The Runaways, for whom she played lead guitar. They would score a record deal and have their first album released in 1976. Lita Ford's guitar skills made her a driving force in the band and a permanent member from her arrival to the band's eventual break-up. After the group split in 1979, Ford began a solo career. After the release of her first two albums, Ford toured extensively and made several guest appearances on TV shows for the next four years, but had no releases; a follow-up to Dancin' On The Edge, titled The Bride Wore Black, was abandoned and never released because Ford did not like the production of the album and this upset the head of her record label, leading to Ford switching from Mercury Records to RCA Records. The artist has described the album as being in "Label hell! Who knows what shelf that is sitting on!" After getting married in 1994 with Nitro singer Jim Gillette with sons James and Rocco, the family moved to Turks and Caicos where Gillette has a successful building and real estate developing business. However, in 2009 Lita Ford made a comeback with a new album, after 14 years of not recording any new material and being away from the public eye quite a bit. She has opened tours for acts like Queensryche. In May 2011 Lita Ford promised a "real comeback album" later in the year, saying the last one, Wicked Wonderland, recorded with Jim Gillette (whom she was married to at the time) was too much of a collective project. "A lot of people have told me that they want a real Lita album, and I know what they mean. They are going to get it," she said.

Out for Blood (1983)

Out for Blood is Lita Ford's debut album, released in 1983. The original cover art for this album featured Lita standing in front of a spiderweb holding a broken blood spurting guitar. It was later replaced with a cover of Lita standing in front of a purple background with her guitar. Just one single was released which was Out for Blood.


1-) Out for Blood.
2-) Stay with Me Baby.
3-) Just a Feeling.
4-) Ready, Willing and Able.
5-) Die for Me Only (Black Widow).
6-) Rock 'n' Roll Made Me What I Am Today.
7-) If You Can't Live with It.
8-) On the Run.
9-) Any Way That You Want Me.
10-) I Can't Stand It.

Dancin' on the Edge (1984)

Dancin' on the Edge is Lita Ford's second studio album, released in 1984. It features the drummer Randy Castillo, who later played for Ozzy Osbourne. It also features the bassist Hugh McDonald, who is currently the hired studio/live session bassist for Bon Jovi. The album charted to #66 in the U.S. and #96 in the U.K. The following singles were released: Dressed to Kill, Fire in My Heart and Gotta Let Go (#94 U.K.).


1-) Gotta Let Go.
2-) Dancin' on the Edge.
3-) Dressed to Kill.
4-) Hit 'n' Run.
5-) Lady Killer.
6-) Still Waitin'.
7-) Fire in My Heart.
8-) Don't Let Me Down Tonight.
9-) Run with the $.

Lita (1988)

Lita is Lita Ford's third studio album, released on February 2, 1988. Pat Benatar's rhythm section (Don Nossov and Myron Grombacher) also featured throughout the album. The track "Kiss Me Deadly" was named the 76th best hard rock song of all time by VH1. During this time, Lita Ford was managed by Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy Osbourne's wife. The album peaked to #29 in the U.S.(Platinum disc) and #58 in the U.K. The following singles were released: Kiss Me Deadly (#12 U.S, #75 U.K.), Back to the Cave (#22 U.S. Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks charts), Close My Eyes Forever (#8 U.S., #47 U.K.), and Falling In and Out of Love (#37 U.S. Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks charts).


1-) Back to the Cave.
2-) Can't Catch Me.
3-) Blueberry.
4-) Kiss Me Deadly.
5-) Falling In and Out of Love.
6-) Fatal Passion.
7-) Under the Gun.
8-) Broken Dreams.
9-) Close My Eyes Forever (duet with Ozzy Osbourne).

Stiletto (1990)

Stiletto is Lita Ford's fourth studio album, released in 1990. The album charted to #52 in the U.S. and #66 in the U.K. It spawned the following singles: Hungry (#98 U.S., #76 U.K.) and Lisa.


1-) Your Wake Up Call.
2-) Hungry.
3-) Dedication.
4-) Stiletto.
5-) Lisa.
6-) The Ripper.
7-) Big Gun.
8-) Only Women Bleed.
9-) Bad Boy.
10-) Aces & Eights.
11-) Cherry Red.
12-) Outro.

Dangerous Curves (1991)

Dangerous Curves is Lita Ford's fifth studio album, released in October, 1991. Though popular among her fans, the album failed to success as musical tastes were shifting towards alternative rock in late 1991. The album charted to #132 in the U.S. and #51 in the U.K. The following singles were released: Shot of Poison (#45 U.S., #63 U.K.), Playing with Fire, and Larger than Life.


1-) Larger than Life.
2-) What Do Ya Know About Love?
3-) Shot of Poison.
4-) Bad Love.
5-) Playin' with Fire.
6-) Hellbound Train.
7-) Black Widow.
8-) Little Too Early.
9-) Holy Man.
10-) Tambourine Dream.
11-) Little Black Spider.

Black (1995)

Black is Lita Ford's sixth studio album, released on February 14, 1995. It shows a change of style, compared to her other albums. Black sees Ford move into other musical styles such as blues and grunge, while still maintaining her metal and rock roots. The only single taken from this album was Killin' Kind.


1-) Black.
2-) Fall.
3-) Loverman.
4-) Killin' Kind.
5-) Hammerhead.
6-) Boilin' Point.
7-) Where Will I Find My Heart Tonight.
8-) War of the Angels.
9-) Joe.
10-) White Lightnin'.
11-) Smokin' Toads.
12-) Spider Monkeys.

Wicked Wonderland

Wicked Wonderland is Lita Ford's seventh and so far last studio album, released on October 6, 2009, her first new material in 14 years. Ford said about the album: "Everybody has their own Wicked Wonderland. It's a place where you can do whatever you want and get as freaky as you feel. These songs are my version of that - they're all about my life…well, the parts that happen when the kids are in bed and my husband and I get into the boudoir." ... "This is definitely the heaviest stuff I’ve ever recorded. I've evolved and matured as a person and so has my music. It’s lyrically very real." The album charted to #38 in the U.S. in the Independent Albums charts. The only single taken from this album was Crave.


1-) Crave.
2-) Piece (Hell Yeah).
3-) Patriotic S.O.B.
4-) Scream 4 Me.
5-) Inside.
6-) Wicked Wonderland.
7-) Indulge.
8-) Love.
9-) Betrayal.
10-) Sacred.
11-) Truth.
12-) Everything.
13-) Bed.
14-) Garden.
15-) Push.


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