Friday, April 29, 2011

Lita Ford -- "Kiss Me Deadly"

Kiss Me Deadly - Lita

(Debuted April 22, 1988, Peaked #12, 23 Weeks on the Chart

All I really need to say is that I was 15 years old when this song came out. I'm not above admitting that the sight of a platinum blonde wearing leather and playing a hard-edged guitar might have stirred a fire inside me at that age. In fact, I'm pretty sure now that it was the entire point of her appearance.

Though "Kiss Me Deadly" was the first hit Lita Ford had on the American pop chart, she had been in the music business since she was a teenager. During the 1970s, she was the guitarist for The Runaways, a band made up entirely of teenage girls but playing a hard rock style. After that group split due to internal dissent over their musical direction, Ford released a couple of solo albums during the 1980s but didn't chart any of her singles. Then, there was a nice confluence of events when she released her album Lita in 1988: MTV had specialized programming focused of hard rock/heavy metal acts -- Headbangers Ball, then hosted by VJ Adam Curry -- as hard-edged acts began enjoying a surge of popularity and "hair bands" entered a Golden Age. Since Ford was very photogenic, the video definitely helped propel her.

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