Lita Ford – Time Capsule

lita-ford-time-capsule-8793Lita Ford’s career have been a somewhat stormy one, a bit of a roller-coaster, really. I guess everybody knows by now that Lita was once part of the world’s first all-girl hard rock band, The Runaways. Not only were they the first all-girl band, they were also very successful. The Runaways started back in 1975, released their debut album in 1976 and split in 1979 after only four albums, drugs and internal fighting broke the band up. Out of the five members, only Lita Ford and Joan Jett have had a successful career after The Runaways split. For Lita, her solo career started back in 1983 with the album Out For Blood, a more heavy metal oriented album than The Runaways played, but very uneven and seemed to focus more on Lita’s big hair, tight leather and big cleavage outfit than the music. A pretty harsh thing to write, maybe, but the record sure leaves a whole lot to desire and the promo pictures that went with the album spoke volumes. The follow-up, 1984’s Dancin’ On The Edge, that featured future Ozzy and Mötley Crüe drummer Randy Castillo, was better, but hardly good enough. This might also be pretty harsh to write, but Lita just didn’t seem to be a good enough song writer by herself, a thing that her record company and managers found a cure for for her third album, Lita (1988). The album was a true sign of the times, the music had gone from metal to the more radio friendly and AOR sound that was hip in 1988 and with song writing help from people like Mike Chapman (The Sweet), Lemmy (Motörhead) and Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe), she had an album that fired on all cylinders and the duet with Ozzy Osbourne on the ballad “Close My Eyes Forever”, gave her a big hit and the record went gold right on the spot. A special guest spot on Bon Jovi’s New Jersey tour helped to ship the record platinum and all of a sudden, people talked more about Lita’s music than her days in The Runaways and her famous ex-boyfriends like Sixx and Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath.

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2 comments on “Lita Ford – Time Capsule

  1. Rotten to the Core — I swear Gene has been mentioning this song title for decades. I believe that was one song title that emerged during The Elder. My Blackwell even has the line “You’re rotten to the core”. I think I saw that name resurrected for Carnival of Souls, and his solo album A$$hole.

    Oh ho! Look what I found on youtube. From 1976, Rotten to the Core. This song was released on Kiss 40 as a different song called “I Know Where You Are”!

    • Yeah. I know. He demoed a Rotten To the Core song for every album since The Elder and it has been rejected every time and yes, the Mr Blackwell line is something I have been thinking about too. He really have a thing for that title.
      So Lita recorded it and Simmons have a co-write on it. Now I know why it was always rejected…

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