One of two solo stars to spring from the ashes of the '70s all-girl hard rock band the Runaways, Lita Ford has long been a more frustrating, contradictory proposition for critics than former colleague Joan Jett. Ford is subtly feminist in her musical approach, displaying guitar heroics on the level of any male metal hero; the mere fact of her existence in the otherwise testosterone-driven heavy metal genre has made her a hero to some, but her persona has often been criticized as calculated to appeal to male adolescent sexual fantasies, simply embodying the standard wild-girl stereotypes of many male metal artists' lyrics. When she has the material to back her up, though, Ford is inarguably capable of rocking out aggressively and assertively.
Ford was born on September 19, 1958, in London, emigrating to the U.S. as a young child. She began playing the guitar at age 11; just five years later, she joined the Kim Fowley-produced Runaways, an all-female project designed to mix the aggression of simple, punky hard rock with teenage bad-girl sex appeal. When the band dissolved, Ford took voice lessons and embarked on a solo career, supporting herself through a variety of jobs (gas station attendant, perfume salesperson, fitness instructor, hairdresser, etc.). She released her debut album, Out for Blood, in 1983; it was followed the next year by Dancin' on the Edge.
Nothing was heard from Ford for the next four years; the follow-up to Dancin' on the Edge, titled The Bride Wore Black, was abandoned and never released, as Ford switched from Mercury to RCA. By the time Ford returned, the lighter pop-metal she had long favored had broken through to mainstream audiences, which set the stage for her most successful album, 1988's Lita. Slickly produced by Mike Chapman, the album featured Ford's first hit, the number 12 "Kiss Me Deadly"; its follow-up, a duet with Ozzy Osbourne entitled "Close My Eyes Forever," provided both artists with their first Top Ten single.
Ford celebrated her newfound success with a marriage to W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes, but unfortunately, this, like her commercial success, would be short-lived. Follow-up efforts like 1990's Stiletto and 1991's Dangerous Curves failed to match the popcraft of Lita, and Ford found herself without a label after alternative's explosion in the early '90s. She married Jim Gillette, former vocalist with hair metal kings Nitro, had two children and moved to the Caribbean. She eventually re-emerged on the scene in the 21st century with the uncharacteristically heavy Wicked Wonderland in 2009. The album was released on her own label, JLRG Entertainment; the set was co-produced by Greg Hampton, Ford, and Gillette. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
Cry Wolf: An alternative hard rock band originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, with history.
In 1986, the band moved to Los Angeles and started working the Hollywood club circuit along with many other melodic rock “hair bands”. To generate a mailing list and search for a name at the same time the band ran a contest in the local BAM magazine. The person(s) who came up with the winning name would win Mötley Crüe tickets. The name "Cry Wolf" was chosen out of hundreds of entries. At about the same time, a demo of the band was out on the streets and was starting a buzz on the strip. Kerrang gave a raving review and word got out in Europe and Japan and Cry Wolf was convinced to release it as a limited red vinyl in Japan and do a handful of live shows, all of which sold out. The band was promptly offered a recording contract and released their critically acclaimed self-titled debut on Epic/Sony which featured the Beatles song "I Am The Walrus".
The Japanese success led to an American recording contract and the re-release of the debut album on Grand Slamm/IRS, titled "Crunch". This album, along with the debut in Japan were produced and engineered by David DeVore (REO Speedwagon, Foreigner), and mixed by Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, The Melvins). Along with an immensely popular MTV Japan video of "West Wind Blows", the band also released a video for "Pretender" on MTV's Headbangers Ball.
While on tour in support of "Crunch", however, the band's equipment truck was stolen along with all of their gear. About this time the musical tide was changing and the Seattle music scene was exploding. The members of Cry Wolf decided to part ways and embark on new musical adventures.
Late in 2007, Cry Wolf played together for the first time in nearly 15 years at a small Bay Area venue. The magic was still there and strong, and Cry Wolf is discovering a wide audience for hard rock delivered with fire, emotion and relevance without being nostalgic. The group now comprised of Susie Major (Lead vocals) and original members Steve McKnight (Guitar and Vocals), Phil Deckard (Bass and Vocals), and new drummer and vocalist Chris Moore, worked with Bob Daspit (Sammy Hagar and Film (Sixth Sense, Sleepy Hollow) in late 2009-early 2010, to record 14 new songs. Cry Wolf’s new release “Twenty Ten” just hit Internet retail outlets, with radio and shows to follow. It’s a new era for Cry Wolf
Boy Hits Car: Boy Hits Car was started in 1993 with a simple idea—to write and perform ‘passionately heavy music’ infused with a world beat/middle eastern flavor. The live show is one to be witnessed, a high energy positive experience. Touring nationally/internationally for many years with top rock/punk acts(Stone Temple Pilots, Incubus, Shinedown, Seether, Bad Religion, NOFX, System of a Down, Papa Roach, Dropkick Murphy's, Bullet for my Valentine, Flyleaf, Trapt, and Filter to name a few) Boy Hits Car continue to prove themselves as a unique blend that's here to stay. Check them out on their upcoming headlining US Fall 'Embrace the fire" tour oct-nov 2012 in support of their most recent album 'Stealing Fire'. Come get connected! www.boyhitscar.com