Lita Ford, Question Mark?
In my notes, I found some fairly sparse thoughts on listening to Lita Ford’s solo career for the first time. I don’t know why I was listening to it, or what I had in mind when I was taking down notes. Perhaps we can all figure it out together.
I went track for track, jotted down a tiny observation, and gave up after less than two albums. Here’s my essential thoughts in full.
Out for Blood (1983) ¶
- Out for blood Rocker. Pretty standard hair metal fair.
- Stay with me baby A little slower, but still upbeat. Has a fun intro bass line if I remember right.
- Just a feeling Down the middle power ballad.
- Ready, willing, and able Mean, heavy riff. Stomper.
- Die for me only Screeching metal riff. Galloping.
- Rock n roll made me what I am today Hard rocker, more in line with later Runaways runes. Shout-along-style chorus.
- If you can’t live with it Another dark, similar to “Ready, willing, and able”, but more melodic and less mean.
- On the run Rolling fast number. Production seems worse than the rest of the record, hard to hear her voice. Maybe it’s the copy?
Dancin’ on the Edge (1984) ¶
Bigger more pop production than the first album.
- Gotta Let Go Mid-tempo Motley Crue-type rocker, but with more melody.
- Dancin’ on the Edge A little more expansive, more like a driving metal song.
- Dressed to Kill Slower, but not quite a ballad. That 80s heavy metal slow-ish attempt at epic.
- Hit ’n Run Hornier riff, more swing.
- Lady Killer Talk opening. Another big riff. Not much to distinguish. Gang vocal chorus.
- Still Waitin’ Driving riff, more pop-oriented. Like a pale version of I Hate Myself for Loving You.
- Fire in My Heart No comment.
- Don’t Let Me Down Tonight No comment.
- Run with the $ Heartbreakingly, no comment.