"Kiss Me Deadly" is Lita Ford's signature song, and her biggest hit on her own ("Close My Eyes Forever
," her duet with Ozzy Osbourne, charted higher in the US, making #8).
Ford made music history with The Runaways, who were the first all-female rock band - their first album was released in 1976, when Ford was just 17. In the early '80s, her bandmate Joan Jett peppered the pop charts with hits, but Lita's rise to solo stardom came with the ascent of hair metal later in the decade. "Kiss Me Deadly" fit in on radio playlists alongside tracks by Poison, White Lion and Def Leppard. Notwithstanding Vixen ("Edge Of A Broken Heart
"), their female counterparts were established rockers who adapted their sound (and look) for the times. Along with Lita, other popular estrogen-enabled rockers of the era were Heart and the Bangles, who also scored using slick productions and outside songwriters.