Kiss Me Deadly – Lita Ford | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#12) & Rock (#40); 1988

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Fans of hard-edged power rock were accustomed to “big hair,” yet, such tresses rarely capped the head of an axe-wielding female. A welcome exception to the male dominated genre was London’s Lita Ford, who first gained prominence as part of California’s jailbait girl band, the Runaways, which also included Joan Jett and future Bangle Michael “Micki” Steele.

After the Runaways’ time ran out on New Year’s Eve 1978, Lita soldiered on solo. Two years and two non-selling albums later, Lita switched labels and producers.

After a four year hiatus, Lita appeared in 1986, piloted by producer extraordinaire Mike Chapman, whose extensive hit track record included Blondie’s Heart Of Glass and the Knack’s My Sharona.

Leadoff single Kiss Me Deadly and its video, featuring Lita’s sultry good looks, grabbed immediate airplay, and gave Lita her first hit single. Close My Eyes Forever with Ozzy Osbourne made it two in a row, and propelled Lita to platinum level sales.

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Produced by:

  • Mike Chapman

Lyrics Written by:

  • Mick Smiley