Gotta let go of the '80s? Never, says Lita Ford
While we have chronicled several videos for Joan Jett on Lost and Found, we have yet to feature the other successful member of The Runaways. Today we correct the omission and give our due to Lita Ford and the rockin' Gotta Let Go.
Lita Ford was born in England, but in the second grade moved to the L.A. area. About a decade after becoming an American, Ford joined The Runaways at age 16 and was with the influential all-girl rock band for all three albums in the '70s. With Cheri Curie and Joan Jett leading the band, Lita Ford only sang lead on one Runaways song during her tenure. When the band broke up in 1979, Ford pursued a solo career.
Her debut album in 1983, Out For Blood, did not garner much attention, but her follow up in 1984, Dancin' On The Edge did get noticed, mainly due to Gotta Let Go. While the single didn't chart in the U.S., the video was good fun and an attention getter for Ford. Starting off the video as a '50s housewife, Ford morphs into her rock n roll persona when a home invasion by leather jacket hoodlums occur.
It was in 1988 when Ford finally had her big hits when Kiss Me Deadly and the duet with Ozzy Osbourne, Close My Eyes Forever reigned in the era of Hair Metal. 2016 has been a busy year for Lita Ford as she released both a new album, Time Capsule, and her new memoir Living Like A Runaway as well as a full fall tour.