Kiss This Song Hello

Bringing back Lita Ford in this week's Forgotten Video
  • Lita Ford in "Kiss Me Deadly"
July 29, 2010 -- 10:21 am PDT
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Welcome to Forgotten Videos. Well, for some forgotten, for others just filed away, and for others still, a totally brand-new discovery. Whichever category you fall into, each week we'll feature a video that's possibly been collecting dust when what it really deserves is a fresh look. Or, we'll be giving a fresh look at a video that deserves to be collecting dust. We're not here to judge, we just want to take you on a little trip down memory lane. Yep, you'll remember when hair was really that big, when drums were that up front in the mix, when video was young(er) and so were you.

Lita Ford
"Kiss Me Deadly"
1988

A decade before this song hit No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, Lita Ford was a runaway. Well, technically, she was a member of the all-girl punk rock group the Runaways, which might have been an even more serious situation than running away from home. The Runaways never broke through commercially, and between their breakup in 1979 and the release of "Kiss Me Deadly" Lita supported herself as everything from a perfume salesperson to a gas station attendant (apparently, when they still had such jobs). "Kiss Me…" is undoubtedly catchy pop/rock, but what it means to be kissed deadly isn't quite clear in the song, though the sound of it — combined with Lita's sexual advances on her guitar — does somehow conjure male teen fantasies. And she does sing "laid," which, as Paris would say, is hot. One of Lita's other interim jobs was hairdresser, though we're not sure if she did her own very '80s-metal vixen coif for the video. Lita followed up in 1989 with "Close My Eyes Forever," a duet with Ozzy Osbourne, which was the only Top 10 hit for either artist.

How did those ice sculptures not melt being next to Lita? Got a Forgotten Video recommendation? Leave us a comment.

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