Friday, October 02, 2015

Glorious Ladies of Rocktober Song #2: "Edge of a Broken Heart" by Vixen

It's Hair Band Friday, and as promised, today's Rocktober song will be by a female-fronted hair band.  The hair band genre was dominated by the boys, but there were a handful of ladies who put on the Aquanet and rocked out, as well.  When I think of a female hair band, the one that first comes to my mind is the all-female Vixen.

Named after a female fox -- which raises the question why men refer to attractive females as "foxes," rather than "vixens" -- Vixen was a part of the magnificent glam metal scene in LA in the mid to late '80s, and the band was interviewed in the fantastic Sunset Strip-centric documentary, The Decline of Western Civilization Part II:  The Metal Years, which everyone should watch.  They put out two albums, 1988's eponymous debut and 1990's Rev It Up, before breaking up in 1991 (although they have reunited a couple times and put out albums in 1998 and 2006).

Their self-titled debut album featured two Top 40 hits in the U.S. -- "Edge of a Broken Heart" (#26) and "Cryin'" (#22).  I don't really remember "Cryin'," but I definitely remember "Edge of a Broken Heart."  I thought it was awesome that there was an all-female hair band, and it didn't hurt that they were all hot (or at least they looked hot in Metal Edge, or whatever other metal rag I might have been spending my allowance on back then). The song co-written and produced by the one and only Richard Marx, so it's no wonder it was a hit.  Enjoy.

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