Sunday, January 8, 2023

Vixen - Vixen (1988)


Vixen - Vixen (1988)


Tracklist front / back album covers


Side one

1. "Edge of a Broken Heart"   4:24

2. "I Want You to Rock Me"   3:30

3. "Cryin'"   3:32

4. "American Dream"   4:19

5. "Desperate"   4:16


Side two

6. "One Night Alone"   3:50

7. "Hell Raisers"   4:27

8. "Love Made Me"   3:18

9. "Waiting"   3:11

10. "Cruisin'"   4:24


CD and cassette edition bonus track

11. "Charmed Life"   4:05


Japanese CD edition bonus track

11. "Give It Away" (replaces "Charmed Life")   3:32



Vixen Band Members / Musicians

Janet Gardner – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, background vocals

Jan Kuehnemund – lead and rhythm guitar, background vocals

Roxy Petrucci – drums, background vocals

Share Pedersen – bass, background vocals


Richard Marx – keyboards, production, arrangements (track 1)

Brian Foraker – engineering, mixing (track 1)

David Cole – production, arrangements, engineering, mixing (tracks 2, 3, 5, 8–11)

Rick Neigher – production, arrangements (tracks 2, 3, 5, 8–11)

Spencer Proffer – production, arrangements (tracks 4, 6, 7)

Hans Peter Huber – engineering (tracks 4, 6, 7)

Peter Doell – additional engineering

Annette Cisneros, Judy Clapp, Mark Stebbeds, Jimmy Perziosi – engineering assistance

Greg Fulginiti – mastering at Artisan Sound Recorders (Hollywood, California)

Susanne Marie Edgren, Lewis Kovac – production coordination

Henry Marquez – creative direction

Robert Fusfield – art direction

Nels – photography

Glen La Ferman – back cover photography



Vixen is the debut studio album by American rock band Vixen, released on August 31, 1988, by EMI's Manhattan Records. It includes the singles "Edge of a Broken Heart" and "Cryin'", which reached numbers 26 and 22 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively.

Richard Marx, one of the late 1980s' most successful recording artists, was heavily involved in Vixen's early career, co-producing the album and writing one of their highest-charting singles, "Edge of a Broken Heart".

The three songs co-written by Jeff Paris, "Cryin'", "One Night Alone" and the bonus track "Charmed Life" were previously released on Paris's 1987 solo album Wired Up. "Give It Away" is credited to Paris's real name Geoffrey Leib and was included on his previous album Race to Paradise from 1986.

Vixen was featured at number 43 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "50 Greatest Hair Metal Albums of All Time". The album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on February 6, 1989.

Vixen is an American rock band formed in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in 1980. During its most commercially successful period from 1987 to 1992, the band consisted of Jan Kuehnemund (lead guitar), Janet Gardner (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Share Ross (bass guitar), and Roxy Petrucci (drums).

The band's eponymous first album was released in 1988, and reached No. 41 on the Billboard 200. Their second album Rev It Up was released in 1990, and reached No. 52 on the Billboard 200. Their third album Tangerine was released in 1998. Their fourth album Live & Learn was released in 2006.

Part of the Los Angeles, California, glam metal scene, the band has been described as "the female Bon Jovi." Several singles released by the band from 1988 to 1990 reached the Billboard Hot 100, including the Top 40 singles "Edge of a Broken Heart" at No. 26, and "Cryin'" at No. 22.

While the band originally disbanded in 1992, it reformed from 1997 to 1998 by Gardner and Petrucci but a lawsuit filed by Kuehnemund over ownership of the name ruled in her favor ending that version of the band. Kuehnemund reunited the band with the classic lineup in 2001 but disagreements caused Kuehnemund to quickly recruit a new version of the band with three new members; this lineup lasted until 2012. Kuehnemund died in 2013. From then on Gardner, Ross, and Petrucci reformed the band with Gina Stile on guitar.

As of 2022 the band currently consists of Petrucci, Britt Lightning, Lorraine Lewis, and Julia Lage.



Vixen Band Members / Musicians

Roxy Petrucci – drums, backing vocals (1986–1992, 1997–1998, 2001, 2004, 2012–present)

Britt Lightning – guitar, backing vocals (2017–present)

Lorraine Lewis – lead vocals (2019–present)

Julia Lage – bass, backing vocals (2022–present)

Tyson Leslie – keyboards, backing and lead vocals (2017–present)

Chris Fayz – keyboards, backing vocals (2005–2017); rhythm guitar (2005–2012); keyboards (2006)

Ace Von Johnson – rhythm guitar (2018)

Jan Kuehnemund – lead guitar, backing vocals (1980–1992, 2001–2012; died 2013)

Laurie Hedlund – drums, backing vocals (1980–1983, 1984–1986)

Gayle Erickson-DeMatoff – bass guitar, backing vocals (1980–1983)

Cindy Boettcher – keyboards, backing vocals (1980–1983; died 2014)

Noël Bucci – lead vocals (1980–1983)

Janet Gardner – lead vocals, tambourine (1983–1992, 1997–1998, 2001, 2004, 2012–2019); rhythm guitar (1983–1984, 1986–1992, 1997–1998, 2001, 2004, 2012–2019)

Liza Carbé – bass, backing vocals (1983–1984)

Tamara Ivanov – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1984–1986)

Pia Maiocco – bass, backing vocals (1984–1986)

Share Ross – bass, backing vocals (1987–1992, 2004, 2012–2022)

Gina Stile – lead guitar, backing vocals (1997–1998, 2012–2017)

Rana Ross – bass, backing vocals (1997–1998; died 2003)

Maxine Petrucci – bass, backing vocals (1998)

Pat Holloway – bass, backing vocals (2001)

Jenna Sanz-Agero – lead vocals (2001–2004, 2004–2012)

Lynn Louise Lowrey – bass, backing vocals (2001–2004, 2004–2012)

Kathrin "Kat" Kraft – drums, backing vocals (2001–2004, 2004–2012)



Vixen Discography Full

1988 Vixen

1990 Rev It Up

1998 Tangerine

2006 Live & Learn


Live albums

2013 Live in Sweden

2018 Live Fire


Compilation albums

1999 The Best of Vixen: Full Throttle

2000 Back 2 Back Hits

2006 Extended Versions

2018 Rare Vintage



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