Saturday, October 3, 2009

Vixen - Discography

Vixen is an all-female American hard rock band which achieved some commercial success during the late 1980s and early 1990s as part of the Los Angeles, California glam metal scene.

Vixen was formed in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1980 by guitarist Jan Kuehnemund while still at high school. In 1984, an early version of the band with Kuehnemund, singer Janet Gardner and bassist Pia Maiocco (who later married guitarist Steve Vai) appeared in the movie Hardbodies, as the on-screen band Diaper Rash. In 1985, the band moved to Los Angeles, California to be part of the L.A. rock scene.

Lineup changes happened during the following years until the "classic lineup" of Janet Gardner (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Jan Kuehnemund (lead guitar), Share Pedersen (bass), and Roxy Petrucci (drums) was formed. This lineup of Vixen was interviewed in 1987 along with many other rock artists of the day by Penelope Spheeris for her film "The Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years".

In 1988 the band was signed to EMI, and they began recording their debut album Vixen, which was released in September 1988. Singer-songwriter Richard Marx actually wrote and arranged their signature hit, "Edge of a Broken Heart", as well as performing keyboards and producing the song. Rumor was he was asked to assist the all-female band by EMI to produce their first major-hit, to compete with the all-female band the Bangles. Richard Marx had nothing to do with their follow-up CD, since he was becoming more of a mainline- singer than songwriter. Vixen spent the next year touring the world, supporting acts such as Ozzy Osbourne, Scorpions, and Bon Jovi, as well as headlining their own shows. The band returned to the studio in late 1989/early 1990 to record their follow up album, Rev It Up, which was released in July 1990. A year of touring followed, including headlining their own shows and supporting acts such as KISS and Deep Purple. In mid-1991, the group disbanded due to musical differences.

In 1997, drummer Roxy Petrucci reformed Vixen, with Janet Gardner (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Gina Stile (lead guitar), and Rana Ross (bass). This lineup toured the United States in 1997, and in 1998 Gardner, Stile, and Petrucci recorded the album Tangerine. After the release of the new album, Roxy's sister Maxine Petrucci was brought in to play bass on a U.S. tour of 1998, but they were sued for copyright infringement by Kuehnemund (Lead guitarist).

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Vixen - Vixen (1988)

Tracks: (Listen Online or Click a Song to download for Study)
01. Edge Of A Broken Heart
02. I want You to Rock Me

03. Cryin'

04. American Dream

05. Desperate

06. One Night Alone

07. Hell Raisers

08. Love Made Me

09. Waiting

10. Cruisin'

11. Charmed Life

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Vixen - Rev it Up (1990)
Jan Kuehnemund - Lead and rhythm guitar, back up vocals
Janet Gardner - Lead vocals, rhythm guitar

Share Pedersen - Bass, Back up vocals

Roxy Petrucci - Drums, Back up vocals

with Michael Alemania - Keyboards


Tracks: (Listen Online or Click a Song to download for Study)
01. Rev It Up
02. How Much Love
03. Love is a Killer
04. Not a Minute Too Soon
05. Streets in Paradise
06. Hard 16
07. Bad Reputation
08. Fallen Hero
09. Only a Heartbeat Away
10. It Wouldn't be Love
11. Wrecking Ball

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Vixen - Tangerine (1998)

Tangerine is the third album by American hard rock band Vixen. It was recorded without former members Jan Kuehnemund (Guitarist) and Share Pedersen (Bassist). The line up for this album was Janet Gardner, Roxy Petrucci, Gina Stile, and additional bass player Mike Pisculli. Different from the classic Vixen sound, it was more grunge than hard rock.

Tracks: (Listen Online or Click a Song to download for Study)
01. Page
02. Tangerine
03. Never Say Never
04. Peace
05. Barely Breathin
06. Bleed
07. Stay
08. Shut Up
09. Machine
10. Air Balloon
11. Can't Control Myself
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Vixen - The Best of Vixen: Full Throttle (1999)

Tracks: (Listen Online or Click a Song to download for Study)
01. How Much Love
02. Love Made Me
03. Cryin'
04. Not a Minute Too Soon
05. Charmed Life
06. Love is a Killer
07. Edge of a Broken Heart
08. Streets in Paradise
09. I Want You To Rock Me (Live)
10. Fallen Hero
11. Bad Reputation
12. Give It Away
13. Cruisin'

NOTE: Track 09 is the new track in this album.
Janet Gardner & Roxy Petrucci were born on the same day. When Jan Kuehnemund reformed Vixen in 2005, Petrucci wasn't invited back. Roxy currently plays for Roktopuss with former Femme Fatale vocalist Lorraine Lewis.

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Vixen - Extended Versions (2006)

Tracks:
01. Rev It Up
02. Streets in Paradise
03. How Much Love
04. Love Made Me
05. Love is a Killer
06. Little Voice
07. Cryin'
08. I Want You To Rock Me
09. Cruisin'
10. Edge of a Broken Heart
11. Bad Reputation
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Vixen - Live And Learn (2006)

Tracks: (Listen Online or Click a Song to download for Study)
01. Anyway
02. Live & Learn
03. I Try
04. Little Voice
05. Pacifist
06. Don't Want It Anymore
07. Love Song
08. Angry
09. I'm Sorry
10. You Wish
11. Suffragette City
12. Give Me Away

NOTE: The 2006 Album is very different from the classic Vixen sound. The guitars sounded like a cheap overdrive effect only.

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Vixen - Live In Sweden (2008)

Tracks: (Listen Online or Click a Song to download for Study)
01. Rev it Up
02. On The Streets Of Paradise
03. How Much Love
04. Love Made Me
05. Love Is A Killer
06. Little Voice
07. Cryin'
08. I Want You To Rock Me
09. Cruisin'
10. Edge of The Broken Heart
11. Bad Reputation

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