Tuesday, August 23, 2016

50SHR #31: Femme Fatale (New Mexico)


Band: Femme Fatale
Release: Femme Fatale
Year: 1988
Line-up: Lorraine Lewis (vocals), Bill D'Angelo (lead guitar), Mazzi Rawd (guitar, keyboards), Rick Rael (bass), Bobby Murray (drums).

Track Listing:
1. Waiting for the Big One  
2.  Falling in and Out of Love  
3.  My Baby's Gun  
4.  Back in Your Arms Again  
5.  Rebel  
6.  Fortune and Fame  
7.  Touch and Go  
8.  If  
9.  Heat the Fire  
10.  Cradle's Rockin'  

Fletchanator's comment: Female-fronted melodic hard rock outfit Femme Fatale originally formed in Albuquerque, New Mexico before moving to Los Angeles and releasing this, their debut album. A second album was recorded in 1989, but never released, although there has been talking of it being released in the near future.
Sadly guitarist Bill D'Angelo passed away in 2006, reportedly of a drug overdose. Bassist Rael, Lewis' brother, was at last report working for Budweiser back in Albuquerque, while Mazzi Rawd - Lewis' ex-husband - is apparently some kind of doctor under his real name, Cliff Lewis.
Today Femme Fatale is back together in name only, with Lorraine Lewis putting together an all-female line-up which includes Courtney Cox (not the actress) from The Iron Maidens and Athena Lee (sister of Motley Crue's Tommy Lee). This line-up released an album, One More For the Road, earlier this year. As well as performing with Femme Fatale, Lewis also produces a Canadian reality TV show called "Ex-wives of Rock".
Back to their debut album, we get a brand of melodic hard rock with female vocals, akin to Vixen, Chrissy Steele, Lita Ford and the like, while Lewis' voice has a Pat Benatar quality to it. If you like any of the aforementioned artists you'll dig this.

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