Femme Fatale (band)
|Origin||Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.|
|Genres||Hard rock, glam metal, heavy metal|
|Years active||1987–1990, 2013–present|
|Associated acts||The Iron Maidens, Vixen|
|Past members||Mazzi Rawd|
Femme Fatale is an American hard rock band. Originally from Albuquerque, the band moved to Los Angeles and released one studio album before disbanding. Lead vocalist, Lorraine Lewis, restarted the band in 2013 with an all-female line-up.
Formation and disbandment (1987–1990)
Femme Fatale was formed in 1987 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States. Later on that year, the band moved to Los Angeles and signed a recording contract with MCA Records after a well-received showcase. The band's self-titled debut album, released in 1988, peaked at No. 141 on the Billboard 200 the following year. MTV gave heavy airplay to the videos for "Waiting for the Big One" and "Falling in and out of Love" (not the same song as the Lita Ford one of the same name), the band's two signature songs. The airplay helped the album to sell nearly 225,000 copies, but Femme Fatale was unable to match the popularity of other bands in the glam metal scene. The band saw their status at MCA shrink and the band's manager, Andrea Accardo, developed a rare brain cancer. Shortly after touring the world in support of Cheap Trick, recording was to commence on a new studio album, but ultimately it was not completed and the band dissolved in 1990.
Post breakup (1990–2013)
Since leaving Femme Fatale, Lorraine Lewis recorded a few modestly successful solo albums in country, new-age, and other rock genres. Lewis competed on MTV's Remote Control in 1988, against Britny Fox's Dizzy Dean Davidson and Anthrax's Charlie Benante, who won.
All-female lineup (2013–present)
In 2013 Lorraine Lewis reformed the band with a new line-up consisting of Courtney Cox and Nita Strauss on guitars, Janis Tanaka on bass, Katt Scarlett on keyboards, and both Rachael Rine and Athena on drums.
In 2016, Femme Fatale signed with Nashville, Tennessee-based company FnA Records to release their long-shelved second album under the title One More for the Road. This album featured recordings dating between 1989-1990 that were originally intended to be the band's followup to their 1988 debut before being dropped by their record label.
In January 2019, Lewis was named as the new vocalist for another all-female band, Vixen, Femme Fatale's contemporaries during the glam metal heyday. She succeeded Janet Gardner, who stepped down to give more priority to her budding solo career. Lewis had earlier stood in for Gardner in Oklahoma during a March 2018 performance.
- Lorraine Lewis - lead vocals, tambourine (1987–1990, 2013–present)
- Courtney Cox - guitars, backing vocals (2013–present)
- Janis Tanaka - bass, backing vocals (2013–present)
- Katt Scarlett - keyboards, backing vocals (2013–present)
- Athena Lee - drums (2013–present)
- Nikki Stringfield - guitars (c. 2015–present)
- Past members
- Mazzi Rawd - guitars, keyboards, backing vocals (1987–1990)
- Bill D'Angelo - lead guitar (1987–1990; died 2005)
- Rick Rael - bass, backing vocals (1987–1990)
- Bobby Murray - drums, backing vocals (1987–1990)
- Nita Strauss - guitars, backing vocals (2013–2015)
- Rachael Rine – drums (2013–2018)
- Femme Fatale (1988) – US No. 141, AUS No. 99.
- One More for the Road (2016; recorded between 1989 and 1990)
- "Waiting for the Big One" (1988) – UK No. 86.
- "Falling in and Out of Love" (1989, b/w "It's a Long Way to the Top" and "Fortune and Fame") – AUS No. 90, UK No. 69.
- "Touch and Go" (1989, Kerrang! flexi disc)
- "Rebel" (1989)
- License to Drive soundtrack (1988, "Touch and Go")
- Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead soundtrack (1991, "Chains") - Lorraine Lewis solo track.
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