Femme Fatale was 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.

Femme Fatale
OriginAlbuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
GenresHard rock, glam metal, heavy metal[1]
Years active1987–1990, 2013–2019
Past membersLorraine Lewis
Courtney Cox
Janis Tanaka
Athena Lee
Katt Scarlett
Nikki Stringfield
Mazzi Rawd
Bill D'Angelo
Rick Rael
Bobby Murray
Nita Strauss
Rachael Rine

History edit

Formation and disbandment (1987–1990) edit

Femme Fatale was formed in 1987 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States.[2] Later on that year, the band moved to Los Angeles and signed a recording contract with MCA Records after a well-received showcase.[2] The band's self-titled debut album, released in 1988,[2] 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.[2]

Post breakup (1990–2013) edit

Since leaving Femme Fatale, Lorraine Lewis recorded a few modestly successful solo albums in country, new-age, and other rock genres.[3] Lewis competed on MTV's Remote Control in 1988, against Britny Fox's Dizzy Dean Davidson and Anthrax's Charlie Benante, who won.[4]

Guitarist Mazzi Rawd left the music industry and went on to get his PhD in Physics.[5]

Guitarist Bill D'Angelo died of a heart attack in 2005, aged 43. The Albuquerque Tribune reported on March 26, 2006, that D'Angelo's death was due to methamphetamine misuse.[6]

In later years, satellite radio and VH1 Classic gave the band's two signature songs a new life, with display on VH1 Classic's Metal Mania and the two main satellite networks' 1980s-themed stations.

All-female lineup (2013–present) edit

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.[7] 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. It eventually became the band's last album of new material.

In January 2019, Lewis was named as the new vocalist for another all-female band, Vixen,[8] 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.[9]

Band members edit

Current members
Past members
  • Mazzi Rawd - guitars, keyboards, backing vocals (1987–1990)
  • Bill D'Angelo - guitars (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)

Discography edit

Studio albums edit

Singles edit

Other appearances edit

References edit

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  2. ^ a b c d Colin Larkin, ed. (1995). The Guinness Who's Who of Heavy Metal (Second ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 132. ISBN 0-85112-656-1.
  3. ^ Olivier (5 March 2017). "Femme Fatale singer Lorraine Lewis declines to discuss some of her prior musical projects – Sleaze Roxx". sleazeroxx.com. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  4. ^ "Hairmetallives.dc-lundberg.net". dc-lundberg.net. Archived from the original on October 29, 2006. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  5. ^ Carlson, Taylor T. (2014). HAIRcyclopedia Vol. 2 - The Vault (3rd ed.). Lulu. p. 65. ISBN 978-1300687559.
  6. ^ "Sleazeroxx.com". sleazeroxx.com. Archived from the original on January 11, 2007. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  7. ^ Blabbermouth (May 28, 2016). "FEMME FATALE's Long-Awaited Second Album Finally Sees Light Of Day". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  8. ^ "VIXEN Confirms FEMME FATALE Vocalist LORRAINE LEWIS As New Singer". Bravewords.com. January 22, 2019.
  9. ^ "Femme Fatale singer Lorraine Lewis fills in for ailing Janet Gardner at Vixen show in Oklahoma". Sleaze Roxx. March 5, 2018.
  10. ^ Tanaka, Janis (September 30, 2015). "Banana Shenanigans: Q&A with Musician Janis Tanaka". lbpost.com (Interview). Interviewed by Sander Roscoe Wolf. Long Beach Post. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  11. ^ Blabbermouth (May 17, 2017). "THE IRON MAIDENS Guitarist NIKKI STRINGFIELD Releases 'As Chaos Consumes' Single, Video". Blabbermouth.net.
  12. ^ "Femme Fatale". www.facebook.com. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  13. ^ "Femme Fatale Chart History > Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved June 14, 2019.[dead link]
  14. ^ "ARIA Albums Chart w/c 1-5-1989". Imgur.com. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  15. ^ "FEMME FATALE's Long-Awaited Second Album Finally Sees Light Of Day". Blabbermouth.net. May 28, 2016. Retrieved May 29, 2016.
  16. ^ a b "Official Charts > Femme Fatale". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  17. ^ Scott, Gavin. "This Week In 1989: May 7, 1989". chartbeats.com.au. Archived from the original on May 14, 2019. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  18. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 197. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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