|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||hard rock hair metal 80s female vocalists rock glam metal|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
Not to be confused with the Yorkshire, England-based Vixen, this glossy, female US rock quartet evolved from Genesis, the band formed by guitarist Jan Kuehnemund (St Paul, Minnesota, USA) in the mid-70s. Changing the name of the band to Vixen in the early 80s, the early line-up featured Liza Carbe on bass. The band which appeared in the 1984 movie Hardbodies comprised Kuehnemund, Janet Gardner (b. Juneau, Alaska, USA; vocals), Pia Koko (bass; wife of Steve Vai), Tamara Ivanova (rhythm guitar), and Laurie Hedlund (drums). Further line-up changes saw the recruitment of bass player Share Pedersen (b. Glenco, Minnesota, USA) and drummer Roxy Petrucci (b. Detroit, Michigan, USA; ex-Madam X). The band now had a wealth of musical ability and a strong visual image, and finally landed a recording contract with EMI Records. Their 1988 debut album included material by outside writers, most notably Richard Marx and Jeff Paris, and launched the band in the USA. Marketed as the...