No glam rocker was as much of a glamorous and gorgeous-faced goddess as Sebastian Bach was, but the AquaNet-covered jewels of Vixen came pretty close. Vixen’s founding guitarist, the late Jan Kuehnemund, created the band of all-goddess glam rockers in St. Paul, Minnesota in the 1970s and after they moved to L.A. in 1985, they became the Queens of the Sunset Strip! Or something. Vixen has had many members throughout the years, but the “classic line-up” was made up of Jan, singer Janet Gardner, bassist Share Pederson and drummer Roxy Petrucci.
Their first hit, and the song I know them best from, was “Edge Of A Broken Heart,” which was co-written by Richard Marx. I listened to this 80s glam rock masterpiece again this morning, and immediately added Vixen to the long list of true artistes that Lady Gaga has copy + pasted from. “Edge Of A Broken Heart” sounds like the flawless diamond to “The Edge of Glory’s” chipped CZ.
WARNING: After you press play on this piece of glam rock perfection, you may find yourself contributing to the end of the ozone layer by teasing and spraying your mane until it’s so stiff that it doesn’t move when you bust out sweet, sexy moves in front of a fan and smoke machine.
Vixen got themselves another hit with “Cryin‘.” They broke up in 1991 after putting out a couple of albums, but they’ve reunited a few times since then.
I know I said before that nothing could save the blasphemous abomination that was the Jem and the Holograms movie, but I take that back. It would’ve ruled the box office if Vixen played The Misfits and about 10 minutes into the movie, they destroyed Jem and the rest of the movie was just them playing their greatest hits.