"Edge Of A Broken Heart" - Vixen
from the album Vixen (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #26 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 5
Today's song of the day comes from the all-female "glam metal" band Vixen, who originally was formed in the early 80's in Los Angeles, but by the time their self-titled first album was released, only guitarist Jan Kuehnemund remained from their starting lineup. Although sporting an image of a womanly version of Poison (yes, I know), the album had producers like David Cole (of the future C&C Music Factory) and Richard Marx, the latter co-writing their first single "Edge Of A Broken Heart" with Fee Waybill of the new wave group the Tubes. No matter the heritage of the track, the band sold the pop/metal vibe and their made-up looks got the guys attention as much as lead singer Janet Gardner's voice, but either way they were a fresh respite from the testosterone-filled room of hard rock...
"Edge of A Broken Heart" became Vixen's first top-40 pop hit in November of 1988. The single also crossed over to the Mainstream Rock radio chart in Billboard magazine at #24. The song was a minor hit in England as well at #51.
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Here's the band performing the song live for MTV's New Years Eve party...
...and lastly a toned down acoustic version from MTV Unplugged...
Up tomorrow: An American ("Psycho") pop band with some tiny planet.