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Rev It Up es el segundo álbum de estudio de la banda estadounidense de hard rock y heavy metal Vixen, publicado en 1990 por el sello EMI Music. Obtuvo el puesto 52 en los Billboard 200 y el lugar 20 en la lista británica UK Albums Chart.
A pesar de continuar con el mismo sonido del disco anterior, no obtuvo mayor difusión en los Estados Unidos, pero sí en el Reino Unido y otros países europeos. Dentro del listado de canciones participaron Ron Keel de la banda Keel, Steve Plunkett de Autograph y la cantautora Diane Warren en la composición de las letras y la música.
En total se extrajeron tres temas como sencillos entre ellos «How Much Love», que alcanzó el puesto 11 en la lista Mainstream Rock Tracks y el lugar 44 en los Billboard Hot 100.1 Además «Love is A Killer» obtuvo el puesto 71 en los Billboard Hot 100 y la posición 41 en los UK Singles Chart del Reino Unido.
Lista de canciones:
1. «Rev It Up» Janet Gardner, Ron Keel, Share Pedersen, Steve Diamond 5:00
2. «How Much Love» Jack Conrad, Jan Kuehnemund, Steve Plunkett 4:40
3. «Love is A Killer» Harry Paress, Roxy Petrucci 4:43
4. «Not a Minute to Soon» Gardner, Pedersen 4:26
5. «Streets in Paradise» Conrad, Kuehnemund, Plunkett 4:32
6. «Hard 16» Gardner, Pedersen 4:05
7. «Bad Reputation» Brian Miku, Kuehnemund, Gardner 4:09
8. «Fallen Hero» Ralph Carter, Kuehnemund, Gardner 5:17
9. «Only a Heartbeat Away» Gardner, Pedersen 5:07
10. «It Would'nt Be Love» Diane Warren 4:42
11. «Wreckling Ball» Gardner, Pedersen
Vixen was formed in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1973 by guitarist Jan Kuehnemund while still in high school. They were the first all female rock band from the Twin Cities. (Têtes Noires was the first all female rock band from Minneapolis a year or two later).Alex Henderson, writing for Allmusic, says they started in 1981 in Los Angeles. In 1984, an early version of the band with Kuehnemund, singer Janet Gardner and bassist Pia Maiocco (who later married guitarist Steve Vai) appeared in the movie Hardbodies, as the on-screen band Diaper Rash. In 1985, the band moved to Los Angeles, California to be part of the L.A. rock scene.
Lineup changes happened during the following years until the "classic lineup" of Janet Gardner (b. Janet Patricia Gardner on March 17, 1962 in Juneau, Alaska, USA) - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, Jan Kuehnemund (b. Janice Lynn "Jan" Kuehnemund, November 18, 1961 – October 10, 2013) - lead guitar, background vocals, Share Pedersen (b. Sharon June Howe on March 21, 1963 in Glencoe, Minnesota) - bass, background vocals, and Roxy Petrucci (b. Roxy Dora Petrucci on March 17, 1960 in Rochester, Michigan) - drums, background vocals, was formed. This lineup of Vixen was interviewed in 1987 along with many other rock artists of the day by Penelope Spheeris for her film The Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years.
In 1988 the band was signed to EMI, and they began recording their debut album Vixen, which was released in September 1988. Singer-songwriter Richard Marx co-wrote with Fee Waybill and arranged their signature hit, "Edge of a Broken Heart" and produced the song. Rumor was he was asked to assist the all-female band by EMI to produce their first major hit. Richard Marx had nothing to do with their follow-up CD, since he was becoming more of a mainline singer than songwriter. Vixen spent the next year touring the world, supporting acts such as Ozzy Osbourne, Scorpions, and Bon Jovi, as well as headlining their own shows. The band returned to the studio in late 1989/early 1990 to record their follow-up album, Rev It Up, which was released in July 1990. A year of touring followed, including headlining their own shows and supporting acts such as KISS and Deep Purple. In mid-1991, the group disbanded due to musical differences.