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Title: The Runaways
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on December 06, 2018, 01:21:14 AM
The Runaways spawned the careers of Joan Jett and Lita Ford, the two members of this band which went on to have a good deal of commercial success. The Runaways were an all teenage girl band formed in late 1975 in Los Angeles, under the guidance of producer Kim Fowler, by drummer Sandy West and guitarist Joan Jett.

 Originally the band was a trio featuring singer and bassist Mickey Steele (who later resurfaced in The Bangles and enjoyed success with that band) her stay was brief and she left before the recording of their debut album (some material featuring her vocals and bass later surfaced and can be found). The band then enlisted Lita Ford on lead guitar, lead vocalist Cherie Currie, and bassist Jackie Fox. Signed to Mercury records their self titled debut album was released in 1976. The bands second album Queens Of Noise was released in 1977 and the band was largely lumped in with the growing punk rock movement. The band toured Japan and were an instant hit there and gained much more success there and in other overseas areas than they did in the US. The Runaways live In Japan album was recorded during this stint. Jackie Fox quit the group on this tour shortly before their show at the Tokyo Music Festival citing allegations that Kim Fowley had raped her, she was replaced on bass by Vickie Blue upon their return home. Cherie Currie was next to depart after a falling out with Ford, which saw Ford take over lead vocal duties when the band released their third studio album Waiting For The Night later in 1977. Also in 1977 the group parted ways with Kim Fowler and their record label.

The bands final album And Now... The Runaways was released in Europe in late 1978, then in Japan in early 1979 on Cherry Red Records, it was released in the US on Polydor and was later re-issued by Rhino records as a picture disc titled Little Lost Girls in 1981 with a different cover photo and song sequence. Vickie Blue left the band in the early phase of the albums recording due to medical reasons and all the bass parts were handled on the record by Lita Ford. Laurie McCallister was hired as a replacement bassist but shortly after Jett and Ford dissolved the band. Ford and West then tried to form a new harder edged band but nothing came of the sessions.   

Joan Jett: Went on to form her band Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and forming her own record label Blackheart Records after being unable to secure a record deal. She has enjoyed massive success and a string of hits and continues performing.

Lita Ford: Went on to enjoy a good deal of success and heavy rotation on MTV through the 80's with her solo band, enjoying commercial success with several hit singles and she continues to record and perform after taking a long hiatus from doing so during the years 1996-2007.

Sandy West: Continued to perform in California in the eighties and nineties as the Sandy West Band, sometimes including Cherie Currie. She was diagnosed with lung cancer in 205 and died in 2006.

Micki Steele: Joined the Bangles in the early eighties enjoying a string of hits as one of their primary songwriters after bouncing around in a few other bands upon her departure from the Runaways.

Cherie Currie: Following The runaways Currie released a solo album in 1978 titled Beauty's Only Skin Deep and then released a duet album with her sister Marie in 1980 with a backing band made up of most of the members of Toto, they had a minor hit with Since You Been Gone. She also appeared in a number of films. Currie still performs and records on occasion but I don't believe has released anything in recent years.

Jackie Fox: Following her departure from The Runaways she went on to become a lawyer and amateur photographer.

Vicki Blue: Following her stint in The Runaways she went on to film and television production eventually becoming a producer/director including Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, and Real Stories of the Highway Patrol. Her production company released the documentary Edgeplay: A Film about the Runaways.

Laurie McCallister: After her very brief stint performing on the bands final tour dates she went on to join the Orchids, another Kim Fowley all girl band that released one album in 1980. She then retired from the music business and worked as a veterinarian technician before her death in 2011 at age 54.

Here are what I consider to be their best material.

Johnny Guitar:
Born to Be Bad:
Cherry Bomb:
You Drive Me Wild:
Queens Of Noise:
I Love Playin With Fire:
Take It Or Leave It:
Waitin' For The Night:
I'm A Million:
Black Leather:
Little Lost Girls:

Title: Re: The Runaways
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on December 06, 2018, 01:40:39 AM
Wasted 1977 UK TV:
Cherry Bomb live Japan 1977:
School Days 1977 rare video:

1977 full concert Japan plus extras:

Mama Weer All Crazee now (Slade cover)
Wild Thing (Troggs cover) Japan 1977:

Cherie Currie: 1984 Where's the Music (From the Rosebud Beach Hotel soundtrack)

You Drive Me Wild (trio recording with Sandy West, Joan Jett and Mickie Steele)

Neon Angels On The Road To Ruin:
Getting Hot:

Title: Re: The Runaways
Post by: Eye9 on December 26, 2018, 06:57:03 PM
News related to them has been popping up a bit recently.

Here is Cherie Currie joining Lita Ford at M3 Festival, Columbia, MD 2014 on Queens of noise
Title: Re: The Runaways
Post by: NJFIREFIGHTER on December 27, 2018, 12:15:42 PM
That's probably as close as they'll get to a reunion is Lita and Cherie performing together on occasion. 
Title: Re: The Runaways
Post by: Eye9 on January 12, 2019, 02:57:15 PM
They're more of a novelty and female rock history item. I don't think there is a big draw or demand for that band monetarily speaking and I think that's why it really isn't on Joan's bucket list. She draws more on her own I think than the need to split the proceeds with three or four other equal bandmates that will draw the same size crowds that she presently does.