I watched The Runaways on Saturday night, the film about The Runaways- 70s California’s all girl punk/glam group. It had a good balance of girls with guitars and sunshine good times, hazy chaos and drug induced fall. The narrative arc in rock films is cliched- it has to be really- but it was well done, it looked good, the highs felt high and the lows were way down low. The two leads- Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning- were both excellent as well.

Cherie left rock’n’ roll after her Runaways induced breakdown. Joan Jett didn’t leave rock ‘n’ roll and had several hits including this heart warming, rifftastic cover of a Tommy James and the Shondells song (which I think Drew may have posted a while back but is the only Jett/Runaways song I currently have on the hard drive apart from Cherry Bomb which I have previously posted here myself).

Crimson And Clover

Here are The Runaways, without singer Cherie Currie, on serious rock programme The Old Grey Whistle Test kicking up a bit of a storm. Go Joan.


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The Runaways released their best known single in 1976 and quickly became lumped in with the nascent punk scene. It’s a fizzy, glam/punky song and was partly responsible for them becoming big in Japan. They couldn’t get arrested anywhere else but did tour Britain and the US appearing with many of punk’s main players. Most impressively they got ejected from a photo session in Disneyland because, allegedly, one of them ‘threatened one of the Disney staff with a homosexual act’ and they were ‘doing weird things with french fries’.

The Runaways split up in 1979. Guitarist Joan Jett went on with her Blackhearts and had a major hit with I Love Rock ‘n’Roll. Mickie Steele joined The Bangles. Lita Ford had a solo metal career masterminded by Sharon Osbourne. Cherie Currie had a brief film career, worked with drug-troubled teens and does chainsaw art. Sandy West toured and taught drums and died of lung cancer in 2006.

Cherry Bomb