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Runaways Import

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Digitally re-mastered edition of the debut album that turned the heads of the postpunk era with the all-female rock band. The Runaways were originally hailed as a manufactured band due to Kim Fowley's involvement. However, their eponymous debut album soon proved their worth as musicians. With Joan Jett on rhythm guitar, Sandy West on drums, Lita Ford on lead guitar, Jackie Fox on bass and Cherrie Currie on lead vocals, "The Runaways" (1976) includes tracks such as the snarling "Cherry Bomb" and the brilliant "American Nights" prove the Runaways rocked with the best of them - and with an average age of 16!! "Cherry Bomb" became an FM classic and propelled the group into stature alongside the Ramones and others of the era.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 6, 2003)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Cherry Red UK
  • ASIN: B0000BZO2J
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,691 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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One of the first girl hard rock groups, The Runaways, made their debut in 1976 with the self titled album. Cherie Currie (16 years old) in vocals, Joan Jett (16 years old) in rhythm guitar & vocals, Lita Ford (17 years old) in lead guitar, Jackie Fox (16 years old) in bass and vocals, and Sandy West (16 years old) in drums and vocals made a huge success in Japan but not so great in America and Europe. They had one great hit "Cherry Bomb" which is defintely their best song and this album is also their best one. Also the B-side of "Cherry Bomb": "Blackmail" is included here. This album is full of great hard rock songs, no ballads and no boring guitar & drums solos. They also made a great version of L. Reed's "Rock And Roll". The album closes with a long track "Dead End Justice". The lyrics in the songs are mainly about sex, love, partying, drugs, rock'n'roll, and justice. Cherie Currie is an excellent vocalist...her voice is so hot and wild...also the other girls sing very well the backing vocals. This is one of the most underrated albums in the rock history. It has inspired many hard rock girl groups, for example Girl School and The Donnas.
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Here it is folks, the beginning of "grrrrl rock"; the angst driven rock of the female. This is the record that influenced an entire world of angry teenage females to express themselves through music. Loud, raucous, rock and roll music. This band was the Rosa Parks for the female rocker. After this record, the female rocker would no longer be riding the back of the bus; in fact, if they cut records anything like this one, they'd be driving it.

Let's state the obvious facts first. Yes, Joan Jett started this all-female teen band (all 16 years of age at the time of recording, except guitarist Lita Ford who was a whole 17 years old). Yes, Lita Ford played lead guitar for this band. And, yes, they had their only hit "Cherry Bomb" on this record. And as you dig deeper into the spirit of this record, you realize that there is so much more afoot here.

I am hard pressed to think of another release that is this spontaneous and raw. There is a hunger and passion for fame that burns through every groove here. These girls had a fire raging in their souls when they went into the studio to record this classic, a blaze that really never returned to them in their future recordings.

The record kicks off with their only big hit, "Cherry Bomb". A classic rock song that has the seductive, "bad girl" sound that epitomized an entire genre. Without sounding adolescent, the band uses a simple "bare bones" approach that contains nothing of any complexity. This is the appeal of the record. It feels as if this band rehearses in the garage at the end of the block, and you have their only recording. The band sings and plays directly to the listener,....for the listener.
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This album is nothing short of amazing. I think the reason The Runaways aren't talked about all that much is due to the fact that they only had one genuine hit in the catchy "Cherry Bomb" that is on this album.

Also, it just so happens that this album had a 16 year old Joan Jett playing rhythm guitar and a 17 year old Lita Ford playing lead guitar. Their subsequent solo careers (moreso Joan Jett's for longevity's sake) eclipsed what they did with The Runaways back in the day.

I think also that a big part of it was that it just wasn't that accepted yet back in the mid 70's for women to be able/allowed to rock out just like their male counterparts were doing. The fact that The Runaways were presented as nothing but sex symbols by their lable and producer to a certain extent kept them from really getting taken seriously at the time this album originally came out in 1976 (which is funny since they were all 16 with the exception of Lita Ford who was 17 at the time this record was made). People weren't really listening to the music as much as they were gawking at these admittedly very attractive women doing better than what a lot of guys were doing in rock at that time.

People are more quick to mention The Go-Go's mainly due to their more astronomical popularity and more streamlined sound as the first real "Girl Rock" group, but The Runaways were doing it before they were.

In fact, any all-girl rock bands will usually mention the profound impact that this album had on them. Just see any interview with the current all girl rock band The Donna's for proof of that.

While this album is raw and simplistic to a certain point, there's no denying that these girls even being just teenagers could play and write some very catchy songs.
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I am very happy to say that I bought this album back when it was first released, and I still have it, I taped all the songs to tapes as I usually do to save the wear and tear on the L.P. These girls kicked butt in the late 70's, raw talent Rock and Roll, Garage rock at it's best, They played their own instruments, gave you 110% pure sexual Rock & Roll. Not bad for a bunch of Underage Girls who are still Rockin today, although solo. Back then you bought the album for the music, they got by for their music, not like today, where the videos are more important then the sound!
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