ARTIST: The Runaways
YEAR RELEASED: 1976
CHART ACTION: #194
SINGLES: Cherry Bomb (#106)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Doubtful, really.
LINEUP: Cherie Curie, Joan Jett, Lita Ford, Sandy West, Nigel Harrison (he played bass instead of Jackie Fox)
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Skeevy, sleazy rock and roll from teenage girls masterminded by skeevy, sleazy Kim Fowley.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The power of the press and the power of hype – the Runaways are probably more read about and written about than actually heard. Oh, well, yeah you probably have heard “Cherry Bomb” but no one really did in 1976.
This 10-track album is just mediocre rock in the whole, with some decent tunes from Joan Jett (of course), half-decent guitar playing, and more attitude than anything else. Attitude is fine, sure, but there’s an air of manufactured attitude more than anything.
The last track, “Dead End Justice” is kind of embarrassing in that there’s spoken word in there about the Currie being in juvie – it really doesn’t work at all.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: “Cherry Bomb” was a #1 smash in Japan.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: C: Some have been exiled. “Cherry Bomb” is great, and their cover of Lou Reed’s “Rock & Roll” shows they had taste – of Fowley did.