Category: The Runaways

The Runaways – Queens of Noise

ARTIST: The Runaways              220px-The_runaways,_queens_of_noise

TITLE:  Queens of Noise

YEAR RELEASED: 1977

CHART ACTION: #172

SINGLES: Queens of Noise, Heartbeat (#110)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Neon Angels on the Road to Ruin

LINEUP: Cherie Curie, Joan Jett, Lita Ford, Jackie Fox, Sandy West

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Jailbait rockers record second album to crickets in the US, except for the devoted few and some magazines.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The ratio of hype to quality here is imbalanced, for sure. Kim Fowley, degenerate, still is trying to break the Runaways worldwide and lavishing personal attention on them. The press were again all over this, but the public didn’t buy it (except in Sweden, for some reason).

The music itself is kinda dumb rock-and-roll. There are a few embarrassing cuts that do sound like they came from high-schoolers. The lyrics on the opening cut “you gave me the answer / now I got the answer / oh, yeah” ain’t Shakespeare. It also was the only song not written or co-written by the group. Ah, well.

Pluses, though, for their playing. Ford rips some great leads. Jett does her best with what she’s got, and Fox and West are solid. If they just wrote better songs, but we can blame their Svengali for that, right?

NOTES & MINUTIAE: This is the last record that featured Currie and Fox, as they left because of disputes with Jett and Fowley, respectively.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.

GRADE: C: Half of it is decent, the other half cringe-worthy.

The Runaways – The Runaways

ARTIST: The Runaways      220px-Therunaways

TITLE:  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.