The resulting tape found its way to Fowley's desk. Cherie and Marie's single "Since You Been Gone" peaked at number 95 on U.S. charts. , The Runaways were signed to Mercury Records in 1976, and their debut album, The Runaways, was released shortly after. West was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2005 and, after many treatments, succumbed to the disease in October 2006.  They are named as influences by several male and female artists, including the Germs, Courtney Love, the Adolescents, Taylor Momsen, White Flag, and Rhino Bucket who acknowledged the Runaways' influence on their music during their performance at the December 2006 tribute concert honoring Sandy West.  On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 70% rating based on 187 reviews, and an average rating of 6.19/10.. The band released four studio albums and one live set during its run. Former lead singer of The Runaways Cherie Currie. Featured on the album was Steve Lukather, who later married Marie Currie. West continued her association with John Alcock once the group disbanded. By Ray Shasho The Runaways original lead singer Cherie Currie returned to the stage for the first time since opening for Joan Jett and The Blackhearts in 2010. Rhythm guitarist Joan Jett took over lead singer duties and Vicki Blue was hired as the new bass â¦ She is the author of The Well, an unpublished work of young adult historical fiction, and is currently working on her second novel. She is also currently under contract with Jett's Blackheart Records label. Also on that compilation was a song that featured Chicago-native guitarist Bill Millay. She married actor Robert Hays; they have a son together, Jake Hays, but the couple divorced in 1997. In doing so, Jett became one of the first female recording artists to found her own record label. In 2010, Joan explained to The Irish Times, "We wanted to be The Rolling Stones, Led â¦ The documentary film Edgeplay: A Film About the Runaways states that the album's first track " Cherry Bomb " was written ad hoc during the audition of lead singer Cherie Currie and the title is a play on the pronunciation of Currie's first name. The 1989 single "Close My Eyes Forever", a duet with Ozzy Osbourne, remains Ford's â¦ Jett went on to have massive success with a cover of the Arrows' song "I Love Rock 'n' Roll", as well as other hits such as "Crimson and Clover", "Bad Reputation" and "I Hate Myself for Loving You". It doesn't get any better than that, being underage at the same time." , The Runaways received generally positive reviews from critics. "I don't think the Runaways could have happened under those circumstances. Two decades later he said, "I didn't put the Runaways together, I had an idea, they had ideas, we all met, there was combustion and out of five different versions of that group came the five girls who were the ones that people liked. After Currie and Fox left in mid-1977, Jett emerged as the group's lead singer. She left Los Angeles and moved to Northern California to concentrate on painting. Bomp! Steele was briefly in the 70's all-girl rock group, The Runaways, as both the lead singer and bass player, but got kicked out for being too old. Rock Icon Cherie Currie on New Album & Leaving The Runaways - LAMC Productions - Omny.fm We speak with Cherie Currie, former Lead Singer of iconic female rock band, 'The Runaways' about her new album 'Blvds of Splendor', her reasons for leaving 'The Runaways' & how she's been rockin' the art of chainsaw â¦ Additionally, Tischler-Blue and Ford have teamed up together with Ford recording music for El Guitarrista, an animated series that Sacred Dogs Entertainment Group is producing. God bless them for every little girl (and boy) they inspired to play drums or pick up a guitar. Marco LG: Major disclaimer: I have a soft spot for The Runaways, and the solo careers of Lita Ford and Joan Jett. Jett went on to work with producer and former Shondell Kenny Laguna. And our band â¦ Jett went on to have massive success with a coveâ¦ Movies", "The Real Runaways: Still Rockin' 30 Years Later", "10 Thanksgiving Words With Bizarre Origins", "The Runaways' Jackie Fuchs is killing it on Jeopardy! During 2009, Lita toured as a special guest during many shows of the American Soldier tour for the progressive metal band, QueensrÃ¿che where she performed two songs from Wicked Wonderland and reprised her duet "Close My Eyes Forever" with QueensrÃ¿che lead singer, Geoff Tate. American all-female rock band from Los Angeles, This article is about the band. - IMDb Mini Biography By: Fox, and appeared in the 2000 Broadway revival of The Rocky Horror Show as Columbia. 2010 - Musical biopic of Cherie Currie, lead singer of the 1970s all-girl rock group the Runaways, whose meteoric rise up the charts was saturated with drugs and other excesses of the era. A coming-of-age biographical film about the 1970s teenage all-girl rock band The Runaways. Also set to star is Dakota Fanning who'll be playing Cherri Currie, lead singer of The Runaways. Jett went on to work with producer and former Shondell Kenny Laguna. In 1980, billed as Cherie and Marie Currie, the sisters released an album for Capitol, Messin' with the Boys, produced by Jai Winding. Moreover, Michael did a guest stint in fellow The Bangles band member Victoria Peterson's group, the Continental Drifters, in which she filled in for primary bassist Mark Walton. After 2 studio albums,a great live album, and lots of critical and managerial abuse as a 5 piece band, singer Cherie Currie and bassist Jackie Fox left the band. They soon added lead guitarist Lita Ford, who had originally auditioned for the bass spot; Jett switched to rhythm guitar. In the summer of 1977, their booking agent David Libert sent the group to Japan, where they played a string of sold-out shows. She has an art gallery in Chatsworth, California where her works are currently on display. Steele was fired from the group, replaced by local bassist Peggy Foster, who left after just one month. In the Edgeplay documentary, members of the group (especially Fox and Currie) as well as the parents of Currie and West, have accused Fowley, and others assigned to look after the band, of broken promises as to schooling and other care, using divide and conquer tactics to keep control of the band, along with the verbal taunting of band members. Directed by Floria Sigismondi.  They were unprepared for the onslaught of fans that greeted them at the airport. She was married to Chris Holmes of W.A.S.P., and to former Nitro singer Jim Gillette, with whom she has two sons. When the group split with Fowley, they also parted with their record label Mercury/Polygram, to which their deal was tied. Even The Runaways' lead singer, Cherie Currie, admitted in an interview with Spin that their unsupervised rock-and-roll lifestyle and mostly absent and permissive parents would not have gone over well in today's world.  While in Japan, the Runaways had their own TV special, did numerous television appearances and released the album Live in Japan, which went gold. Among their best-known songs are "Cherry Bomb", "Hollywood", "Queens of Noise" and a cover version of the Velvet Undergroundâs "Rock & Roll". Currie released a solo LP, Beauty's Only Skin Deep, produced by Fowley, and began a separate U.S. tour, which included her identical twin sister Marie. She formed the Sandy West Band and toured California throughout the 1980s and 1990s, sometimes with Cherie Currie. , In July 2015, after Fowley's death, Fuchs revealed publicly that Fowley raped her on New Year's Eve 1975 at a party after a Runaways performance at an Orange County club. Jett would then take over as lead vocalist on the bandâs last two albums, Waiting for the Night and And Nowâ¦ The Runaways. The Runaways. woodyanders, Other Works | Upon leaving the Runaways, Currie released a 1978 solo album titled Beauty's Only Skin Deep and a 1980 duet album with her sister Marie Currie, Messin' with the Boys, in which the duo was backed by most of Toto. Lead singer Cherie Currie told the Boston Herald that same year that being in the band was "a great way to be rebellious. Jett also co-starred in the 1987 film Light of Day with Michael J. Twilight actress Kristen Stewart is set to portray rock star Joan Jett in the up and coming biopic about Jett's all girl band, The Runaways. Go up onstage singing those lyrics in your underwear. At the same time, Ford appeared on VH1's Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp, That Metal Show, and recently filmed a guest spot on the Nickelodeon show Big Time Rush in support of the album. Powerful. The two were joined by Cherie Currie, Lita Ford, and Jackie Fox and became the main core â¦  In the meantime, Currie announced plans to perform and possibly record new material with Lita Ford. She released Wicked Wonderland, her first studio album in 14 years, on October 6, 2009. It did not take long before Fowley, who still owned the Runaways trademark, was putting together a new Runaways band built around Welch. The Runaways in 1976 (clockwise from top left): "Lita Ford Plays Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction? Due to disagreements over money and the management of the band, the Runaways and Kim Fowley parted ways in 1977. Blue left the group due to medical problems and was briefly replaced by Laurie McAllister in November 1978.  She continues playing and touring all over the world to this day. But being a 15-year-old girl in the male dominated rock music industry â¦ After being rejected by 23 record labels, they formed their own label, Blackheart Records, in 1980. The Runaways' success paved the way for many successful female artists and female bands over the past 30 years, including the Go-Go's, Sahara Hotnights, L7, the Donnas, and Vixen to enter the male-dominated arena of rock music. The story is about Currie's time as lead singer with the band, which she joined when she was â¦ The Runaways' official lineup consisted of Joan, Sandy, lead guitarist Lita Ford, bassist Jackie Fox, and lead singer Cherie Currie. Cherie Currie, Sandy West, Jackie Fox, Joan Jett and Lita Ford of the Runaways pose for a portrait in April 1976. Jett took over bass duties until the group returned home and recruited Vicki Blue. The fictional replacement is named Robin Robbins.  1976, The Runaways -- Lita Ford, Joan Jett, Jackie Fox, Sandy West, Cherie Currie -- photo by Tom Gold The Runaways teenage, all-female rock band was co-founded in 1975 by guitarist Joan Jett and drummer Sandy West. Cherie and Marie Currie's song "Since You Been Gone" charted number 95 on U.S. charts. - Runaways, Family + More", https://www.hollywoodnews.com/2010/07/27/the-runaways-re-record-cherry-bomb-for-guitar-hero-warriors-of-rock, "Sauro, Tony. Steele joined the band The Bangles in the early 1980s and went on to success with songs such as "Manic Monday", "Walk Like an Egyptian" and "Eternal Flame". This changed when Currie quit the band in late 1977 to pursue a solo career and acting work. Their second album, Queens of Noise, was released in 1977, and the band began a world tour. The Runaways were the number four imported music act in Japan at the time, behind ABBA, Kiss and Led Zeppelin in album sales and popularity. Jett became a founding member of the Runaways, alongside drummer Sandy West.  She also writes an L.A. cat care column for Examiner.com and is an occasional contributor to Listverse.com. We welcome our next guest Cherie Currie to Ken Boxer Live. Music video by The Runaways performing Cherry Bomb.  In 2005, Tischler-Blue directed Naked Under Leather, a documentary about fellow female rocker Suzi Quatro, which was selected for the Santa Cruz Film Festival in May 2004 but in the end was never released. The Runaways. Joan and Kim Fowley wrote most of the Runaways' songs, including the famous "Cherry Bomb." Originally, Jett only sang lead on a few songs with The Runaways, with Cherie Currie as the bandâs principal lead singer. The Runaways quickly became lumped in with the growing punk rock movement. She also did session work with John Entwistle of The Who and became a drum teacher. Jett, who had previously shared vocals with Currie, took over lead vocals full-time. Currie opened at the Foundry in Cleveland on August 7th and has played two Florida dates in Pensacola and West Palm Beach later that month. Official Sites, View agent, publicist, legal and company contact details on IMDbPro, Chuck Berry Hail! Jett was one of the executive producers for the film. As lead singer of the first all-female group, The Runaways, Cherie Currie was the ultimate blond 1970s teenage rock ânâ roll fantasy: Raw.Beautiful. Steele was briefly in the 70's all-girl rock group, The Runaways, as both the lead singer and bass player, but got kicked out for being too old. from Harvard becoming a lawyer, focusing on entertainment. Stars Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning. In 2012, she has been recording songs co-written with her son Jake, produced by Steve Lukather. In doing so, Jett became one of the first female recording artists to found her own record label. The band toured the U.S. and played numerous sold-out shows.  Fuchs has a popular website and blog at www.myspace.com/jackiefuchs and was the first guest blogger for the Environmental Working Group's Pets for the Environment website. She was 54 years old.. Vicki Blue is now known as Victory Tischler-Blue. Cherie Curry from the RUNAWAYS shares her thoughts and feelings with Jeffery Ford about so many things! The Runaways started out in late 1975 as a trio which comprised of guitarist Joan Jett, drummer Sandy West, and bassist Michael "Micki" Steele. Before joining the Runaways, McAllister played with Baby Roulette and the Rave Ons, who had one song released on a Kim Fowley compilation LP called Vampires From Outer Space. Michael Shannon played Fowley. After the brief tenure of singer and bass guitarist Micki Steele, Jackie Fox, Lita Ford, and Cherie Currie soon joined up to complete the band, creating the classic lineup. Jett later described the mass hysteria as "like Beatlemania".  Neither would accept the other's point of view. ", Starting as a power trio with singer/bassist Micki Steele, the Runaways began the party and club circuit around Los Angeles. Fowley then helped the girls find other members. Laurie retired from the music industry and worked as a veterinarian technician in Eugene, Oregon. The band (already fixtures on the West Coast punk scene) formed alliances with mostly male punk bands such as the Ramones and the Dead Boys (via New York City's CBGB) as well as the British punk scene by hanging out with the likes of the Damned, Generation X and the Sex Pistols.  Finally, the band played their last concert on New Year's Eve 1978 at the Cow Palace near San Francisco and officially broke up in April 1979. She was already a powerful force behind the scenes, writing most of the Runaways' songs. Lead guitarist Lita Ford and lead singer Cherie Currie joined the band line-up in 1976. The label continues to release albums by the Blackhearts, and also other new up and coming bands. After a long hiatus, Ford staged a comeback, performing at Rock The Bayou, and other hard-rock festivals during the summer of 2008. 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