Episode 44 is Here! The wheel has graced us with the 1976 debut album for the band The Runaways! How will this album rate as a benchmark for all-women Rock n’ Roll?
The Runaways is the debut studio album by American rock band The Runaways. It was released on June 1, 1976, by Mercury Records.
According to multiple sources, including Cherie Currie (in her memoir Neon Angel), the liner notes of the 2003 Cherry Red Records reissue of The Runaways, and Jackie Fox herself, bassist Nigel Harrison played bass on the album, due to manager Kim Fowley refusing to let Fox play on the record.
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. Currie was told to prepare a Suzi Quatro song for the audition; she picked “Fever”, a song the band did not know how to play. Instead, Jett and Fowley came up with the song and had Currie sing it for her audition.
In January 2009, “Cherry Bomb” was ranked 52nd on VH1’s 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs list.
“You Drive Me Wild” is featured in the 2010 film about the band. Actress Dakota Fanning covers “Cherry Bomb” as well as “Dead End Justice” with Kristen Stewart, as they portray Cherie Currie and Joan Jett, respectively.
The Runaways – arrangements
Cherie Currie – lead vocals, piano
Joan Jett – rhythm guitar, lead vocals
Lita Ford – lead guitar
Sandy West – drums, vocals
Jackie Fox – bass, vocals (only credited, did not perform on the album)
Scott Anderson – arrangements
Kim Fowley – arrangements
Rodney Bingenheimer – orchestration
Nigel Harrison – bass (uncredited)
Kim Fowley – production, direction
Andy Morris – sound
Scott Anderson – production coordination
Gilbert Kong – mastering
Bill Jimmerson – recording
Lawrence W. Wendelken – recording
Tom Gold – photography
Desmond Strobel – design
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