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Ooh...She's A Little Runaway

runaways2.jpgWelcome to the very first edition of Bring Back Glam! by request. A lot of you are big fans of The Runaways. Regular reader Joe has even posted a petition on the Message Board asking for your help getting the legendary all-female band into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame.

I figure most people are pretty familiar with The Runaways, but if not, here's a little background information. The Runaways were formed in the 1970s. The band featured a slew of different members including Joan Jett, Sandy West, Micki Steele, Lita Ford, Cherie Currie, Vicki Blue, Jackie Fox and Laurie McAllister. Of that list, Joan Jett and Lita Ford enjoyed quite successful solo careers after The Runaways and Micki Steele joined the Bangles (and yes, I loved the Bagles when I was a kid!)

 At any rate, The Runaways toured a lot in Europe and opened for some pretty big bands including Cheap Trick and Van Halen. Their self-titled debut is considered a classic among fans of chick rock - and their passion helped break the glass ceiling for women in music. At the time of their arrival on the scene, it was pretty common to hear a female soloist sing ballads or even disco, but rock was just about out of the question.

After the self-titled release, The Runaways released Queens of Noise in 1977. I can't think of a better album name for a group of women who can outplay most men.  The band forged on and made another record after line-up and management changes. There is a lot of documented drama between members of The Runaways and manager Kim Fowley. Looking at history, I think it is sad the band couldn't come to more agreeable terms with Fowley.

All told, The Runaways disbanded in 1978. If they had hit the scene in, say, 1982, I think they would have enjoyed greater popularity. After all, Vixen wishes they were as important as The Runaways.

Here are a few videos of The Runaways. Watch the clips then sign the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame petition over on the Message Board.  I want the band to get inducted just to see if Lita Ford comes out of hiding for the night!

Here are backstage clips set to "I Love Playin' With Fire."

Here's "Wasted" on the Old Grey Whistle Test:

Reader Comments (12)

I don't know if your aware of this or not, but Kim Fowley was a guy!
February 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGary
Thanks so much for the article..Cherie is a sweetheart and The Runaways rocked..=)
February 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoe
Oh I forgot to mention year before last I met Joan and she also is a sweet heart..The Runaways are one my favorite bands too =)
February 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

Am I thinking of the woman who managed Guns n' Roses, then? Damn I can't think of her name...

EDIT: It's Vicky Hamilton. I am losing my mind. It was bound to happen sooner or later.

February 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAllyson
Has anyone seen "Edgeplay" the documentary about The Runaways?..Kim Fowleys wasn't too nice to them..Cherie hates him to this day.
February 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoe
Loved the Runaways. Loved Melanie too.
Thanks for the read.
February 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJames Baldwin
February 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterALEXX
February 29, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertommydahl
October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRunaway
How old are the runaway at 2008. they are hotttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt
October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRunaway
She may be hot but she lost her mind
October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBritney Spears
Miley cyrus is gay spread the word. She madeout with a girl in the movies
October 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMiley Cyrus

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