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: