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Thursday, 7 May 2015

Alphabet Beats #121: R is for....The Runaways

R is for....

The Runaways were an American all-female rock band that recorded and performed in the second half of the 1970s. The band released four studio albums and one live set during its run. Among their best-known songs are "Cherry Bomb", "Hollywood", "Queens of Noise" and a cover version of the Velvet Underground’s "Rock and Roll". The Runaways, though never a major success in the United States, became a sensation overseas, e.g. in Japan, thanks to the hit single "Cherry Bomb".
Click on the links to enjoy the rockin' sound of The Runaways.

The Runaways were:
    Joan Jett – rhythm and lead guitar, lead and backing vocals (1975–1979); bass guitar (1977).
    Sandy West – drums, percussion, backing and lead vocals (1975–1979).
    Micki Steele – lead vocals (1975); bass guitar (1975).
    Lita Ford – bass guitar (1975, 1978); lead and rhythm guitar, backing and lead vocals (1975–1979).
    Peggy Foster – bass guitar (1975).
    Cherie Currie – lead and backing vocals, keyboards, tambourine, snare drum (1975–1977).
    Jackie Fox – lead and rhythm guitar (1975); bass guitar, backing and lead vocals (1975–1977).
    Vicki Blue – bass guitar, backing vocals (1977–1978).
    Laurie McAllister – bass guitar (1978–1979).

The Mercury Albums Anthology (2010)
 The Runaways (1976)
 Queens of Noise (1977)
 Live in Japan (1977)
 Waitin' for the Night (1978).

More Music From The Runaways

Recorded within a month of their debut show. They are still a three piece (pictured above) at this point with Micki Steele on Bass and Lead Vocals, Joan Jett Guitar and Vocals and Sandy West Drums and Vocals.

 The Runaways Live
(The You Tube link cites the wrong date)
(Poor quality but worth watching)
(Four songs and Interview)
This was when they were a three piece with Joan Jett, Sandy West and on Vocals and Bass Micki (Michael) Steele who would go on to gain success with another great all girl group The Bangles. This audio only clip contains 5 songs from the band in their early days.


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