''Not to be confused with Creator/MarvelComics' {{ComicBook/Runaways}}.''

The Runaways were an all-female HardRock band from TheSeventies. Despite having a very short career, The Runaways hold the distinction of being the first successful all-female rock band, thus opening the door for a ton of other similar all-female/female-fronted bands. They have been cited as an important influence on the RiotGrrrl movement.

The band's members were:
* Cherie Currie - vocals, keyboards (1975-1977)
* Music/JoanJett - guitar, vocals
* Music/LitaFord - lead guitar
* Sandy West - drums, vocals
* [[Music/TheBangles Micki Steele]] - bass (1975)
* Peggy Foster - bass (1975)
* Jackie Fox - bass (1975-1977)
* Vicki Blue - bass (1977-1978)
* Laurie [=McAllister=] - bass (1978-1979)

The band was initially put together by Sandy West and Joan Jett, who met producer Kim Fowley and managed to get him interested in the concept of an all-female rock band. Fowley helped them recruit the other members - Currie, the 16-year old guitar wiz Ford and, after a succession of bass players, Fox - and produced their debut album, the hard rock/glam rock ''The Runaways''. Released in 1976, ''Runaways'' became a success with critics and the record-buying public alike, and gave the band its signature song, "Cherry Bomb". Soon, the band found itself headlining shows alongside bands like Music/CheapTrick, Music/TheRamones and Music/VanHalen.

Despite being saddled with a "jailbait on the run gimmick" (whether this is Fowley's fault or theirs is still a matter of dispute), The Runaways proved to be skilled musicians and soon won an audience among the emerging PunkRock movement and [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff in Japan]] - they were the fourth most popular foreign band in Japan at the time and Jett compared their reception there to [[Music/TheBeatles Beatlemania]]. After a long tour of Japan, Currie quit in 1977 and Jett assumed lead vocal duties.

The Runaways acrimoniously parted with manager and producer Kim Fowley in 1978, accusing him of being [[TheSvengali controlling as well as verbally and sexually abusive]]. This also caused them to leave their record label. After another, more tepidly-received solo album and tour, the band disbanded in 1979.

Out of all the members, [[BreakupBreakout Jett and Ford]] had the most success after the band's breakup - the former made a name for herself with her band The Blackhearts and her cover of "I Love Rock 'N' Roll", and the latter reemerged as a successful HairMetal musician in TheEighties.

Fox left the performing side of the music business and went on to attend [[UsefulNotes/IvyLeague Harvard Law School]], where UsefulNotes/BarackObama was among her classmates. She's now an entertainment attorney, but concentrates on representing movie and TV people.

A {{Biopic}} dealing with the band's career, named ''The Runaways'', written and directed by Floria Sigismondi, was released in 2010. The film features: Creator/KristenStewart as Jett, Creator/DakotaFanning as Currie, Stella Maeve as Sandy West, Scout-Taylor Compton as Ford and Creator/MichaelShannon as Fowley.

In 2015, Jackie Fox came forwards saying that she had been [[http://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/the-lost-girls/ drugged]] and raped by Kim Fowley at a party while Joan and Cherie looked on laughing and doing nothing. After she and Jett received a severe internet backlash, Cherie wrote a reply on her Facebook page [[http://pitchfork.com/news/60350-the-runaways-cherie-currie-responds-to-jackie-fox-rape-allegation-against-kim-fowley/ denying the claims]] and saying that "All I can say is if Joan, Sandy and I saw an unconscious girl being brutally raped in front of us, we would have hit him over the head with a chair." (Interestingly, Currie had said previously that she witnessed the event, spoke up and then stormed out of the room.) Jett also denied that the event had occurred, [[http://hollywoodlife.com/2015/07/14/joan-jett-jackie-fox-rape-witness-bandmate/ writing a post that said]] "Anyone who truly knows me understands that if I was aware of a friend or bandmate being violated, I would not stand by while it happened [...] For a group of young teenagers thrust into ’70s rock stardom there were relationships that were bizarre, but I was not aware of this incident. Obviously Jackie’s story is extremely upsetting and although we haven’t spoken in decades, I wish her peace and healing."

Lita Ford [[http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/lita-ford-comments-on-jackie-fox-rape-allegation-against-kim-fowley/ also commented]] on the allegations, saying "[I]f anybody knew anything, it would have been [manager Scott Anderson], Cherie and Joan, and Scott now is passed away, along with Kim Fowley. But I do know that Jackie's not a liar, and if she says that somebody was watching her, and if she says that this happened, then I believe her; I do. She's a little extreme sometimes, but still… it's not right. I really don't know what to say about it."

* ''The Runaways'' (1976)
* ''Queens of Noise'' (1977)
* ''Live in Japan'' (1977)
* ''Waitin' for the Night'' (1977)
* ''And Now... The Runaways'' (1978)


* BadassBoast: "Cherry Bomb"
* BreakupBreakout: Jett, and to a lesser extent Ford.
* CoverVersion: "Rock and Roll" by the Music/VelvetUnderground.
* CulturalRebel: [[SarcasmMode What?! An all-female]] ''[[SarcasmMode hard]]'' [[SarcasmMode rock band?! Most unorthodox!]]
* InNameOnly: In 1987, Kim Fowley put together a new Runaways. None of the original members were involved.
* IntercourseWithYou: Quite a bit.
* JailBait: They were in their mid-teens, but Cherie especially.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Lita comes across this way in Cherie's autobiography. [[Film/TheRunaways The movie]] makes her a straight up JerkAss which is probably why Lita doesn't care for it.
* MusicalWorldHypotheses: Lampshaded in "Dead End Justice".
* NobodyLovesTheBassist: The band just couldn't seem to hold onto one. In [[Film/TheRunaways the movie]], the bassist is a CompositeCharacter, Robyn Robbins, who has no spoken lines.
* OfCorsetsSexy: Cherie Currie wore a corset/basque, with garters and stockings, as her on-stage ensemble. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cjd01Cup8yw&feature=related Oh my.]]
* PowerBallad: "Heartbeat".
* PrecisionFStrike: "You're Too Possessive".
* SpokenWordInMusic: "Dead End Justice".
* TheSvengali: Kim Fowley, who basically molded the group and allegedly abused the members. [[http://highline.huffingtonpost.com/images/runaways/document-42bd50ed.jpg This picture]] provides a pretty good idea of what a scumbag he was.
* TokenMinority: Back when they began, they were [[strike:probably]] the only all-female rock band to gain major success.
* TropeCodifier: First all-female rock band that was known by the general public (Goldie and the Gingerbreads and Fanny came before, but who remembers them?). Music/LitaFord has commented in interviews, such as on Creator/{{NPR}}'s ''Fresh Air'', that she hears a lot of the Runaways in both all-female acts and in [[MaleBandFemaleSinger female-led acts]] such as Music/{{Halestorm}}. And possibly for UnderwearOfPower in music.