''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)
* JoanJett - guitar, vocals
* LitaFord - lead guitar
* Sandy West - drums, vocals
* [[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 CheapTrick, TheRamones and 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.

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

* ''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.
* {{Lolicon}} / TheSvengali: Kim Fowley, who basically molded the group and allegedly abused the members.
* MusicalWorldHypotheses: Lampshaded in "Dead End Justice".
* 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 Possesive".
* SpokenWordInMusic: "Dead End Justice".
* TokenMinority: Back when they began, they were [[strike:probably]] the only all-female rock band to gain major success.
* UrExample: First all-female rock band that was known by the general public (Goldie and the Gingerbreads and Fanny came before, but who remembers them?).
** And possibly for UnderwearOfPower in music.