Music: The Runaways
Not to be confused with Marvel Comics' Runaways.The Runaways were an all-female Hard Rock band from The '70s. 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 Riot Grrrl movement.The band's members were:
- Cherie Currie - vocals, keyboards (1975-1977)
- Joan Jett - guitar, vocals
- Lita Ford - lead guitar
- Sandy West - drums, vocals
- Micki Steele - bass (1975)
- Peggy Foster - bass (1975)
- Jackie Fox - bass (1975-1977)
- Vicki Blue - bass (1977-1978)
- Laurie McAllister - bass (1978-1979)
- The Runaways (1976)
- Queens of Noise (1977)
- Live in Japan (1977)
- Waitin' for the Night (1977)
- And Now... The Runaways (1978)
- Badass Boast: "Cherry Bomb"
- Breakup Breakout: Jett, and to a lesser extent Ford.
- Cover Version: "Rock and Roll" by the Velvet Underground.
- Cultural Rebel: What?! An all-female hard rock band?! Most unorthodox!
- In Name Only: In 1987, Kim Fowley put together a new Runaways. None of the original members were involved.
- Intercourse with You: Quite a bit.
- Jail Bait: They were in their mid-teens, but Cherie especially.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Lita comes across this way in Cherie's autobiography. The movie makes her a straight up Jerk Ass which is probably why Lita doesn't care for it.
- Musical World Hypotheses: Lampshaded in "Dead End Justice".
- Of Corsets Sexy: Cherie Currie wore a corset/basque, with garters and stockings, as her on-stage ensemble. Oh my.
- Power Ballad: "Heartbeat".
- Precision F-Strike: "You're Too Possesive".
- Spoken Word in Music: "Dead End Justice".
- The Svengali: Kim Fowley, who basically molded the group and allegedly abused the members. This picture◊ provides a pretty good idea of what a scumbag he was.
- Token Minority: Back when they began, they were
probablythe only all-female rock band to gain major success.
- Ur-Example: 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 Underwear of Power in music.