We decided to be super generous today considering there is no Ass Whoopin Wednesday posts and not to many albums we love celebrates an anniversary on the day we do these Album Of The Week posts. An anniversary you ask and who is the band? Well on June 1, 1976, The Runaways released their self titled debut record on this day making it 40 years old. The band which was made up of Cherie Currie (Vocals), Joan Jett (Guitar/Vocals), Lita Ford (Guitars), Jackie Fox (Bass, Credit only did not perform on record), Nigel Harrison (Bass), and Sandy West (Drums). Apparently when the album was being created, Kim Fowley (the band’s manager and producer) would not allow Jackie Fox to play on the album which is why Nigel Harrison is credited as the bass player. The album wasn’t too successful however as it only peaked at 174 on The Billboard Top 200 Charts, but it spawned a number one single in Japan and Scandinavia with Cherry Bomb.
1. Cherry Bomb– Apparently the most popular Runaways song is also a song Kim Fowley and Joan Jett quickly wrote on the spot because no one could play the song Cherie Currie picked for her audition. The title is a play on words of Cherie’s name and one of the most bad ass songs ever. 5/5
2. You Drive Me Wild– The next track on the album that was written and sung by Joan Jett. The song has an amazing blues rock guitar riff and a cool guitar solo in a track that talks about sex. 4.5/5
3. Is It Day or Night?– A Currie sung track that talks about the girls having to fight for their lives to survive on the rock scene. 4/5
4. Thunder-An AC/DC like rock track that Cherie Currie once again sings on that mixes a little Kiss flavor in their. 4/5
5. Rock & Roll– The band’s cover of The Velvet Underground classic with Jett on vocals. 4/5
6. Lovers– One of many tracks that Kim Fowley had something to do with writing wise with very sexual lyrics in a cool rock track. 4/5
7. American Nights– a cool rock track that just describes teenagers all over the world and what they do at night in a track sung by Currie. 4/5
8. Blackmail– a not so typical break up song written by women and I say that because instead of sitting there and being depressed, these women get revenge. The song features some awesome vocals from Jett. 4.5/5
9. Secrets– A very interesting track with an interesting message. Currie sings about how they inspire to be something, but they have to hide it because it’s not what they are supposed to do. 4/5
10. Dead End Justice– A cool girl anthem that has a hard driving riff as Currie and Jett share the vocal duties on this song. It’s also the longest track on the album as it clocks in at 7 minutes long. The track features some cheesy dialogue, but it’s cool 4/5
My Final Thoughts– These were some bad ass women who did a lot for women in rock and roll. They proved they could be as dangerous and sexual as the men could be. The only unfortunate thing is that they didn’t stay together for too long, but nevertheless they left quite the impression. That is why I am going to give the album four stars out of five for a final grade.