Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch Cherry Bomb
The Runaways released their best known single in 1976 and quickly became lumped in with the nascent punk scene. It's a fizzy, glam/punky song and was partly responsible for them becoming big in Japan. They couldn't get arrested anywhere else but did tour Britain and the US appearing with many of punk's main players. Most impressively they got ejected from a photo session in Disneyland because, allegedly, one of them 'threatened one of the Disney staff with a homosexual act' and they were 'doing weird things with french fries'.
The Runaways split up in 1979. Guitarist Joan Jett went on with her Blackhearts and had a major hit with I Love Rock 'n'Roll. Mickie Steele joined The Bangles. Lita Ford had a solo metal career masterminded by Sharon Osbourne. Cherie Currie had a brief film career, worked with drug-troubled teens and does chainsaw art. Sandy West toured and taught drums and died of lung cancer in 2006.