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Cherie Currie

My original posting on The Runaways click HERE remains my most visited post yet, hence in a blatent bid to raise flagging visitor numbers here is a follow up posting on the solo career of the great Cherie Currie.

Born on November 30, 1959 is an Cherie is an American singer, actress and chainsaw artist and as noted above was the lead vocalist of The Runaways, a hard rock band from Los Angeles in the mid-to-late 1970s.

Currie, not yet 16, joined The Runaways in 1975. The teen rock anthem “Cherry Bomb” was written for her at the audition. Attitudes to her impact at that time differ; one reviewer has written that “the received wisdom that [the Runaways] carved out new territory for female musicians is hard to justify, however, it is equally difficult to dismiss given the number of artists who claim her/them as a major inspiration.

She unfortunately was a serious drug addict though later she wrote a memoir of her teen years called Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway. The book revolves around her struggles with drugs and alcohol, her dysfunctional family, and her days with The Runaways.

The Runaways movie, a 2010 musical biographical drama film (which was executive-produced by Joan Jett), focuses on the group’s early beginnings and explores the relationship between Currie and Jett. In the film Currie is portrayed by Dakota Fanning.

She released her first solo album “Beauty’s Only Skin Deep” in 1978.

Obviously a major musical departure from the The Runaways sound it was targeting the american adult orientated rock market and had little success.

She returned in 1980 with her sister Marie for the album “Messin With The Boys”

This featured some cover version including Free’s “Wishing Well” and Rainbow’s “Since You’Been Gone”

In 2007 she re-recorded her signature tune “Cherry Bomb”

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May 19, 2011 - Posted by | Blast from The Past, Old Music, Video | , , , ,

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