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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”

May 19, 2011 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Old Music, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

2010 Top 30 New and Old #28

January 2010 finally saw the release of Corinne Bailey Rae’s long awaited second album “The Sea” it was a release steeped in her emotions that followed the death of her husband and co-musician Jason Rae.

I could post many a track from this album, however, the emotion in her compositions is perhaps best illustrated by this performance on Later…With Jools.

Here however is a bonus, her version of Bob Marley’s “Is This Love”

“Is This Love” – Corinne Bailey Rae

To buy the music of Corinne Bailey Rae click HERE

To view an earlier post on Corinne Bailey Rae click HERE

The Runaways weren’t really a rediscovery this year as they regularly feature in my musical listenings, however, as a promotion of their movie bio I posted on them for the first time on this blog and to be honest I have been knocked over with the hits to this post which at the time of this blog (28/11/2010) number 57,184.

Rather than post a track here they are in their full glory.

Finally here is the trailer for the hollywood movie

To buy the music of The Runaways click HERE

To view the historic earlier post on The Runaways click HERE

December 3, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Cover Stories, Old Music, Video | , , | Leave a comment

The Runaways (Update)

My posting on The Runaways from 29th December (see HERE) has now reached 38,083 hits therefore I thought an update was the order of the day.

Joan Jett has released a Greatest Hits album to cash in on the movie of “The Runaways” as well as her post Runaways solo hits she has re-recorded some Runaway songs, here is the classic “Cherry Bomb”

Bonus Track

“School Days” – Joan Jett and The Blackhearts

To buy the music of Joan Jett click HERE

To buy the music of The Runaways click HERE

September 30, 2010 Posted by | New Music, New Releases, Old Music, Video | , | 2 Comments

Minstrels, Poets & Vagabonds – The Hedrons

The Hedrons are one of the cover stars of the above book bringing a bit of glamour and zest into the field of long hair men playing guitar solo’s.

Their sound bridges the gap between “rock” and “new wave” and like such as The Runaways before them they do it pretty well.

Perhaps it is best left to them to describe where they are coming from, this is taken from

The Hedrons music is decidedly one part Ramones-esque brawn, one part femme-fatale roar, and one part ruthless guitar-driven nerve. Or as lead guitarist Rosie humorously puts it, “If you listen to us, you wouldn’t realise it was girls until Tippi starts singing – you’d think it was a bunch of big hairy guys playing.” And although the girls would personally describe their sound as the modern love child of the Foo Fighters and Joan Jett, they would also say that the very same is proudly godfathered by Iggy Pop & The Stooges.

In 2005 The Hedrons were formed in their native Glasgow. With a relentless gigging schedule, back-to-back Top 5 UK indie singles chart success and an entry in the Top 40 of the official UK indie album chart with debut album ‘One More Won’t Kill Us’, the four-piece have established themselves as one of the country’s foremost emerging rock bands.

In the UK throughout 2006, The Hedrons were the focus of many a press feature and gained plenty of airplay, including from the likes of Radio 1 and XFM. The band was first tipped in the NME who said of them ‘an all-girl four-piece who sound like Patti Smith meets Penetration with a dash of early Blondie and a smidging of The Runaways… you have to hear this band!’ Off the back of this attention and all their touring, The Hedrons were confirmed to perform at several summer UK summer festivals including Download at Donington, T In The Park and Guilfest. Of particular significance, the band was invited by the band Alice In Chains to step in as special guests at their only UK show at the London Astoria. Overall, The Hedrons satisfied a healthy appetite of over 150 gigs by the end of the year, accomplishing sell-out status at many venues up and down the UK / Ireland and generally causing much fan frenzy wherever they appeared. One of those gigs recently gained special recognition from the 2007 BT Digital Music Awards, when The Hedrons picked up their first ever music award nomination for ‘Best Artist Promotion’ alongside Robbie Williams, Stereophonics and David Gilmour for becoming the first British band ever to play a live, virtual gig as 3-D figures inside the virtual world ‘Second Life’.
The riotous foursome have been received extremely well by industry heavy-hitters and college students alike as anyone could tell from the sell-out attendance at venues like The Key Club and Spaceland in LA or The Knitting Factory in New York.

Festival slots have included a main stage appearance at the Isle Of Wight festival where they played alongside long time rock idols The Rolling Stones.

The Hedrons then went on to play their second consecutive performance at Download 2007 and T In The Park, which saw them move up several stages to play the famous King Tut’s tent.

They have completed a second North American tour where they played to crowds of over 15,000 and festivals such as the Quebec International Summer Fest plus a Club NME gig and even supported the revived Sex Pistols in Glasgow.

Although The Hedrons have just started out in their career, they have already made a healthy impact on the music scene. And, according to drummer Soup, one thing’s for sure, “For four girls, we make one hell of a noise.”

“Heatseeker” – The Hedrons

Here is their version of one of my favourite songs Vince Taylor’s “Brand New Cadillac”

To buy the music of The Hedrons click HERE

To buy the book click HERE

As a bonus here is some solo Tippi

“Boy” – Tippi

To buy the music of Tippi click HERE

February 20, 2010 Posted by | Books, Old Music, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

The Runaways

The Runaways were an American all-girl teenage rock band that performed in the 1970s. The band is best known for the songs “Cherry Bomb”, “Queens of Noise”, “Rock n Roll”, “Neon Angels (On the Road to Ruin)”, and “Born to Be Bad”. The career of the band was short (1975–1979).

Despite the short term nature of their existance they were highly influential in opening the door for the subsequent procession of female musicians who wanted to write, play live and be taken seriously.

Next year sees the arrival of a biography movie based on the 1970s all-girl rock band.

The film was written and directed by Floria Sigismondi, and stars Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett, Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie, Stella Maeve as Sandy West, Scout Taylor-Compton as Lita Ford, and Michael Shannon as Kim Fowley. Alia Shawkat plays the band’s bassist, a fictional character named Robin.

The film is loosely based on lead-singer Cherie Currie’s 1989 autobiography Neon Angel: The Cherie Currie Story which details her fractured childhood, the group’s meteoric rise to fame, and her subsequent battle and recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

The film covers the formation of the band through to Cherie’s departure at the peak of their success.

Former lead guitarist Lita Ford and former bassist Jackie Fox were not involved in the making of the film.

The film will have its world premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival on January 24th, and be released in select North American theatres on March 19, 2010.

Here is the trailer.

For more information on The Runaways click HERE

“Cherry Bomb” – The Runaways

“Queens Of Noise” – The Runaways

“American Nights” – The Runaways

“School Days” – The Runaways

To buy the music of The Runaways click HERE

This clip is from 1977 just around the time I saw them at the Glasgow Apollo albeit after Cherie Currie had left

Finally some archive footage shot in their biggest market Japan

December 29, 2009 Posted by | Movies, Old Music, Video | | 5 Comments


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