Don’t Runaway!

blog-6March2012-photo1In keeping with our theme of reunions. . . . and with our theme of being a bit late. . . .

Anyway, last month, ’70s rock goddesses, The Runaways alluded to a potential reunion.

For those of you who don’t know (or haven’t seen the biopic starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning), The Runaways were one of the first all-girl rock groups. The band, which (arguably) hit their peak in Japan, was fronted by vocalist Cherie Currie and rhythm guitarist Joan Jett. Sandy West on drums, Lita Ford on lead guitar, and Jackie Fox (and a few others) on bass rounded out the group.

They burst onto the scene with ‘Cherry Bomb‘, and produced hits like ‘Queens of Noise’, ‘Neon Angels On the Road to Ruin’, and ‘California Paradise’. They released their debut record, The Runaways, in 1976, followed by Queens of Noise and Waitin’ for the Night in 1977, and And Now… The Runaways in 1978. An outtakes compilation, called Flaming Schoolgirls, was released in 1980.

But, inner turmoil – between 1975 and 1979, the band had six different bassists; Fox left suddenly in 1977 just before the band was scheduled to perform at the Tokyo Music Festival in Japan; Currie and Ford got into an argument at a photoshoot in 1977, resulting in her departure; etcetera – caused the band to split.

Most of the girls, who were all in their early to mid-teens during the Runaway days, continued making music. Jett formed Joan Jett and the Blackhearts in the ’80s, releasing one of my favourite songs ever, ‘Bad Reputation‘. Currie released a solo record, followed by a duet with her sister Marie, but really found her passion in chainsaw carvings. West released a few other albums, and played drums on a few more. Sadly, she succumbed to her battle with lung cancer in 2006. Ford released a few albums in the years after the Runaways, and in 2009, she released Wicked Wonderland, her first studio album in 14 years. Fox graduated from UCLA summa cum laude, got her Bachelor degree in Linguistics and Italian, and became a lawyer, focused on entertainment law.

Currie and Jett stayed in touch, and Jett kept up with Ford.

blog-6March2012-photo2Ford and Currie, though, remained estranged.

And the rest of use Runaway fans resigned to the fact that the band – which essentially died in its infancy – would never be again.

Well, fellow Cherry Bombers, we were wrong.

To make a long story short, Jett recently arranged a meeting between the two.

On February 16, 2012, Currie posted this to her Facebook page:

“It was joyful, sometimes tearful, yet so exhilarating and full of love. Just the two of us, feeling like teenagers again but with the maturity that 30+ years can bring, what life, being mothers will bring.

“We talked about our kids, our lives and our dream of doing together again what we had done so well as kids.”

It might not be officially confirmed, but it’s a glimmer of hope – which is all we need.

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