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First, let's get one thing straight: despite rumors to the
contrary, the band did not suck and they were more than
pawns of Kim Fowley. They were a great band that was ahead
of their time, not outdated before they started, as some
would have you believe. This is in reply to some other web
sites that have inaccurate, unkind pages dedicated to the
Runaways. With that said... Onto the real history...
As far as I can tell, it all started when 14
year old Kari Krome approached Kim Fowley at an Alice
Cooper party in 1975. She discussed lyrics with Kim and
he was impressed, but Kari wanted them sung by girls her
own age. All that was needed was a couple of girls to
play the music.
Enter, Kari's 17 year old friend Joan Larkin
(A.K.A. Joan Jett) whom she met at Rodney Bingeheimer's
English disco in Hollywood, and Sandy Pesavento
(A.K.A. Sandy West) was met by Fowley in the parking
lot of the Rainbow Bar. Kari was to be the lead
singer with Joan on guitars and Sandy on Drums.
The three girls played together and on August 5, 1975
Fowley decided that while Kari was a great lyricist, she
couldn't sing. So Kim brought in Sue Thomas (A.K.A. Micki Steele).
The band started seriously looking for a lead guitarist and
bassist. When they couldn't find any Kim found someone to
teach Joan to play lead and got Steppenwolf's Nick St.
Nicholas to teach Micki to play bass.
The First Recording
The three of them- Joan, Sandy, and Micki recorded a demo
album, later titled Born to Be Bad. While the band was
together this album was not released. I believe it saw its
first release in America in 1991.
Lita Ford was auditioned through Backdoor magazine, a trade
periodical. Some time later Joan and Kim (yes she was still
involved) were at the Sugar Shack (an underage disco) where
they met Marie and Cherie Currie. First they asked Marie to
join, she said "No", so they asked Cherie.They liked her
looks (she's Blonde), auditioned her, hired her and fired
Micki. According to another report Micki left because she
didn't like the toughness of the band's image. Either way
don't feel to bad for her she later found her fifteen
minutes with the Bangles.
To round things out and add a little maturity to the band
they also hired a nineteen year old bassist named Peggy.
Supposedly about two weeks after Peggy joined she and
Cherie had an arguement as to who was going to sing lead
on a ballad called "I'm Your Fantasy", which became
"You're My Fantasy" (Ironic considering it was never released).
After the argument Peggy left (so much for Bassist
Jacquline Fuchs (AKA Jackie Fox), who had earlier
auditioned to play Lead Guitar, was asked by Kim Fowley,
with whom she had kept in touch, if she could play Bass, in
early Dec. '75. Well, she didn't tell him "No" which might
have been the truth, as she had never actually played one
before. (Some people say that this was a compromise as
Jackie reporedtly threatened to start her own all-girl band.)
The "Original" Lineup is Established;
Record Deal Struck
A couple of weeks before Jackie joined the Runaways a
recording deal was made with Bomp Records (Born to be Bad was,
eventually, released on Marilyn Records, which is a subsidiary
of Bomp Records). Mercury, however became interested, after
seeing them play at a teenage nightclub in Cedar Grove, Ca
and in Febuary 1976 a contract was made and "The Runaways"
album was produced, in May '76:With Cherie as the lead singer;
Joan on Rhythm Guitar; Sandy on Drums; Lita on Guitars;
Jackie on Bass.
Enter "Jailbait Rockers." With songs like Cherry Bomb and
Cherie appearing on stage in stockings, suspenders and
lingerie that stereotype was inevitable.
Band begins to breakup
Earle Mankey, the producer of "Sparks" and the "Beach Boys"
Was brought in to co-produce the Runaways' second album titled
"Queens of Noise."
That same year they went on tour and produced their Live
album entitled "Live in Japan." After the tour Jackie
decided to leave the band.
Despite rumors to the contrary, and what the inside of the
"And Now...The Runaways" says, Jackie did not attempt to
commit suicide. A number of issues had arissen, and the
distance between Japan and America caused some
Supposedly, Jackie played a rare and expensive bass and
asked their agent to insure it which he said he did, but
didn't. It then broke when it fell off the stand that it was
on. That coupled with the fact that she had convinced Jack
Douglas, Aerosmith's producer to produce the band, and the
other band members never acted on it. That was why she
had decided to quit. However, she had cut herself on some
glass, while in Japan, shortly before she quit. That and the
distance, as I mentioned, before, created the suicide rumors.
Shortly after Jackie had announced her retirement from the
band, More bad news came. Cherie announced that she too would
be leaving the band.
A Foursome Anyone?;
Vickie Blue Joins;
Kim Fowley leaves
To replace Jackie, the Runaways brought in Vickie Tischler
Blue. Cherie was not replaced, Joan took over as lead
Fowley produced one more album titled "Waitin' for the Night."
This was their first studio album that did not hit the charts.
Kim Fowely got tired of playing G-d with his jailbait band
and so left them, high and dry. They brought in Phil Wainman
to produce, but he quickly left, thereby postponing the
recording of their next album. The Runaways asked Suzi
Quatro and Blondie's producer, Toby Mamis to produce them,
he then brought in John Alcock (Thin Lizzy's producer).
In September 1978 they produced "And Now...The Runaways",
their fourth studio album. This album only appeared in
Europe and Asia. It was released, with the songs in a
different order, in America as "Little Lost Girls" in 1981.
At this time the musical variety of the girls was starting
to cause some friction amongst them. Joan liked Punk rock and
Sandy and Lita liked heavy metal/ hard rock.
By 1980 the band was totally disbanded. Cherie Currie and
Vicki Blue tried a joint effort called the Currie Blue Band.
Cherie also got together with her sister Marie, but that
too fell apart without much success.
New Years Eve 1978. That was the day of their final gig, it
was in San Fransisco.
An album with previously unreleased songs, called "Flaming
Schoolgirls", was released in 1980, it is unauthorized by
the Runaways, and contains reissues and outtakes from
"The Runaways" and "Queens of Noise."
After the breakup
After the Runaways broke up, Lita put together a band with
Sandy. They were originally looking for a male singer, but
couldn't find anyone with talent or originality. Lita took
singing lessons, by holing herself in her garage, and they
put together a three-piece with a guy bassist. They didn't
release any albums.
Last year, that is 1996, most of the band members got
together to sue Kim and the record companies. I do not know
the result of that. If anyone does, please tell me!
According to Lauren VargaThe girls got $175,000 a piece in back money.
Seems like a drop in the bucket to me.
Vicki Tischler Blue: b: Sep. 16, 1959 (17*): Bass(77,78, 79?,80?)
Cherie Ann Currie: b: Nov. 30, 1959 (16*): Lead Vocals, Piano (76-78)
Lita Rossana Ford: b: Sep. 18, 1958 (17*): Guitars (76- ); Bass (78)
Jacqueline L. Fuchs: b: Dec. 20, 1959 (17*):A.K.A.Jackie Fox:
Kari Krome: Originally supposed to be lead vocalist
but never appeared on any album
Joan Larkin: b: Sep. 22, 1958 (17*) A.K.A Joan Jett:
Vocals (78- ); All Guitars (75); Rhythm Guitar (76- )
Laurie McCallister: b: 1958 (21*): Bass (79-? )
Sandy Pesavento: b: Jul. 10, 1959 (16*) A.K.A Sandy West:
Drums (75- )
Sue Thomas: A.K.A. Micki (Michael) Steele:Bass (75)
*Number in parenthesis is age of girl when she first
joined the band.
some Home pages...
A Cool Lita Page
Lita (Queen of Metal) Ford Home Page
A cool Joan page
Sandy West Official Homepage
classic rock/ metal links
I hope to be adding links (in June) and pictures (in May)
and other stuff like that. It may take a while, however, as
I work full time and am a full time graduate student, so
please bear with me and visit often. Eventually, this should
become a one-stop page for the Runaways. Including hard to
All of my pages that are linked from this are under serious
construction. I am just trying, at this point to get them up.
DO NOT think that they are by any means finished.
Future projects include: Suzi Quatro (Leather Tuscadero); Styx
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Created Feb. 10, 1997. (Last updated May 4, 1997 more
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