She was already a powerful force behind the scenes, writing most of the Runaways' songs.  She also writes an L.A. cat care column for Examiner.com and is an occasional contributor to Listverse.com. Vicki Blue is now known as Victory Tischler-Blue. | By Ray Shasho The Runaways original lead singer Cherie Currie returned to the stage for the first time since opening for Joan Jett and The Blackhearts in 2010. After being rejected by 23 record labels, they formed their own label, Blackheart Records, in 1980. McAllister died of complications from an asthma attack on August 25, 2011. The Runaways' official lineup consisted of Joan, Sandy, lead guitarist Lita Ford, bassist Jackie Fox, and lead singer Cherie Currie. God bless them for every little girl (and boy) they inspired to play drums or pick up a guitar. In doing so, Jett became one of the first female recording artists to found her own record label. Twilight actress Kristen Stewart is set to portray rock star Joan Jett in the up and coming biopic about Jett's all girl band, The Runaways. The band released their fourth album, Waitin' for the Night, and started a world tour with their friends the Ramones. Upon leaving the Runaways, Currie released a 1978 solo album titled Beauty's Only Skin Deep and a 1980 duet album with her sister Marie Currie, Messin' with the Boys, in which the duo was backed by most of Toto. Jett took over bass duties until the group returned home and recruited Vicki Blue. Steele was briefly in the 70's all-girl rock group, The Runaways, as both the lead singer and bass player, but got kicked out for being too old. The band toured the U.S. and played numerous sold-out shows. Jett went on to have massive success with a coveâ¦ She is the author of The Well, an unpublished work of young adult historical fiction, and is currently working on her second novel.  In 2005, Tischler-Blue directed Naked Under Leather, a documentary about fellow female rocker Suzi Quatro, which was selected for the Santa Cruz Film Festival in May 2004 but in the end was never released. After 2 studio albums,a great live album, and lots of critical and managerial abuse as a 5 piece band, singer Cherie Currie and bassist Jackie Fox left the band. In 2012, she has been recording songs co-written with her son Jake, produced by Steve Lukather. , In July 2015, after Fowley's death, Fuchs revealed publicly that Fowley raped her on New Year's Eve 1975 at a party after a Runaways performance at an Orange County club. Supplied "Suzi Quatro had cracked the door open for us, but the Runaways still had to push our way in. She also did session work with John Entwistle of The Who and became a drum teacher. Jett would then take over as lead vocalist on the bandâs last two albums, Waiting for the Night and And Nowâ¦ The Runaways.  In 2013, she released a new studio album titled Unvarnished which charted number 47 on U.S. charts. A biographical film about the band inspired by Currie's memoir was released in 2010. McAllister appeared onstage with the Runaways at their final shows in California during the last weeks of December 1978 and she quit soon after in January 1979. from Harvard becoming a lawyer, focusing on entertainment. Even The Runaways' lead singer, Cherie Currie, admitted in an interview with Spin that their unsupervised rock-and-roll lifestyle and mostly absent and permissive parents would not have gone over well in today's world. - IMDb Mini Biography By: The band reportedly spent much time enjoying the excesses of the rock 'n' roll lifestyle during this time. Powerful. She is also currently under contract with Jett's Blackheart Records label. West continued her association with John Alcock once the group disbanded. She was 54 years old.. And our band â¦ The original Orchids members were Laurie Bell on drums, Jan King on vocals, McAllister on bass, Sunbie Sinn on rhythm guitar, and Sandy Fury on rhythm guitar and vocals (later replaced by Che Zuro on lead guitar).  She co-wrote "Delilah's Scissors" with Tischler-Blue and executive-produced and appeared in Edgeplay, Tischler-Blue's 2005 documentary about the Runaways. Fowley then helped the girls find other members. She formed the Sandy West Band and toured California throughout the 1980s and 1990s, sometimes with Cherie Currie. She played in almost fourteen bands prior to joining The Bangles in 1983 (she replaced original bassist Annette Zilinskas).  Fuchs has a popular website and blog at www.myspace.com/jackiefuchs and was the first guest blogger for the Environmental Working Group's Pets for the Environment website. A coming-of-age biographical film about the 1970s teenage all-girl rock band The Runaways. Lead singer Cherie Currie told the Boston Herald that same year that being in the band was "a great way to be rebellious. When the group split with Fowley, they also parted with their record label Mercury/Polygram, to which their deal was tied. She married actor Robert Hays; they have a son together, Jake Hays, but the couple divorced in 1997. A year before the band took off, Joan Jett, the leader of the Runaways, was introduced to future manager Kim Fowley at an Alice Cooper afterparty, who took a chance on her unconventional idea of an all-female band. I was the lead singer for the all girl rock band The Runaways in the 70âs. The fictional replacement is named Robin Robbins. At the same time, Ford appeared on VH1's Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp, That Metal Show, and recently filmed a guest spot on the Nickelodeon show Big Time Rush in support of the album. Among their best-known songs are "Cherry Bomb", "Hollywood", "Queens of Noise" and a cover version of the Velvet Undergroundâs "Rock & Roll". Cherie and Marie's single "Since You Been Gone" peaked at number 95 on U.S. charts.  She continues playing and touring all over the world to this day. Rock Icon Cherie Currie on New Album & Leaving The Runaways - LAMC Productions - Omny.fm We speak with Cherie Currie, former Lead Singer of iconic female rock band, 'The Runaways' about her new album 'Blvds of Splendor', her reasons for leaving 'The Runaways' & how she's been rockin' the art of chainsaw â¦ The band released four studio albums and one live set during its run. Recorded 08/24/2015. Currie released a solo LP, Beauty's Only Skin Deep, produced by Fowley, and began a separate U.S. tour, which included her identical twin sister Marie. The documentary film Edgeplay: A Film About the Runaways states that the album's first track " Cherry Bomb " was written ad hoc during the audition of lead singer Cherie Currie and the title is a play on the pronunciation of Currie's first name. In 2010, Joan explained to The Irish Times, "We wanted to be The Rolling Stones, Led â¦ Sixteen years old at the time, she was reportedly given Quaaludes by a man who she thought was a roadie and raped while she was incapacitated. Jett later described the mass hysteria as "like Beatlemania". She also appeared in a number of films, most notably Foxes with Jodie Foster. The story is about Currie's time as lead singer with the band, which she joined when she was â¦ Missy Bonilla was recruited from the typing pool of CBS records, Denise Pryor came from Compton and Kathrine Dombrowski ("Kathy DiAmber") was also added.  On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 70% rating based on 187 reviews, and an average rating of 6.19/10.. With Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Michael Shannon, Stella Maeve. McAllister joined another of Fowley's all-female bands, the Orchids, who released a single LP in 1980. Directed by Floria Sigismondi. Blue left the group due to medical problems and was briefly replaced by Laurie McAllister in November 1978. In the 2005 documentary Edgeplay: A Film About the Runaways, Fowley and former Runaways lead singer Cherie Currie claimed that "Cherry Bomb" was quickly written just for Currie to audition for the band because the band members could not perform the song she originally chose to sing. , The Runaways were signed to Mercury Records in 1976, and their debut album, The Runaways, was released shortly after. ð For any business or promotional requests, please... more 4 interest-free payments of $19 with Affirm Currie then left the group after a blow-up with Ford in the fall of 1977. Rhythm guitarist Joan Jett took over lead singer duties and Vicki Blue was hired as the new bass â¦ Go up onstage singing those lyrics in your underwear. None of the band's former bass players were featured in the film; Fox did not want to be involved in any part of the film, and requested that her name be changed in the story. The two were joined by Cherie Currie, Lita Ford, and Jackie Fox and became the main core â¦ In 1980, billed as Cherie and Marie Currie, the sisters released an album for Capitol, Messin' with the Boys, produced by Jai Winding. In the early 1980s, Gayle Welch, an ambitious 13-year-old girl from Kaitaia, New Zealand, wrote a song "Day of Age", and recorded it in Mandrell Recording Studios in Auckland, New Zealand. She was the lead guitarist for the Runaways in the late 1970s before embarking on a successful solo career in the 1980s. Singer, songwriter and bassist Michael Steele was born on June 2, 1955 in Pasadena, California and grew up in suburban Newport Beach. The label continues to release albums by the Blackhearts, and also other new up and coming bands. Disagreement among band members included the musical style; Joan Jett wanted the band to take a musical change, shifting towards punk rock/glam rock while Lita Ford and Sandy West wanted to continue playing hard rock/heavy metal music. Mercury Records chose not to release Currie's album in the U.S., although it was available as a pricey import via France. Lead singer Currie, 50, penned the new book Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway on which The Runaways is based. In 1993, Steele fronted the band "Crash Wisdom", which subsequently broke up in late 1994. She told the Telegraph her relationship with the band deteriorated after Fowley raped her in front of a roomful of people. 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