Around the late 80’s- early 90’s the music industry started developing a new genre, which was Grunge. This genre became a way of life for some, as the fashion of it soon started to hit the catwalks, and everyone thought it was cool to be all grungy with their ripped jeans, chokes, plaided skirts and band shirts. Grunge (the music genre) traditionally consists of lazy vocals, heavy drumming and strong riffs. It is said that grunge draws heavily on punk, however, this is not the case for bands like Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam or Soundgarden. These bands demonstrate a more soothing sound which is more on the side of classical rock and sometimes with a tiny influence of country along with an alternative slap to it. We could argue whether that is more grunge than Nirvana or Mudhoney’s angst-filled punk-rock alternative music. In fact, most people say that Mudhoney are the kings of grunge, some would disagree. Grunge, like any other music genre, originated from the underground, specifically from the undergrounds of Seattle. It’s tough to state which band was the very first to come on to this scene but I would probably say Mudhoney or Green River were one of the first to do so. Grunge isn’t for everybody, it is a genre that would not end up on your nation’s top charts, however, to some people in the 90’s (especially teenagers) grunge was a major part of their lifestyle! As soon as grunge became commercialized everyone became unhappy because it was THEIRS. Of course, not many people liked it at all at the time the industry was commercializing it by putting it on their radio stations, so grunge was short lived. It’s a sad story, but there’s plenty of people still out there that are absolute fanatics of it. I’m one of those that fancy it as well! There’s no denying that there are artists out there to this day that have a grungy influence in their music. You may have heard that grunge is “dead”, but I believe that is impossible, because we still carry it in our hearts. Believe it or not grunge WAS important, even if it didn’t appeal to the public entirely. It has still been crucial to the teenage culture in this world, at least to those in the 90s.
At just 15 these girls were rocking’ out with their hit single “Cherry Bomb”, which gives us the scoop on what it’s like being a rebellious teenage girl, referring towards herself as the “Cherry Bomb”.
These girls came into the Rock ‘n Roll scene to show the world that girls can also Rock’n Roll, it’s not about what gender you are! I quite admire them because starting out at such a young age and aiming towards something as big as trying to prove every man that thinks Rock ‘n’ Roll is only for men wrong, is quite a tough job, and they did it very well.
I haven’t heard every single album of theirs yet, but from the songs I’ve heard and interviews I’ve watched I have come to the conclusion that they were real ‘hot’ back in their time. All of their songs, like cherry bomb were based on being a rough teenager and experimenting and just being rebels. This is probably why back in the days of their youth, the band attracted heaps of young girls, because of course, they spoke about things that most young girls never dared to at the time.
The song “Born to Be Bad” is a great slow song to listen to, the solo sounds pretty mellow and blue which is very appropriate to the theme of the song! However, it is not the best song on their album “Queens of Noise”, it lacks some depth. On the same album you’ll find “I love playing with fire” which was written by Joan Jett, this song is way better, Lita’s solo on this one was super far-out and the riffs were priceless. The song is based on Jett’s perspective on getting ripped off and nearly destroyed by superficial love. Considering the subject of the song, the instrumental of the song reflect it very well, and so do the vocals, they are roaring beautifully and fall perfectly together with the riffs. As the band also toured to Europe, there was the whole punk movement going on in Europe at the time, the girls got influenced by this sound and applied it to their song “Neon Angels On The Road To Ruin”. Allow me to say that Ford is on fire in this song, her solo is beautiful, very heavy metal and powerful. I really admire her in this song. I also admire Cherrie Currie’s vocals here, she get’s to some very high notes in this song, probably one of her best songs.
The Runaways at the time were the coolest girls in town and they defiantly stood up for the rest of the women out there who loved Rock’n Roll too. They were strong girls and they rocked! Remember, both Joan Jett and Lita Ford were in this band! I mean, how much better can it get?