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?