There are supergroups, and there are groups that birthed superstars. The Runaways fall firmly into the latter category. When the group formed in 1975, they seemed just like any other group of girls who got together to make some noise. However, this was no ordinary ensemble. Though the names in the liner notes of their 1976 self-titled debut - Joan Jett, Sandy West, Cherie Currie, and Lita Ford - may not have meant much then, they mean a hell of a lot now.
Though they enjoyed a storming first two years, the band started to fall apart quickly. Once Currie left the band in 1977, The Runaways would never again have the momentum they enjoyed with Curie at the lead vocal helm. Curie left the Runaways to launch a film career (she appeared in films with Jodie Foster and Demi Moore) and a less than successful solo music career (which included her identical twin sister, Marie). Jett became a pop superstar, and Lita Ford would have a limited career that positioned her as heavy metal's only notable female lead guitarist. Original bassist, Mickey Steele, would go on to form the platinum band, the Bangles, and her replacement Jackie Fox would enroll at Harvard and become an attorney. Another of their bassists, Vickie Blue, would continue to record and tour in a number of bands, and eventually become an award winning TV producer and director. Her documentary of the Runaways' history, Edgeplay, was a featured special on Showtime. Sadly, drummer Sandy West, who actually initiated the formation of the Runaways with Joan Jett, died of cancer in October, 2006.
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