Monday, June 16, 2008

The Runaways Debut

It's a common misconception that The Runaways were a manufactured band, controlled by manager Kim Fowley -- in fact, The Runaways were formed in late 1975 by drummer Sandy West and rhythm guitarist Joan Jett. Both had introduced themselves (on separate occasions) to producer Kim Fowley stating their ideas to form an all-girl band. Fowley, who was always looking for the next big thing, gave West Jett's phone number. The two met on their own to discuss the possibilities. After rehearsing together, the pair contacted Fowley to let him hear the results. Fowley then helped the girls find the other members.

On their first tour in 1976 they had opening acts such as Cheap Trick, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and Van Halen. Not too shabby. Sadly, The Runaways have never received their due. They were ahead of their time, and paved the way for female artists and female bands like X-Ray Spex, Bikini Kill and most recently, The Donnas. They are named as influences by countless male and female artists from Courtney Love to Megadeth. Though they may never be inducted into the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame, their place in music history as the first all-girl punk rock band is secured.

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