The Runaways
The Runaways


3.5
great

Review

by ch31929 USER (4 Reviews)
November 18th, 2011 | 9 replies


Release Date: 1976 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It is a classic, but not a five star one!

The Runaways: one of the first and most famous all girl bands. If you haven’t heard of them, we are talking about a band that looked sexy, dressed in hotpants and stockings and, of equal importance, a band that played all the way through rock and roll. Their aim was to do what all the boys could do: to play their favorite music and express themselves as straightforward as possible, ignoring the men dominance in the rock scene. They did just that.

The debut album takes the raw power of punk and the melody of rock and roll, mixes them, and puts angry, teenage lyrics about sex, breaking rules, hooliganism and jail on top. Cherry bomb is their first and most famous track, quite an introduction! Loud, girly punkish backing vocals, catchy chorus and a wild solo. You drive me wild, though, is my personal favorite in the LP. A groovy riff, combined with the voice of a low-life, punk girl drunk on whisky, is all I need.

Unfortunately after the 2 great first songs, the LP offers five average rockers, including a cover of Lou Reed’s Rock and Roll. Average stuff, with no memorable melodies and less energetic. Just drink your beer while listening to them and fix your hair, it’s awful after the first two head bangers! American nights on the other hand, draws your attention again with a loud riff and a melodic chorus. It is a terrific way to get you ready for Blackmail, which is the last great rocker of the album. The groove is back again and I think I can blame it on the guitarist Joan Jett, who wrote the song. She’s got great sense of groove. The next song, Secrets, manages to flow in the general good - mood of the album.

Just when I thought that the album is over, waiting the final generic rocker, the runaway girls prove me wrong. Dead end justice was just something I didn’t expect. It is a 7 minute attempt to a runaway epic, about a girl getting busted for criminal actions, ending up in jail and trying to escape. A punk rock epic with solos, switching tempos and a theatrical touch to it, including conversation between two girls in the jail! A magnificent conclusion to the album.

Besides the great musicological importance of the band, I enjoy this album a lot. It is pure rock and roll, with authenticity, good times guaranteed. It reminds me of my teenage days, when i didn't give anything a second thought. The Runaways first album stands the test of time, in my mind and blows away several other rock bands of that time. It might be a cliché, but if you don’t like this, you might don’t like rock and roll at all!


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BigHans
November 18th 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good album, needed a review

iFghtffyrdmns
November 18th 2011


7047 Comments


The Runaways: the first all girl band.

see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fanny_%28band%29

ch31929
November 18th 2011


15 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks a lot ifghtf..., i edited!

iFghtffyrdmns
November 18th 2011


7047 Comments


ah yes much better

Funeralopolis
December 6th 2012


11767 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ch ch ch ch ch ch CHERRY BOMB

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Funeralopolis
December 19th 2012


11767 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album rules

gryndstone
August 10th 2014


353 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not gonna lie i only listened to this because Cherry Bomb was in Guardians of the Galaxy but it was worth it


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WhiteNoise
August 10th 2014


3243 Comments


Cherry Bomb and Bowie in Guardians was fantastic

gryndstone
August 10th 2014


353 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The whole soundtrack to Guardians was executed pretty well. that 'dance-off'



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