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If this is one of the most overlooked Runaways albums, it may be because the band had lost charismatic singer Cherie Currie to a solo/acting career attempt. But as evidenced by the opening, sinister, serpentine strut of "Saturday Nite Special," Joan Jett, Lita Ford, Sandy West and Jackie Fox could still kick out the jams like no other young women of the time. And if the production sounds a little cleaner than their previous efforts, that's because Kim Fowley was replaced in the mixing booth with producer John Alcock. But fans of the band are still sure to gush over Jett's enticing take on the Beatles' "Eight Days a Week," followed by a boozy, piano-pounding cover of Slade's "Mama Weer All Crazee Now." Lita Ford's voice on "I'm A Million" and "Little Lost Girls" wasn't yet near the fierceness she would later acquire as a solo performer, but Jett rounds things out with the driving "My Buddy and Me." Their fifth album finds the Runaways a bit past their heyday, but you don't have to be an ardent fan of the band to appreciate what still sounds like good, fun rock 'n' roll.

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Who wrote this review?

Jackie Fox wasn't in the band when this album came out, Vicki Blue was (and Vicki isn't even on this album). Lita did not sing "Little Lost Girls", Joan did.

The review is positive, but in my opinion this is the weakest of the releases by the band. Drums are too loud in the mix and not enough attention was paid to Joan and her material on this project. More original songs from her would have made this album great! I really wish that Phil Wainman had produced as you can hear the potential in these songs, but John Alcock didn't do a good job - in my opinion..

Undeservedly Maligned

For whatever reason, this album seems to be subject to criticism for being a weak album compared to the others. It's not. If anything, this album reflect a maturing of The Runaways sound--from songwriting to production. The songs are more varied than its predecessors. Joan actually sings (as opposed to screams) the lyrics, and the in your face guitar sound takes a backseat to other instruments. A number of tunes have keyboard/piano, which I don't think were present on prior albums. Also, the subject matter of the songs goes beyond the teen angst theme of the first three efforts. Just listen to Joan sing about the Russians taking over America in Takeover..."I think the Russians got weather machine; I think they're planning a takeover scheme...." Gotta love it! Sandy sings on Right Now, which is catchy as all get out, while on Black Leather, you can hear the punk influence in both subject matter and style. It's a shame that they didn't stay together after this album. It would have been very interesting to see how they would have progressed onto the next album.

Not Only Joan ......

I had the opportunity to open for the Runaways back in 1978 at a bar in my hometown. They wanted bands of the same age range they were so we were tapped (all high school ages). Love the Runaways (and their creator Kim Fowley who also worked with KISS), but let us not forget that Joan Jett was not the only band member to "make it". Lita Ford was the lead guiraist for the Runaways and was a shredder even back then.


Formed: 1975 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s

Often dismissed during their existence as a crass marketing gimmick, the Runaways have grown in stature over the years as the first all-female band to make a substantial impression on the public by playing loud, straight-up, guitar-driven rock & roll. Since all of the members were teenagers (some of whom were still learning to play their instruments when they passed their auditions), the band's music was frequently raw and amateurish, but it neatly combined American heavy metal with the newly emerging...
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