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Pound for pound, Queens of Noise is more consistently fierce than the band’s debut. The influence of punk is stronger here, spurred on by Joan Jett. The guitar sounds are positively feral, and songs like “I Love Playin’ With Fire” barrel down the listen with relentless, gleeful anger. The ferocious “Neon Angels On the Road To Ruin” might be Curie’s finest performance as a vocalist, while “California Paradise” and “Hollywood” are gloriously malevolent tributes to the band’s home turf. Even as the group perfected its patented form of garage rock, producer Kim Fowley had them trying out new sounds. The power ballads “Midnight Music” and “Heart Beat” are unacknowledged precursors to the hair metal sound that would come to dominate Los Angeles in the ‘80s. But the real left-of-center gem is “Born to Be Bad,” a twisted, intoxicated blues workout heated by Curie’s spoken interlude and Lita Ford’s guitar work, a exhibit of electricity that crossbreeds Ron Asheton and Ace Frehley. Written in the moments just before the original lineup dissolved, the title track (written by the Quick’s Billy Bizeau) now appears to summarize everything for which the early Runaways stood.

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classic rock! <3

I just learned about the runaways and let me just say that i am obsessed! i miss this kind of music...

Queens of Noise

The Runaways was a band that set rockers like Joan Jett, Lita Ford, and Cherie Currie on the right track. Queens of Noise is my favorite album beacause not only are all of the songs great but they have something in them that just makes you want to listen to it over and over again. Personally I think this album should have gotten much more attention then of what people know today. Its a forgotten classic.

Floored by The Runaways

This album is The Runaways best album, in my opinion. There is a lot more diverse song styles in it. Then a constantly underrated song, Johnny Guitar. While the whole song is basically just a long, long, long guitar solo, it's an amazing one. It just proves that Lita is really that good. This CD should not be passed by.


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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