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The Runaways' third album (released in 1977) found the band trimmed to a quartet after the exit of lead singer Cherie Currie; band guitarist Joan Jett had taken over vocal duties. Listening now, this underrated set represents some of the finest moments in not only The Runaways' canon but in the careers of both Jett and fellow guitarist Lita Ford. The punchy “Little Sister” features Ford’s frothy blues leads and snarly Jett lines (“Little sister on your rollerskates/It’s Friday night and you got a date”), and it’s a heady romp of grownup sass, teenage innocence, and back-alley riffs. Jett howls “Punch-drunk and high on junk/Sad you are so shattered” on “Wasted,” an earworm co-penned with Hollywood legend and band producer Kim Fowley. The punk anthem “School Days” pits a girl against her academic responsibilities, and academia loses. “You’re Too Possessive” is an early rock platform of women rightfully calling it like they feel it. You sense here that being in The Runaways was one of the few places in the world where the band members felt welcome, which is part of what makes this album great.

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Great album!

Always loved The Runaways. This album is so underrated. Fantastic Rock N Roll. Has some of my all time favorite songs, with Wait For Me (far superior to the later Joan Jett versions), the title track, and School Days. Joan Jett fans, do yourself a favor and buy this now! Fans of the original lineup-- trust me, this is worth another listen.

total difference.

metal influences in this album are very noticeable
especially with Litas riffs, compared to their earlier stuff,,
still a great album to end it nonetheless :)


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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