Flaming Schoolgirls is a disc that all fans of the Runaways will want. Reissued on the Cherry Red label for the first time on CD, unreleased material from the Queens of Noise sessions is combined with four leftover tracks from the 1977 Live in Japan album. This is the classic Runaways lineup of Lita Ford, Joan Jett, Cherie Currie, Jackie Fox, and Sandy West, with producer/Svengali Kim Fowley at the helm for the majority of tracks. Highlights include the sensitive Beatles tributes "Strawberry Fields" and "Here Comes the Sun" along with raunchy anthems like "Blackmail," "I Love Playin' With Fire," and "Hollywood Cruisin'," a song that captures the epitome of the band's round-the-clock partying bravado more than any other.
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AllMusic Review by Al Campbell