The Runaways

Little Lost Girls

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Little Lost Girls, originally titled And Now...The Runaways, turned out to be the band's swan song and was recorded without bass player Jackie Fox and lead vocalist Cherie Currie. It's a mixed bag that met with little success. The band had already been falling apart during the recording sessions, and finally packed it in a year later. The best songs are covers: the rockin' "Black Leather," written by former Sex Pistol Steve Jones (who would guest on Joan Jett's solo debut), and "Mama Weer All Crazee Now," a faithful cover of Slade's glam rock original. The only cover that doesn't quite work: "Eight Days a Week," a fairly lackluster version of the Beatles' classic. The rest of the material was written by Jett, Lita Ford, Sandy West, and Earl Slick/Tonio K ("Saturday Night Special," another one of the better tracks). So the infamous Runaways, marketed from the start as party-hearty jailbait ("Hello dad/Hello mom/I'm a ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb!") by manager/Svengali Kim Fowley, had come to an ignoble end. Little Lost Girls was to have been accompanied by the semi-autobiographical feature Mama Weer all Crazee Now, which Jett ended up filming with actresses dressed up as the rest of the band. It was never completed, but her first release, Bad Reputation, would allow her to put to rest any claims that the Runaways were more puppets than musicians. None of her bandmates would meet with the same degree of success, although Ford came close as an '80s metal queen and Cherie Currie has enjoyed a couple of moments in the sun, both as one of the stars of cult classic Foxes (along with Jodie Foster) and as the author of tell-all tome Neon Angel: The Cherie Currie Story (which belongs on every hard rock fan's shelf, along with Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga and Pamela des Barres' I'm With the Band).

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