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Song of the day – 122: The Runaways

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Just been to see the Runaways movie.

It’s rubbish, but Kristen Stewart is totally hot playing a teenage Joan Jett wandering around in leather trousers the whole time (although still not as hot as the teenage Joan Jett was in real life).

It’s way mawkish, the producers have clearly never been inside a small rock club or house party in their lives, the guy playing Kim Fowley is righteously hilarious and steals all the best lines by quite some distance, Cherie Currie is irritating as all hell but not half as irritating as real life, some of the music is just great of course, and there are way too many “significant” shots of folk swimming underwater or heels crushing pills or whatever. The bits in the trailer park are very funny, though. And I had no idea that Joan Jett and Cherie Currie had a full-blown lesbian love affair (presumably the film’s main selling point). I never knew that Joan Jett wrote ‘I Love Rock’N’Roll’ in her knickers, either. The stuff you learn from Hollywood…

There’s totally not enough Sandy West in it, but it’s still better than that god-awful documentary made by a former guitarist a few years back, though.

Whatever. Need a throwaway teen trash movie? I guess this one works.

Here’s the original. Queens Of Noise was the second album I ever bought (after The Fall’s Live At The Witch Trials).

And here’s Joan, telling it like it is.

“I called my mother from Mardi Gras the other day, and I said ‘Mom I just called to tell you I joined a rock’n’roll band and I won’t be coming home no more’. You know what she did? She started crying and weeping and whimpering like all mothers do. She woke up my father and told him about it, and he said, ‘There ain’t a damn thing we can do. That’s just the way she is because she was BORN TO BE BAD!'”

2 Responses to Song of the day – 122: The Runaways

  1. EverettTrue July 18, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Anonymous said…
    Does the film also show her teching I Love Rock & Roll to Alan Merril and him traveling back in time to 1975 so that he can record it with his band The Arrows, cheekily claiming the song writing credit for himself?
    JULY 10, 2010 1:39 AM

    Erika said…
    I totally enjoyed that Queens of Noise video. And Arrows “I Love Rock n’ Roll” (1975)
    JULY 14, 2010 7:44 PM

    (from Facebook)
    Jerry said…
    I never knew Joan Jett wrote ‘I Love Rock’N’Roll’ in her knickers!

    Iain Mullen, Gemma Holmes and 2 others like this.

    Scotty Regan
    Joan Kirner, former Premier of Victoria:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxJg9zYXuW0
    06 July at 13:37 · Like ·

    Everett True
    wow!
    06 July at 13:47 · Like ·

    Rachel Beth Coburn
    Love the Runaways – and Cherie!
    06 July at 15:56 · Like ·

    Delia Sparrow
    erm…me neither….i thought The Arrows wrote that song?
    06 July at 16:05 · Like ·

    Everett True
    yeah, me too Delia. But the film shows Joan writing it!
    06 July at 17:53 · Like ·

    Delia Sparrow
    Maybe Alan Merrill wrote it in his knickers. but I guess Hollywood wouldn’t have found that as sexy…
    06 July at 19:29 · Like ·
    JULY 16, 2010 9:11 AM

    (from Facebook)
    Jerry said…
    I never knew Joan Jett wrote ‘I Love Rock’N’Roll’!

    Rob McCabe, Jorge Luis González Guerra and Ashleigh Fleur Malin like this.

    Tegan Christmas
    oh my goodness. You definitely lose cool points for that, ET.
    07 July at 07:32 · Like ·

    Everett True
    um, Tegan. It’s an Arrows song
    07 July at 07:36 · Like ·

    Tegan Christmas
    i KNOW. Sarcaaaarsm. Great song, though. Le sigh. JJ has my heart. ♥
    07 July at 07:37 · Like ·

    Rob McCabe
    You’re both wrong, I wrote it.
    07 July at 14:06 · Like ·

    Samantha Veal
    Thanks again for that link *powerchord*
    07 July at 18:36 · Like ·
    JULY 16, 2010 9:12 AM

    (from Facebook)
    Jerry said…
    Joan sings it like it is.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtxRbhteh40
    The Runaways – Born To Be Bad

    Paul Shepherd, Aimee Montague Taylor, Franny Glass and 6 others like this.

    Everett True
    ‎”I called my mother from Mardi Gras the other day, and I said ‘Mom I just called to tell you I joined a rock’n’roll band and I won’t be coming home no more’. You know what she did? She started crying and weeping and whimpering like all mothers do. She woke up my father and told him about it, and he said, ‘There ain’t a damn thing we can do. That’s just the way she is because she was BORN TO BE BAD!'”
    08 July at 20:56 · Like · 1 person

    Everett True
    ‎”Yeah. I want you to BRING ME HIS EARS to satisfy my mad desires. And if he bites the dust, well he’ll just have to miss my fire.”
    08 July at 21:00 · Like · 1 person

    Simon Price
    Was this one Joan, not Cherie? I love the bit in “Dead End Justice” where they start acting out dialogue. Meat Loaf eat your heart out.
    08 July at 21:02 · Like ·

    Everett True
    that dialogue on ‘Dead End Justice’ so rules. Yeah, this one was Joan all the way
    08 July at 21:06 · Like ·

    Everett True
    Oh fuck, wait a second. It wasn’t the Underrated Runaways Genius that was Sandy West, was it?
    08 July at 21:09 · Like ·

    Simon Price
    The text under the Youtube clip says it was Joan, so I guess we’ll take their word for it!
    08 July at 21:09 · Like ·

    Everett True
    Gotta love Internet research! I am now starting to think it might be Cherie on the spoken word section. I’d go and ask her on Facebook but I inadvertently deleted her from my friends.
    08 July at 21:13 · Like · ·

    Rocky Witzenstein
    Saw ’em in ’78 in Hasselt, Belgium. The security was in the hands of the Hell’s Angels and before you knew it a photographer got his teeth kicked out because he came too close to the stage. From then on it was pandemonium all around and the venue owner cut the power and kicked everybody out. The whole gig lasted about 15 minutes. Good times, lol!
    08 July at 22:51 · Like ·

    Paul Lloyd
    Extensive article on Runaways in the new issue of Record Collector and, you may know this already but for those who don’t, Cherry Red (re)issued at least 7 albums recently
    09 July at 00:02 · Like ·

    Aimee Montague Taylor
    ‎”Dead End Justice” was always one of my favorites for sure! Reading Cherie Currie’s “Neon Angel” right now, man some heavy stuff sure went down back then! Wish I could have seen them live, more so I wish a reunion was a possibility, but I don’t think Joan & Lita will ever agree to that…
    09 July at 06:37 · Like ·
    JULY 16, 2010 9:32 AM

    (from Facebook)
    Jerry said…
    I’m STILL having me a Runaways listening party

    Chris Wu, Candy Ballard, Rez Guthrie and 3 others like this.

    Kevin Pym
    I’m only familiar with ILRAR and the opening track to American Chopper but will def check out The Runaways to see what they’re about.
    08 July at 22:22 · Like ·

    Loene Carmen
    me too ET!
    09 July at 17:27 · Like ·

    Everett True
    hey Loene. we might be coming through Sydney early August. If there’s room, wanna play on stage with us again?
    09 July at 17:28 · Like ·

    Everett True ‎
    (I’m actually seriously considering covering ‘Born To Be Bad’ from the Queens Of Noise)
    09 July at 17:30 · Like ·

    Loene Carmen
    fer sure! my son dutch knows the runaways tracklisting like the back of his hand now and sits in the back of the car screaming demands like ‘hello daddy hello mum now’ ‘no, i want blackmail!’
    09 July at 17:31 · Like ·

    Loene Carmen
    born to be bad is my very favourite – especially the spoken word bit…
    09 July at 17:32 · Like ·

    Everett True
    THAT’S WHY I WANT TO DO IT!
    09 July at 17:56 · Like ·
    JULY 16, 2010 9:35 AM

  2. Kristie January 23, 2012 at 3:14 am

    To the poster below: Alan Merrill actually wrote “I Love Rock N Roll” and recorded and sang the first released version of the song in 1975. I’m sorry this reality is offensive to you. The songwriting credit is in the Runaways movie, if you are not afraid to face this reality, please read the end music credits. Otherwise you are living in an alternate reality. –
    Reply to (anonymous) – “Does the film also show her teching I Love Rock & Roll to Alan Merril and him traveling back in time to 1975 so that he can record it with his band The Arrows, cheekily claiming the song writing credit for himself?”

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