The Runaways Live At The Agora Ballroom, Cleveland July 19, 1976 LP
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Killer Live Set On Vinyl LP!
Featuring A Teenage Joan Jett, Cherie Currie & Lita Ford!
In February 1976 The Runaways - teenagers Joan Jett (guitar), Cherie Currie
(vocals), Sandy West (drums), Lita Ford (guitar) and Jackie Fox (bass) - signed
to Mercury Records and recorded their self-titled debut LP. After its release,
the group embarked on their first U.S. tour with highlights including the famous
Agora Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio & CBGB's in NYC.
The Agora Ballroom show on July 19, 1976, is one of the band's earliest
performances, and also one of its most talked about in fan message boards.
"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 sound of punk rock. In the media,
the Runaways were victims of their own hype, supplied by maverick
promoter/manager Kim Fowley. Fowley's insistence on a sleazy jailbait image for
the group made it easy for the press to dismiss them as nothing but a tasteless
adolescent fantasy -- an impression bolstered at the time by the admittedly
erratic quality of their music. But in the end, the Runaways' sound and attitude
proved crucially important in paving the way for female artists to crank up the
volume on their guitars and rock as hard as the boys; plus, they produced one
undeniably classic single in the rebel-girl manifesto 'Cherry Bomb.'" -
Steve Huey, AllMusic
• Vinyl LP
1. California Paradise
2. Cherry Bomb
3. Take It Or Leave It
5. You Drive Me Wild
8. Wild Thing
1. Don't Use Me
2. Rock & Roll
3. Is It Day Or Night?
4. Johnny Guitar
5. Dead End Justice