"...Hollywood's Runaways, b. 1975 – Joan Jett, Cherie Currie, Lita Ford, Sandy West, and Jackie Fox – trysted punk's raw DIY ethos with metal's leather-bearing power chords into a "Cherry Bomb" heard 'round the music sphere..."
"...Stretford's Carl Sephton needs your help. The 51-year-old leader of Austin's favorite Brit-punk band, a Buzzcocks-influenced gang that were local favorites throughout the Nineties, has been physically decimated by stomach-related health problems, but hopes to turn it around with a new medical treatment regimen..."
"...To hear some tell it, the Runaways started as a joke and ended as a legend. Over the course of five years (1975-1979), five tours, and five albums, the group gave the world its first vision of an all-female rock band, a riveting spectacle of raw girl power, and "Cherry Bomb." That Joan Jett, Cherie Currie, Lita Ford, Sandy West, and Jackie Fox (the primary lineup) were teenage girls who lived up to their wild-child image didn't hurt..."
"...Starring: Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Michael Shannon, Stella Maeve, Alia Shawcat, Scout Taylor-Compton and Riley Keough. The Runaways opens with a drop-dead perfect shot and a fittingly revolutionary battle cry, courtesy of Seventies rock icon Suzi Quatro: "All my life I've wanted to be somebody and here I am/I know what I've got, and there ain't nobody gonna take it away from me/so let me tell ya what I am!" Quatro and, by extension, the members of the Runaways – guitarist and principal songwriter Joan Jett (Stewart), troubled singer Cherie Currie (Fanning), drummer Sandy West (Maeve), lead guitarist Lita Ford (Taylor-Compton), and, in the film, a fictional composite bassist dubbed Robin (Shawcat) – are wild ones..."
"...Even better, the first Stephen King novel I bought since my initial months in Texas, 2014’s Revival, was signed for me by its author at BookPeople, where Owen Meany creator John Irving also paid a visit last year. My slot in this year’s summer reading issue binds itself to BookPeople in that I read Lita Ford page-turner Living Like a Runaway because the indie book beacon asked I conduct the Q&A for her appearance there..."
"...10:15pm, Emo's Jr. Go ahead and let the label – metallurgists Relapse Records – fool you about this moody Atlanta trio fronted by bassist Miny Parsonz, whose "Sleeping Witch" vox finds the sweet spot between mature Runaways Joan Jett and Lita Ford..."
"...Most of us had a moment. It could have been when the adorably psychotic Masha in The King of Comedy had her dream date with Jerry Langford/Lewis..."
"...release Live in Japan, and Waitin' for the Night, the latter three all released the following year. Leader Jett, singer Currie, Lita Ford on top guitar, and the rhythm section of Jackie Fox and Sandy West may have been labeled "jailbait," but they were productive puppets for music impresario Kim Fowley..."
"..."So I devoured every girl guitarist out there. I think all five of them at that time included Joan Jett, Lita Ford, Jane Wiedlin, Nancy Wilson from Heart, and Bonnie Raitt."..."
"...But Chip Taylor, whose songs have been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Ike & Tina Turner, Emmylou Harris, Lita Ford, Johnny Cash, and Kermit the Frog, traveled a long, circuitous route from his Sixties songwriting heyday. So circuitous that by 1979, collecting royalty checks was as close as he came to composing...."
"...The one song on Airshow 2000 that approaches rehabilitation is "C.U.C. Me," a synth-laden teen tragedy monster ballad that rivals Ozzy and Lita Ford's "If I Close My Eyes Forever" in terms of sheer overblown pathos..."
"...Although acts like Hagfish (AC/DC's "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap"), Dosou (Guns 'N' Roses' "It's So Easy"), and UFOFU (Ratt's "Round and Round") think becoming the metal bands they aren't is clever, in execution, it's not. Those bands that switch things up, like Voyeur's pop/punk take on Lita Ford's "Kiss Me Deadly," and ex-Funland leader Peter Schmidt's DJ-Shadow drum looping of Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It," provide tracks that are fun once, but the only real thrills here are from the bands that probably never were metal fans to begin with and still resist or bypass the opportunity to become one now; notable is Brave Combo's blindly swingin' version of Foreigner's "Double Vision" and Cowboys and Indian's smooth, jazzy take on Ted Nugent's "Cat Scratch Fever." Not surprisingly, the album's two biggest names, the Toadies and Tripping Daisy, fare well, with the former's straight but fun reading of Thin Lizzy's "Cowboy Song" and the latter's bubblegum twist on Judas Priest's "Electric Eye." Unfortunately, they're too little, too late..."