RUNAWAYS Runaways/ Queens of Noise
From page 51 of Classic Rock Magazine September 2008
Still bratty after all these years. Clearly the greatest prefabricated girl group since the ShangriLas, the Runaways were masterminded by sinister bubblegum Svengali and thenreigning mayor of the Sunset Strip Kim Fowley, who assembled a crack squad of built-to-spill teenage bad girls with raging libidos and egos to match who, quite miraculously, rocked like crazy.
This welcome reissue combines their first two Cherie Currie-fronted albums -1976's self-titled debut and '77's Queens Of Noise and features now-classic punky glamslammers like the immortal Cherry Bomb, Neon Angels On The Road To Ruin, and I Love Playing With Fire featuring the already gravelly vocals of Joan Jett. The production still sounds 70s di mestore clunky, but even that's sorta charming. There's a coupla bonus tracks here to sweeten the deal, too. •••••••
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