The Runaway Runaways, Ep. 3: Secrets

The best-remembered lineup of the Runaways: (left to right) Jackie Fox, Joan Jett, Sandy West, Cherie Currie, Lita Ford

The best-remembered lineup of the Runaways: (left to right) Jackie Fox, Joan Jett, Sandy West, Cherie Currie, Lita Ford

In this episode, Cherie Currie and Jackie Fox join the Runaways, and co-founding member Kari Krome leaves. There's also some myth-busting of popular Runaways lore such as the origin of "Cherry Bomb,” an introduction to Hollywood punk icon Pleasant Gehman, and some exploration on the social and cultural obstacles that made/make taking a stand against abusive figures like Kim Fowley, difficult.

Content warning: This episode discusses sexual violence.

Jackie Fox was into surfing — in part because it was a sport not many women participated in, and Jackie didn’t just like trying new things; she liked forging paths.

Jackie Fox was into surfing — in part because it was a sport not many women participated in, and Jackie didn’t just like trying new things; she liked forging paths.

Cherie and Marie Currie in matching shirts from the  Strawberry Fields Festival . Stevie Nicks and Steve Jones have also been photographed in this shirt.

Cherie and Marie Currie in matching shirts from the Strawberry Fields Festival. Stevie Nicks and Steve Jones have also been photographed in this shirt.

SOURCES

This season of Bad Reputation would not be possible without the work of journalist Evelyn McDonnell and her book Queens of Noise. If you are looking to learn more about the Runaways, this is a must.

Other sources for this episode include:

Neon Angel by Cherie Currie

Living Like a Runaway by Lita Ford

We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of L.A. Punk by Marc Spitz and Brendan Mullen

We Were Going to Change the World: Interviews with Women from the 1970s and 1980s Southern California Punk Rock Scene by Stacy Russo

Mayor of the Sunset Strip (documentary) [ Amazon Prime ]

Edgeplay: A Film About the Runaways (documentary)


I read, watched, and conducted as many interviews as possible to make this podcast. Only a fraction of the interviews I find or conduct appear in episodes, but all voice-acted parts are dramatizations of real quotes or interactions described in written interviews.

If you have a question about where a specific piece of information came from or would like to provide a source for correcting something, please reach out!

Early photo of the Runaways featuring Joan Jett, Cherie Currie, Lita Ford, and Jackie Fox.

Early photo of the Runaways featuring Joan Jett, Cherie Currie, Lita Ford, and Jackie Fox.

CREDITS

Culture doesn't exist in a vacuum, and my voice actors are the people whose ideas, influence, and encouragement shape my work. If you like this podcast, you will probably like many of their projects, too.

Cat DeBacker (Cherie Currie) is a culture writer.

Scott Plant (Kim Fowley) plays in the band Droids Blood.

Kat Buckley (Lita Ford) is an art historian and curator.

Johnna Jackson (Joan Jett) is a writer and organizer.

Molly Claire Berkson (Jackie Fox) is a print artist.

Culture writer KT Hawbaker was a developmental editor for this episode.

Bad Reputation's logo photo is by photographer Martin Sorrondeguy aka Martin Crudo.

Belinda Carlisle,  Pleasant Gehman  and Wyline. Photo by  Theresa Kereakes .

Belinda Carlisle, Pleasant Gehman and Wyline. Photo by Theresa Kereakes.

MUSIC

All music that appeared in this episode is from a royalty-free music library or the creative commons, with the exception of the outro, which is “Wavelengths” by Death Valley. (Seriously, pre-order their upcoming record. You won’t regret it.) The soundbyte of Kim Fowley describing himself as sexually abusive is from The Mayor of Sunset Strip.

If you’d like to hear licensed music in future episodes — me too! I’d also like time to research much rarer history. You can become a Patreon to help me work towards both goals here, but you’re always welcome to make a one-time Venmo donation to @MiccoSlays, too.

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