Y'know I always half-suspected that people like The Runaways more for the idea of "Tough All-Girl Rock N' Roll Band" then the actual material that band recorded. The current Hollywood fascination with all things Runaway has not lessened this suspicion. If Joan Jett hadn't become a die-hard solo act of fierce power, would the band's memory be as strong? This "Runaways Paradox" seems to dictate that women who are willing to play along with macho ideals of rock n' roll get noticed quickly but respected rarely. Jett, however, earned her Bad Reputation not just for re-defining gender roles in The Runaways or by producing the Germs debut album or adopting a couple of the Sex Pistols but because of her fanatical devotion to gut-level rock n' roll.
This out-of-print Fan Club-only release compiles the the demos Jett recorded with Kenny Laguna after leaving the Runaways but before launching her solo career. Amongst the items herein is "I Want You", one of the earliest Laguna-Jett song which was written for a Runaways movie that never got finished but of which some footage survives:
1979 link is in the comments
So does Jett's solo career blow away The Runaways or what?
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