[UPDATE: Cherie Currie confirmed in the comments below that Dakota Fanning is singing lead on “Cherry Bomb” by herself.]
So, who is singing lead on “Cherry Bomb” in The Runaways teaser trailer, anyway?
It never occurred to me to question it, since I know that Cherie Currie sang “Cherry Bomb” on The Runaways album in 1976 and Live in Japan in 1977. Therefore, Dakota Fanning must be singing lead, with Kristen Stewart singing backup, of course.
But fans are speculating all over the web that it could be Kristen singing lead in the trailer, and not Dakota.
Fueling this debate is a Spin.com article from last week which states:
“Yep: the revamped music of “Cherry Bomb” features lead vocals from the vampire-lover herself.” [Obviously referring to Kristen.] SOURCE
While some fans think Kristen is singing lead and others think it’s Dakota, a few are saying that Dakota sings “Hello Daddy, hello Mom,” Kristen sings “Hello world I’m your wild girl,” and they both sing the “Cherry Bomb” parts. After listening to the trailer again, and again, this argument appears to have merit. The “Hello world” line doesn’t sound quite the same as “Hello Daddy.”
But I wasn’t convinced that it was Kristen, so I took the question to the Sinners message board and asked the Jettheads.
Here’s what we think: It sounds like Dakota Fanning and Cherie Currie’s vocals are blended together. We don’t have any official sources for this information, but based on what we know of Cherie’s voice and how the band sang “Cherry Bomb” with her, this is the most likely explanation to us. We don’t know if all of Dakota’s vocals were recorded that way, or if they just mixed the trailer like that. The close-ups of Kristen singing appear to be from a different scene because Kristen isn’t wearing the red jumpsuit, so whatever she is singing there may not be “Cherry Bomb” at all:
The verdict: It is very difficult to determine anything from a movie’s trailer, let alone a teaser trailer. What we see and hear in the final movie will look and sound very different from this trailer. We shouldn’t sweat it. Yet.
Have no fear, KStew fans. Joan sang lead on many Runaways songs, both before and after Cherie left the band. Kristen had plenty of opportunities to sing lead in The Runaways. Hear a few after the jump.
These are just a few of my favorite Joan Jett-led Runaways songs. I can’t claim them as my definitive “top 5,” I just picked them randomly. The first two are from The Runaways’ self-titled debut album, and the first three are all from the Cherie era of the band.
1. “You Drive Me Wild” – This is the first song that Joan Jett ever wrote. This is the 1977 Live in Japan version, which is the best one, in my opinion. And the pictures in this video are amazing. (Too bad the ending guitar part is cut off.)
3. “Take It Or Leave It,” from the 1977 Queens of Noise album.
These next two are from my favorite post-Cherie album, Waiting for the Night.
4. “Waitin’ For The Night” – The ultimate Runaways slow-jam. Lita Ford’s guitar solo is AMAZING. I can’t find this on YouTube, or anywhere else, so I’ve linked to lala.com. You should get one free full-length play each. Repeated clicks will give you a 30-second snippet.
5. “Don’t Go Away” – This one isn’t on YouTube either, by itself anyway, so here it is on last.fm and lala:
Which ones are YOU looking forward to hearing Kristen sing? Which ones did I miss?