Recording The Runaways’ “Cherry Bomb”

Want to know where The Runaways recorded “Cherry Bomb” and what kind of equipment they used? On January 1st, Mix Online examined the history of the song with Runaways manager Kim Fowley and some of the people who helped bring it to life in the studio. The article also talks a bit about Kim’s history in the music business before The Runaways.

“Here’s your headline,” says musical genius Kim Fowley, who occasionally refers to himself in the third person. “‘Kim Fowley and the Runaways recorded “Cherry Bomb” in a store room on purpose. We didn’t have an equipment list. We barely had equipment. But we had a plan.’ Then everybody reads it, and this will be the best article you’ve written in 10 years.”

Fowley’s credit list also includes The Byrds, Warren Zevon, KISS, the Hollywood Argyles, Frank Zappa’s Mother’s of Invention, Cat Stevens, Alice Cooper, Jonathan Richman, BTO, The Germs and Nirvana, to name a handful of the acts that have capitalized on Fowley’s songs, productions and his keen, intangible sense of what music the public wants. And he says he knew he had something great from the moment he met Joan Jett, whom he has called the “musical child of Keith Richards and John Lennon.”

“Teenaged girls with guitars,” he states. “We knew it from the day it started. And we were in a hurry. It only took 17 weeks for the band to form, rehearse, play, learn songs and get a deal with Mercury Records, with no demo.”

Read the rest HERE.

It’s a three-page slice of Runaways history. Enjoy!

Joan Jett Eats at Denny’s?!? Michael Shannon Interview

Michael Shannon, who plays Kim Fowley in the upcoming Runaways movie, did an interview this week with Brad Balfour of The Huffington Post to promote his current film, The Missing Person. Michael talks about eating dinner with Joan, Kristen, and Kim, and his impressions of Kim as a person:

Q: In a funny way, Kim Fowley, who you are playing in The Runaways — the upcoming bio-pic of the legendary girl rockers — is the ultimate manipulator, truth teller or truth hider. He too fits into the set of characters that you should play. That must have been interesting; what was that like?

MS: That was very daunting, very intimidating. I met him. [He and I ], Joan Jett and Kristen Stewart [who plays Jett in the film] had dinner one night at a Denny’s. He told me that he hoped I did a good job in the movie, because when he died that was how he was going to be remembered, was by my performance. I said, “Well, thanks for the pressure, I really appreciate that.”

He was very sweet, actually. He really is a character. I watched as much footage as I could. I don’t think I pulled off a spot-on impersonation of Kim Fowley, but that’s never been my forte to begin with. I never claimed to be able to do that. But I certainly think what I did will honor his legacy and his memory. Hopefully, when he sees it, he’ll agree.

Q: Were you much of a rock and roll fan?

MS: Oh yeah. I love rock and roll; I love music in general. That was a really fun era for music.

This is a good interview. Read the rest HERE. I cannot wait for the press for The Runaways to start!

HERE is the official website for The Missing Person.

And here is the trailer:

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