Joan Jett and Cherie Currie recently re-recorded “Cherry Bomb” for the upcoming Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock game, due out this September 28th.
Many of the older songs, including “Cherry Bomb,” had to be re-recorded to fit the technology of the game and make it easier for gamers to play. “Cherry Bomb” is featured in the game in a classic venue that holds many memories for Jettheads: CBGB’s.
Read more about the game here and GuitarHero.com.
Check out this new video announcement for the game and features Joan and Cherie talking about the song and the importance of CBGB’s to The Runaways’ career:
Thanks to the always awesome @jettrocker for the tip!
Joan’s interview and “Cherry Bomb” performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night (3/9) were EPIC. The Jett Eye Lock was on full-force! (She should trademark that…)
Gah! I absolutely LOVE Dougie’s solo during this song. (Tomorrow, 3/11, is his birthday!)
If you’re wondering about that Outlaw Biker cover that Jay shows during the interview, it was published in August 1988. She appeared on the cover again in issue #173 in 2008.
Here’s the video, from spin.com:
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Here’s the YouTube version:
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!