Cherie Currie

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Cherie Currie
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Cherie Currie in 2010
Background information
Birth name Cherie Ann Currie
Born (1959-11-30) November 30, 1959 (age 55)
Encino, California, US
Genres Punk rock
Hard rock
Glam rock
Occupation(s) Musician, singer, songwriter, actress, artist, producer
Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar
Years active 1976–present
Labels Mercury, Capital, Raven, MCA, Rocket City
Associated acts The Runaways, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Lita Ford, Cherie & Marie Currie, Currie-Blue Band
Website cheriecurrie.com

Cherie Ann Currie (born November 30, 1959) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actress and artist. Currie was the lead vocalist of The Runaways, a rock band from Los Angeles, in the mid-to-late 1970s. After The Runaways, she became a solo artist. Then she teamed up with her identical twin sister, Marie Currie, and released an album with her. They released a duet "Since You Been Gone" which charted number 95 on US charts. Their band was called Cherie and Marie Currie. She is also well known for her role in the movie Foxes.

Early life[edit]

Currie was born to Don Currie and actress Marie Harmon.[1] She was raised in Encino with three siblings. Her brother is Don Currie Jr. She has an elder sister, actress Sondra Currie, and an identical twin sister, Marie. Marie is two minutes older.[2]

Career[edit]

Currie was the teenage lead vocalist for the all-female rock band The Runaways with bandmates Joan Jett, Lita Ford, Sandy West, Jackie Fox and Vicki Blue. Bomp! magazine described her as "the lost daughter of Iggy Pop and Brigitte Bardot".[citation needed]

Currie joined The Runaways in 1975, at age 15. The teen rock anthem "Cherry Bomb" was written for her at the audition. Assessments of her impact at that time differ; one reviewer has written that "the received wisdom that [the Runaways] carved out new territory for female musicians is hard to justify – it's doubtful that the predominantly male audience who flocked to see the 16-year-old [Currie] in her undies picked up any feminist subtext."[3]

After three albums with The Runaways, (The Runaways, Queens of Noise and Live in Japan), Currie went on to record three other albums. She signed a contracted with Mercury saying she would record four records, but she left The Runaways after the third album. So she was obligated to recorded to record one more album.[4] She recorded it and released Beauty's Only Skin Deep as a solo artist for Polygram Records. Marie Currie did a duet with Cherie on her solo record, "Love at First Sight".[5] Cherie and Marie went on a U.S. tour and a Japan tour. While in Japan, the twins performed on many TV shows. Marie would join Cherie on stage to sing the encores and the audience would go wild.[6] So Cherie ran with the idea of two blonds are better than one. With her twin sister Marie Currie, she recorded Messin' with the Boys for Capitol Records and Young and Wild for Raven. The idea of two blonds are better than one payed off because Messin' with the Boys received more radio play than Beauty's Only Skin Deep and, the song "Since You Been Gone" off of Cherie and Marie Currie's album Messin' with the Boys charted number 95 on US charts. Cherie and Marie performed on many television shows; including the Sha Na Na show, and The Mike Douglas Show. She then worked as an actress, starring in movies such as Foxes, Parasite, Wavelength, Twilight Zone: The Movie, The Rosebud Beach Hotel (with Marie Currie), Rich Girl, and others, as well as numerous guest spots on television series (Matlock and Murder, She Wrote, among others). Cherie and Marie sang, wrote, and produced songs for The Rosebud Beach Hotel Soundtrack.

Later years[edit]

In 1997 Cherie and Marie re-released Messin' with the Boys with seven bonus. One of the bonus tracks was "Cherry Bomb" a song Cherie sang with The Runaways. In 1998 the twins released a compilation called Young and Wild. In 1999 The twins released a rare studio album on Rocket City Records called The 80's Collection.[7] The 80's Collection has songs that Cherie and Marie sang in The Rosebud Beach Hotel, some unreleased duets by the Cherie and Marie and some songs by Cherie. Cherie is currently printing this album up and selling it on her own ebay page.

In 1989, Currie wrote a memoir called Neon Angel: The Cherie Currie Story. In 2010, she published an updated version entitled Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway, and it reached number 9 on L.A. Weekly's bestseller chart. The book was so successful it inspired The Runaways movie. With the success of the book and the film it inspired Currie to put a band together and tour. Recently, Currie has been touring and recording with ex-bandmate Lita Ford, and her son, Jake Hays.

Cherie Currie was named the Malibu Rock Legend in 2013. Lita Ford presented it to her.[8] In 2013, Cherie started Christmas music project with former Runaways bandmate Lita Ford[9] which ties into their efforts on behalf of Toys for Tots, and rising sales for new material from 1970s recording acts, make eventual public release likely.

In a Facebook post Cherie announced that her new album will be called Reverie.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Currie struggled with drug addiction for much of her younger life, which was a major factor in the abrupt ending of her career. She later wrote a memoir, Neon Angel, recounting life in the band and her traumatic experiences with drug addiction, sex abuse, and her broken family. The Runaways, a 2010 musical biographical drama film executive-produced by Joan Jett, focuses on the group's early beginnings and explores the relationship between Currie and Jett. In the film, Currie is portrayed by Dakota Fanning.

Currie was married to actor Robert Hays on May 12, 1990, and they had one son together, Jake Hays. They are now divorced.[11] Jake Hays learned to play guitar well enough to be included in recent recording sessions, and as a member of Cherie Currie's new touring band.

Currie is now a wood-carving artist using a chainsaw to create her works. She has been doing chainsaw art since 2002 and opened her own gallery in 2005 in Chatsworth, California.[12] Her chainsaw art has been featured on recent television programs. In the 8th season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, she made a guest appearance.[13]

Discography[edit]

With The Runaways[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

Solo[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • 2007 – Cherry Bomb[16]

Singles[edit]

Year Single US Album Artist
1977 "Call Me at Midnight" - Beauty's Only Skin Deep Cherie Currie
1978 "Beauty's Only Skin Deep" - Beauty's Only Skin Deep Cherie Currie
1978 "Love at First Sight" - Beauty's Only Skin Deep Cherie and Marie Currie
1978 "Science Fiction Daze" - Beauty's Only Skin Deep Cherie Currie
1979 "Since You Been Gone" 95 Messin' with the Boys Cherie and Marie Currie [17]
1979 "Messin' with the Boys" - Messin' with the Boys Cherie and Marie Currie
1980 "This Time" - Messin' with the Boys Cherie and Marie Currie
1989 "Instant Karma" - Mono! Stereo: Sgt. Shonen's Exploding Plastic Eastman Band Request Tater Totz featuring Cherie Currie
2013 "Life's a Gas" - Beautiful Disaster Shameless featuring Cherie Currie
2013 "Some Velvet Morning" - Single Only Glenn Danzig featuring Cherie Currie
2013 "Rock This Christmas Down" - Single only Lita Ford and Cherie Currie

Album charts[edit]

Year Album US Artist
1978 Beauty's Only Skin Deep - Cherie Currie
1980 Messin' with the Boys - Cherie and Marie Currie
1997 Messin' with the Boys (Re-released) - Cherie and Marie Currie
1999 The 80's Collection - Cherie Currie/Cherie & Marie Currie

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1980 Foxes Annie
1982 Parasite Dana
1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie Sara Segment #3
1983 Wavelength Iris Longacre
1984 Murder, She Wrote Echo Cramer TV episode: "It's a Dog's Life"
1984 The Rosebud Beach Hotel Singing Maid Cherie Her twin Marie Currie played Singing Maid Marie.
1990 Matlock Renee Thorton 2 episodes: "The Informer: Part 1" and "The Informer: Part 2"
1991 Matlock Betsy Rhodes TV episode: "The Suspect"
Rich Girl Michelle
1992 Dr. Giggles ADR voice
2004 Gettig the Knack Herself documentary
2005 Edgeplay: A Film About the Runaways Herself Film by former Runaways bassist Victory Tischler-Blue documenting The Runaways' musical history.
2013 Hansel and Gretel: Warriors of Witchcraft Ms. Thoman Direct-to-DVD release
Warehouse 13 Herself TV episode "Runaway"

Bibliography[edit]

Year Book L.A. Weekly
1989 Neon Angel -
2008 Cherry Bomb -
2010 Neon Angel (Re-released) 10

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