Cherie Currie in 2010
|Birth name||Cherie Ann Currie|
November 30, 1959 |
Encino, California, US
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer, songwriter, actress, artist, producer|
|Instruments||vocals, keyboards, guitar|
|Labels||Mercury, Capitol, Raven, MCA, Rocket City|
|Associated acts||The Runaways, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Lita Ford, Cherie & Marie Currie, Currie-Blue Band, Tater Totz|
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.
Currie was born to Don Currie and actress Marie Harmon. 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 Currie. Marie is two minutes older.
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".
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."
After three albums with The Runaways, (The Runaways, Queens of Noise and Live in Japan), Currie went on to be a solo artist. She signed a contracted with Mercury saying she would record four records, but she left The Runaways after the third album, thus she was obligated to record another album. She recorded it solo and the result was Beauty's Only Skin Deep for Polygram Records. Marie Currie did a duet with Cherie on her solo record, "Love at First Sight". Cherie and Marie went on a US tour in 1977, and when Marie would join Cherie on stage to sing the encores the audience would go wild. Then they went on a Japan tour in 1978. While in Japan, the twins performed on many TV shows. So Cherie ran with the idea of two blonds are better than one, and changed the band name from Cherie Currie to Cherie and Marie Currie With her twin sister Marie Currie, she recorded Messin' with the Boys for Capitol Records and Young and Wild for Raven. Messin' with the Boys was released in 1980. Messin' with the Boys received more radio play than Beauty's Only Skin Deep and, the song "Since You Been Gone" off of Messin' with the Boys charted number 95 on US charts. Cherie and Marie performed on many television shows to support the album; including the Sha Na Na show, and The Mike Douglas Show. Young and Wild was released in 1998. It was Cherie and Marie's first compilation album. It contains tracks from Beauty's Only Skin Deep, Messin with the Boys, Flaming School Girls (The Runaways compilation album), and one new track co-written by Marie. In 1999 Cherie released a rare studio album on Rocket City Records. It has songs Cherie and Marie sang in The Rosebud Beach Hotel, other duets by the twins, and a couple of solo performances by Cherie. Along with the album recordings with Marie, Cherie and Marie sang, wrote, and produced songs for The Rosebud Beach Hotel and its soundtrack called, The Rosebud Beach Hotel Soundtrack. In the film, they acted and sang together.
Cherie stared in the film Foxes in 1980 with Jodie Foster. She received strong reviews for her acting debut, and because of this film she received many roles in other films. Along with staring in Foxes (her best known film), She starred in 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). In 1984 Currie was cast as Brenda in Savage Streets, but was replaced by Linda Blair In the same year Currie was cast as the lead singer of the fictional band The Dose in the film This is Spinal Tap, but her character was cut out of the film.
Currie was a guest vocalist on Shameless' 2013 album, Beautiful Disaster. Currie released singles with ex-bandmate, Lita Ford and Glenn Danzig the same year. Currie released another studio album, Reverie, in 2015 The album features guest work from ex-bandmate, Lita Ford, Currie's son, Jake Hayes, and Currie's ex-manager, Kim Fowley.
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. 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. Her chainsaw art has been featured on recent television programs.
With the Runaways
- 1977 – Live in Japan
- 1978 – Beauty's Only Skin Deep
- 1980 – Messin' with the Boys (with Marie Currie)
- 1997 – Messin' with the Boys (re-released with 7 bonus tracks, with Marie Currie)
- 1998 – Young and Wild (compilation, with Marie Currie)
- 1999 – The 80's Collection (rare studio album, with Marie Currie as a guest on some tracks)
- 2015 - Reverie
- 2007 – Cherry Bomb
- 1978 - Yesterday & Today - Struck Down
- 1981 - 707 - The Second Album
- 1984 – various artist – The Rosebud Beach Hotel Soundtrack (with Marie Currie)
- 1990 – Tater Totz – Stereo: Sgt. Shonen's Exploding Plastic Eastman Band Request
- 1993 – Atsushi Yokozeki Project – Raid
- 1998 - Precious Metal - What You See Is What You Get: The Very Best of Precious Metal
- 2001 - Katt Lowe & the Othersyde - Katt Lowe & the Othersyde
- 2004 - Texas Terri Bomb! - Your Lips...
- 2006 - Rick Derringer - Rock 'n' Roll Hoochie Coo: The Best of Rick Derringer
- 2007 - Dee Dee Ramone / Johnny Ramone / Marky Ramone - Ramones Solo Performances
- 2008 - The Ramones - The Family Tree
- 2003 - The Streetwalkin' Cheetahs - Maximum Overdrive
- 2013 – Shameless – Beautiful Disaster
- 2013 – Warehouse 13 – Runaway
- 2013 – Glenn Danzig – "Some Velvet Morning"
|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|||
|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|
|1998||"Cherry Bomb"||-||Maximum Overdrive||The Streetwalkin' Cheetahs|
|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|
|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|
|1983||Twilight Zone: The Movie||Sara||Segment #3|
|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"|
|1992||Dr. Giggles||ADR voice|
|2004||Getting 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"|
|2010||Neon Angel (Re-released)||9|
- Interview with The Runaways’ Cherie Currie, Tribute.ca, March 26, 2010; retrieved 2011-12-22.
- Sunday Times Culture, April 25, 2010
- Video on YouTube
- Cherie Currie rocks with biopic. Dailynews.com. (March 19, 2010) Retrieved on 2011-12-22.
- Welcome to. Chainsawchick.com. Retrieved on 2011-12-22.
- Young & Wild: Cherie Currie & Marie: Music. Amazon.com. Retrieved on 2011-12-22.
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