Cherie Currie

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Cherie Currie
Cherie Currie.jpg
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
Occupation(s) Musician, singer, songwriter, actress, artist, producer
Instruments vocals, keyboards, guitar
Years active 1976–present
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
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 Currie. 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 be a solo artist. She signed a contract 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.[4] 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".[5] 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.[2] 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[6] 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. 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.[7] 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[8] 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.[9] Cherie was considered for a part in the 1985 film Explorers but, according to her autobiography, she was in the throes of drug dependency and couldn't even make it to a meeting.[10]

Later years[edit]

Currie was a guest vocalist on Shameless' 2013 album, Beautiful Disaster. Currie released singles with ex-bandmate, Lita Ford[11] and Glenn Danzig the same year. Currie released another studio album, Reverie, in 2015[12] The album features guest work from ex-bandmate, Lita Ford, Currie's son, Jake Hayes, and Currie's ex-manager, Kim Fowley.

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 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.[13] 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.[14] Her chainsaw art has been featured on recent television programs.

Discography[edit]

With the Runaways[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

Solo[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • 2007 – Cherry Bomb[17]

Guest appearances[edit]

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 [24]
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
2015 "Believe" - Reverie 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
2015 Reverie - Cherie 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 Betsy Rhodes TV episode: "The Suspect"
Rich Girl Michelle
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"

Bibliography[edit]

Year Book L.A. Weekly author(s) notes
1989 Neon Angel - Cherie Currie, Neal Shusterman author
2008 Cherry Bomb - Carrie Borzillo-Vrenna contributor
2010 Neon Angel (Re-released) 9 Cherie Currie, Tony O'Neill author
2014 The Narrow Road of Light - Marie Currie developer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Interview with The Runaways’ Cherie Currie, Tribute.ca, March 26, 2010; retrieved 2011-12-22.
  2. ^ a b "The Lewiston Journal - Google News Archive Search". google.com. 
  3. ^ Sunday Times Culture, April 25, 2010
  4. ^ Video on YouTube
  5. ^ Richie Unterberger. "Beauty's Only Skin Deep - Cherie Currie - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. 
  6. ^ "To Cherie and Marie Currie, Two Blondies Are Better Than One". people.com. 
  7. ^ Tom Demalon. "Cherie Currie - Biography - AllMusic". AllMusic. 
  8. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0192947/bio?ref_=nm_dyk_trv_sm#trivia
  9. ^ "11 Things You May Not Know About 'This Is Spinal Tap'". Loudwire. 
  10. ^ Currie, Cherie (16 March 2010). Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway. New York City: HarperCollins. ISBN 0061961353. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  11. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Lita-Ford-Cherie-Currie-Rock-This-Christmas-Down/release/5161043
  12. ^ "iTunes - Music - Reverie by Cherie Currie". iTunes. 
  13. ^ Cherie Currie rocks with biopic. Dailynews.com. (March 19, 2010) Retrieved on 2011-12-22.
  14. ^ Welcome to. Chainsawchick.com. Retrieved on 2011-12-22.
  15. ^ Young & Wild: Cherie Currie & Marie: Music. Amazon.com. Retrieved on 2011-12-22.
  16. ^ "80's Collection by Cherie Currie (Album): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list - Rate Your Music". rateyourmusic.com. 
  17. ^ "Amazon.com: Cherry Bomb: Cherie Currie Of The Runaways: MP3 Downloads". amazon.com. 
  18. ^ "Struck Down - Yesterday & Today - Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. 
  19. ^ http://www.discogs.com/707-The-Second-Album/release/2623674
  20. ^ "Mono Stereo - Tater Totz - Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. 
  21. ^ "What You See Is What You Get: The Very Best of Precious Metal - Precious Metal - Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. 
  22. ^ "Ramones Solo Performances - Dee Dee Ramone,Johnny Ramone,Marky Ramone - Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. 
  23. ^ "The Family Tree - The Ramones - Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. 
  24. ^ "Messin' with the Boys - Cherie & Marie Currie - Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. 

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