Cherry Bomb (The Runaways song)
Cover of the 1976 Japan single
|Single by The Runaways|
|from the album The Runaways|
|The Runaways singles chronology|
"Cherry Bomb" is a 1976 punk-influenced hard rock single by the all-female band the Runaways from their self-titled debut album, and is often regarded as the band's signature song. "Cherry Bomb" was also ranked 52nd on VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs. It peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart in the U.S.
Singer/guitarist Joan Jett composed the song with Kim Fowley, the band's then-manager. In the 2005 documentary Edgeplay: A Film About the Runaways, Fowley and former Runaways lead singer Cherie Currie claimed that "Cherry Bomb" was quickly written just for Currie to audition for the band because the band members could not perform the song she originally chose to sing.
Jett re-recorded the song with her band the Blackhearts for the 1984 album Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth. Cherie Currie also re-recorded "Cherry Bomb" with Marie Currie, her twin sister, on their 1997 re-released version of the album Messin' with the Boys.
- Cherie Currie - lead vocals
- Joan Jett - rhythm guitar, backing vocals
- Lita Ford - lead guitar
- Sandy West - drums, backing vocals
- Jackie Fox - backing vocals
- Nigel Harrison - bass
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- The Runaways' version of "Cherry Bomb" was used in the television film Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway (1976) as well as the film Dazed and Confused (1993), and was included on the latter film's soundtrack album.
- "Cherry Bomb" was re-recorded by Jett and Currie for use in the 2010 video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock as a playable song.
- "Cherry Bomb" is featured in both the soundtrack and the actual film for Guardians of the Galaxy in the climatic scene as the group is getting ready to go into battle against Ronan the Accuser.
- "Cherry Bomb" is sung at the end of the episode Warehouse-13 4.16-Runaway as a part of Claudia's birthday celebration, giving the title a second meaning as the primary plot is about an escaped convict.
- "Cherry Bomb" is sung at the end of the episode The Boys 1.02-Cherry after Hughie detonates an explosive.
- The Riverdale Vixens (featuring Madelaine Petsch, Camila Mendes and Vanessa Morgan) perform as the Riverdale Bulldogs play against the Stonewall Stallions in the episode "Chapter Sixty-Seven: Varsity Blues" of the fourth season of the television series Riverdale and featured on the soundtrack album.
- 52nd Greatest Hard Rock Song Archived February 12, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
- Whitburn, Joel (1998). Bubbling Under Singles & Albums. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 311. ISBN 0-89820-128-4.
- "Dazed And Confused". September 28, 1993 – via Amazon.
- Blabbermouth.net news Archived July 30, 2010, at the Wayback Machine