Jackie Fox

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Jackie Fox
Birth nameJacqueline Louise Fuchs
Also known asJackie Fox
GenresPunk rock, hard rock, heavy metal
Occupation(s)Musician, bassist, attorney
Instrumentsvocals, bass
Years active1975–1977
LabelsMercury Records
Associated actsThe Runaways, Lita Ford, Joan Jett, Cherie Currie, Sandy West

Jacqueline Louise Fuchs is an American attorney and former musician. Under her stage name Jackie Fox, she played bass guitar for the pioneering all-girl teenage rock band the Runaways. She is the sister of screenwriter Carol Fuchs and sister-in-law of Castle Rock Entertainment co-founder Martin Shafer.

The Runaways[edit]

A Merit scholar, Fox had gained early admission to UCLA to study math when the opportunity to join the fledgling rock band the Runaways arose. Fox was "discovered" dancing at the Starwood by Rodney Bingenheimer (the self-proclaimed "mayor of the Sunset Strip"), who introduced her to producer/impresario Kim Fowley. Initially she auditioned for lead guitar, but the band hired Lita Ford for that. Some time later, she was called back to play bass; she accepted the offer, and joined the Runaways in 1975, shortly before her 16th birthday.

Fox played on the Runaways' second studio album, Queens of Noise, but not on their 1976 debut album. According to multiple sources, including Cherie Currie's memoir Neon Angel and the liner notes of the Raven Records release of The Runaways, Blondie bassist Nigel Harrison was hired to play bass on the first album due to Fowley's refusal to let Fox play on the record.[1] Fox confirms this.[1]

Fox's final appearance with the Runaways was on their 1977 Live in Japan album. It was during the Japanese Tour on which that album was recorded that Fox decided to leave the band. According to Fox, in the 2005 documentary film Edgeplay: A Film About the Runaways, she was distraught over the band members' inability to get along with each other and called her close friend Randy Rhoads of the L.A. band Quiet Riot, who encouraged her to come home. Victory Tischler-Blue (AKA "Vicki Blue") was quickly hired as her replacement.

Though she had quit the band three years earlier, Fox appears on Flaming Schoolgirls (1980), an outtakes compilation featuring songs recorded during the Queens of Noise recording sessions in 1976. She later appeared on the compilation albums Neon Angels and The Best of the Runaways.

Fox played bass at the Runaways reunion in 1994 with Currie and West. Currie's sister Marie also performed with the band that night.[2]

Fox denied permission for her name to be used in the 2010 feature film The Runaways. Instead, the producers created a fictional character, Robin (portrayed by actress Alia Shawkat), as the band's bassist in the film.[3]

After the Runaways[edit]

In the years following her tenure with the Runaways, Fox worked in a variety of fields, most notably as a record promotions executive, a modeling agent, the promoter of Tony Robbins's Firewalking seminars, and most recently an entertainment attorney in the motion picture and television business, representing actors, writers, directors, authors, and producers.

In a live rendition of the song "Suicide Machine" by punk rock band the Germs, Darby Crash is heard saying he is looking for Jackie and that the song is dedicated to her.[4]

Fuchs earned her B.A. summa cum laude from UCLA in linguistics and Italian, with a specialization in computing, and her J.D. from Harvard, where Barack Obama was one of her classmates.[5][6] She speaks Italian and French, as well as conversational Greek and Spanish. She has written a script called "Delilah's Scissors" with Victory Tischler-Blue and appeared in Tischler-Blue's 2005 documentary Edgeplay: A Film About the Runaways. Fuchs has also written for the Huffington Post blog.[6]

Fuchs appeared as a contestant on The Dating Game circa 1980.[7]

In 2013 Fuchs appeared as a contestant in the fourth episode of The Chase, and on September 6, 2013, she was a contestant on the syndicated version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, then hosted by Cedric the Entertainer. She had banked $16,100, but ended up with only $1,000 after missing a question.[8] In December 2018 she appeared on Jeopardy!, winning four games and $87,089.[9][10]

Personal life and Kim Fowley assault[edit]

In July 2015 Fox alleged that Kim Fowley raped her on New Year’s Eve 1975 at a party following a Runaways performance at an Orange County club. Sixteen years old at the time, Fox was reportedly given Quaaludes by a man she thought was a roadie, and while she was incapacitated, Fowley allegedly raped her in full view of a group of partygoers and her bandmates Currie, West, and Jett; Ford was not present.[11]

West's location at the time of the incident is unknown, but Fox said that her last memory of the night was seeing Currie and Jett staring at her as Fowley raped her.[11] Kari Krome (co-founder and songwriter for the group) stated that she saw "Jett and Currie sitting off to the side of the room for part of the time, snickering" during the rape.[11] Jett has publicly denied witnessing the incident "as described," while Currie said she spoke up against Fowley's actions, then stormed out of the room when he refused to stop.[11][12]

Before Fox came forward, Fowley allegedly raped an underage girl at the party on New Year’s Eve 1975, though the victim was never publicly identified. Currie described the incident in the documentary Edgeplay: A Film About the Runaways and also, in detail, in an updated edition of her memoir Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway.[13] In the chapter titled "Kim Fowley's Sex Education Class," Fox is originally mentioned as a bystander, and asks for more food after witnessing the rape. But Fox threatened legal action against Currie if the chapter was published in its original form because "the event described in Cherie's book never happened"; Currie edited the chapter to exclude her.[14] Tischler-Blue (Fox's replacement in the group) said that all the members of the group "have always been aware of this ugly event."[15]

Albums by the Runaways[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Victory Tischler-Blue (2004). Edgeplay: A Film About the Runaways. Sacred Dogs Entertainment. [Fowley] kicked me out of the studio and hired Nigel Harrison, who went on to be the bass player in Blondie, so it's not actually me on the first album.
  2. ^ "An Interview with Jackie Fox". tripod.com.
  3. ^ "The Insider: Alia Shawkat - Nylon Magazine". Nylonmag.com. Archived from the original on December 26, 2010. Retrieved July 8, 2011.
  4. ^ Taktwo2 (August 26, 2009). "The Germs - Suicide Machine" – via YouTube.
  5. ^ Weekly Standard interview Jacqueline Fuchs discusses Barack Obama
  6. ^ a b Huffington Post Jackie Fuchs bio
  7. ^ "Runaways bassist Jackie Fox on 'The Dating Game,' 1980". November 29, 2011. Retrieved September 4, 2012.
  8. ^ "Former Runaways bassist Jackie Fuchs talks 'Jeopardy,' rape allegations against producer". Fox News.
  9. ^ "Jackie Fuchs: From Musician To 'Jeopardy' Champ". GRAMMY.com. December 20, 2018. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  10. ^ "Show #7886 - Monday, December 17, 2018". December 14, 2018.
  11. ^ a b c d Cherkis, Jason (July 8, 2015). "The Lost Girls". The Huffington Post. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  12. ^ Marie Lodi. "Joan Jett and Cherie Currie Respond to Jackie Fox's Rape Allegations". Jezebel.
  13. ^ "Statement on "The Lost Girls" - Populism". Populism.
  14. ^ "The Runaways Remembered". runawaysstories.blogspot.com.
  15. ^ "The Jackie Fox rape disclosure shows we still have a lot to learn". Boing Boing.

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