The Runaways: “Queens of Noise”
An all-girl band featuring a very young Joan Jett and future glam metal bunny Lita Ford, the Runaways had a lot more going for them in the musical talent department than bands like the Sex Pistols or Spice Girls, to name two groups that were assembled in the same way. But having all that talent doesn’t necessarily translate to making a great album, and “Queens of Noise” is Exhibit A in that argument. Jett’s “I Love Playing with Fire” is far and away the best track on the record – you can definitely hear the archetypal Joan Jett sound that she and the Blackhearts would make famous four or five years later; I also love the title of “Neon Angles on the Road to Ruin,” but not the actual song. As for the rest of it, I’ve already forgotten how most of the songs go.