Kim Fowley

Kim Vincent Fowley (July 21, 1939 – January 15, 2015) was an American record producer, singer, songwriter and musician. He is best known for his role behind a string of novelty and cult pop rock singles in the 1960s, and for managing the Runaways in the 1970s. He has been described as "one of the most colorful characters in the annals of rock & roll," as well as "a shadowy cult figure well outside the margins of the mainstream."[1]

Kim Fowley
Kim Fowley
Fowley in Paris, 2012
Background information
Birth nameKim Vincent Fowley
BornJuly 21, 1939
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
DiedJanuary 15, 2015 (aged 75)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
GenresPop, rock, glam rock, protopunk, alternative rock
Occupation(s)Record producer, impresario, songwriter
Years active1959–2015
Associated acts
Websitewww.kimfowley.com

Early life

Born in Los Angeles, Fowley was the son of character actor Douglas Fowley and actress Shelby Payne.[2] His parents later divorced and Payne married William Friml, son of composer Rudolf Friml.[3] Fowley attended University High School at the same time as singers Jan Berry and Dean Torrence (later of Jan and Dean fame), Nancy Sinatra, Bruce Johnston (later of the Beach Boys), as well as actors Ryan O'Neal, James Brolin and Sandra Dee.

Career

In 1957, he was hospitalized with polio and, on his release, became manager and publicist for a local band the Sleepwalkers that included Johnston, drummer Sandy Nelson and, occasionally, Phil Spector.[4][5] He spent some time in the armed forces and, by his own account, worked in the sex industry in Los Angeles in the late 1950s.[6] In 1959 he began working in the music industry in various capacities for both Alan Freed and Berry Gordy. His first record as producer was "Charge" by the Renegades, a group comprising Johnston, Nelson, Nik Venet and Richard Podolor.[4] He promoted records for the duo Skip & Flip (Skip Battin and Gary S. Paxton) including the #11 hit "Cherry Pie".[7]

1960s

During the early 1960s, Fowley was involved as co-producer/co-publisher with a string of successful records produced in Los Angeles. With Gary S. Paxton he recorded the novelty song "Alley Oop", which reached # 1 on the charts in 1960 and was credited to the non-existent group the Hollywood Argyles. In 1961 he co-produced the instrumental "Like, Long Hair", arranged by Paxton, which became a #38 hit for Paul Revere and the Raiders. He arranged "Nut Rocker" for B. Bumble and the Stingers, which became a # 1 hit in the UK in 1962 and talent scouted "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow", a #48 hit for the Rivingtons. The following year he produced "Popsicles and Icicles" by The Murmaids, which reached #3 in the charts in 1963 and which was written by a pre-Bread David Gates, then a session musician and songwriter who had met Fowley while Kim was hitchhiking in Los Angeles.[1][8]

During the mid-1960s, Fowley publicized/consulted singer P.J. Proby and relocated for a time to London, England. Fowley wrote the lyrics for the song "Portobello Road", the B-side of Cat Stevens' first single, "I Love My Dog". He produced a Them spin-off band led by two ex-Them members, brothers Pat and Jackie McAuley (who were only allowed to use the band name Other Them in the UK, but called themselves Them on the European continent, releasing an album called Them Belfast Gypsies and a single "Let's Freak Out" under the name Freaks of Nature); an early incarnation of Slade known as the N'Betweens; Soft Machine (he produced "Love Makes Sweet Music", their first single); and the Lancasters, an instrumental rock group featuring a young Ritchie Blackmore. He worked with an up-and-coming band, the Farinas, and renamed them "Family".

In London around 1967 Fowley collaborated with The Seekers guitarist/arranger Keith Potger. Together (with Potger writing under the nom de plume John Martin) they wrote the lyrics to "Emerald City". Potger has said the song was originally quite unlike the eventual Seekers single, and that he heavily "Seeker-ized" the arrangement before presenting it to the group. The tune was based on the "Ode To Joy" theme from Beethoven's ninth ("Choral") symphony.

Fowley worked on occasion as a recording artist in the 1960s, issuing albums such as Love Is Alive and Well. In 1965 he wrote and produced a song about the psychedelic experience, "The Trip". He later was credited for "hypephone" on Frank Zappa's first album Freak Out! Other singles by Fowley as a recording artist included "Animal Man", during the song he remarks "Its too dirty, it'll be banned" from his popular 1968 album Outrageous. All his efforts as a solo artist since 1970 have become cult items, both in reissue and bootleg formats.

In 1968, Fowley joined forces with a young band from Topanga Canyon California, St John Green, to produce their only album containing songs, musical soundtracks, comedy and dark poetry. The band comprised Ed Bissot (bass), Bill Kirkland (guitars), Vic Sabino (vocals, harmonica and percussion), Mike Baxter (organ), and Shel Scott (drums). The album was engineered by Michael Lloyd. Fowley later claimed it to be "one of the great lost records...Somebody will reissue it someday and people will start crying and jacking off and smoking dope to it. It's a great record. There's only a handful of records that I’ve made that are great."[9] The album was released by MGM on the Flick Disc label, but the group disbanded soon afterwards.[10][11]

He is credited with being the inspiration behind promoter John Brower's call to John Lennon that resulted in the last-minute appearance of the Plastic Ono Band at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival on September 13, 1969, where Fowley was the MC. At this event, Fowley invited the audience to light matches and lighters to welcome a nervous John Lennon to the stage.[12]

In 1969, Fowley produced the album I'm Back and I'm Proud for Gene Vincent. He co-wrote for Warren Zevon's first solo album, Wanted Dead or Alive.[13] Fowley collaborated with his friend Skip Battin during Battin's membership as bassist with the Byrds on a number of songs which appeared on their early '70's albums: "The Hungry Planet", "You All Look Alike", "Tunnel of Love", "Citizen Kane", "Absolute Happiness", "Precious Kate", and "America's Great National Pastime". The latter song was released as a single in late 1971. When Battin moved on to the New Riders of the Purple Sage in 1974, Fowley and Battin co-wrote five songs for the New Riders: "On the Amazon", "Big Wheels", "Singing Cowboy", "Neon Rose" and "Strangers on a Train".

1970s

In 1973, Fowley produced three recordings by Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids for the film American Graffiti (1973). These songs were "At the Hop", "Louie Louie" and "She's So Fine". He co-wrote songs for KISS, Helen Reddy, Alice Cooper, Leon Russell and Kris Kristofferson. He made recordings with Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers, which were eventually released in 1981 as The Original Modern Lovers. Fowley's tracks were not included on the original versions of the album The Modern Lovers but some were included on later CD reissues.[14]

In 1974, Fowley placed an advertisement in local fanzine Who Put the Bomp looking for female performers. He hoped to form an all-female group that he could produce and would perform his songs, but no one responded to the advert. In 1975, he met the teenage guitarist Joan Jett who expressed interest in forming an all-female band. Less than two weeks later, he met 15-year-old drummer Sandy West who introduced herself outside of the Rainbow Bar and Grill in Hollywood, California. West told Fowley of her aspirations to form an all-female band after playing in all-male groups. This meeting led to Fowley giving West Jett's phone number. The two met and began playing together at West's home the following week. A short time later Fowley recruited Lita Ford, Cherie Currie, and Jackie Fox. They eventually became the Runaways. While he did produce some of their albums and contributed lyrics to songs, the band was primarily responsible for creating their own music. The group severed their ties with Fowley in 1977.

Fowley co-wrote two Kiss songs "King of the Night Time World" and "Do You Love Me?" with Paul Stanley and producer Bob Ezrin. Both appeared on Kiss' 1976 album Destroyer.

In 1978, Fowley formed the Orchids, another all-female rock band, with Laurie McAllister, the last bassist from The Runaways, and Sandy Fury,[15] a 13-year-old rock prodigy on rhythm guitar and vocals.

In 1979, Fowley signed new artists, such as Tommy Rock, the Popsicles, and the Orchids. Fowley promoted "Kim Fowley Night" featuring these bands at the Whisky a Go Go. Fowley brought Stiv Bators & the Dead Boys, the Popsicles, and the Orchids into Leon Russell's Cherokee Recording Studio in Hollywood to record "LA, LA (I'm on a Hollywood High)".

1980s

In the 1980s Fowley moved to Australia where he announced that he was "looking for the new Beatles or ABBA". His search turned up power pop band Beathoven who were still under a recording contract with EMI. Changing their name to the Innocents, he secured a new record deal with Trafalgar Records and produced several songs for the group. They too became a cult band in later bootlegs/reissues. Fowley produced the first demos for the iconic power pop band, Candy, which featured Gilby Clarke and Kyle Vincent. Vincent was Fowley's personal assistant. Producer Fowley and attorney David Chatfield recorded the first album for Steel Breeze at Rusk studios in Hollywood and got Steel Breeze their recording contract with RCA. Casey Kasem, on the edition of March 12, 1983 of American Top 40, describes how Fowley discovered Steel Breeze while going through approximately 1200 demo tapes that were about to be discarded by a local Hollywood nightclub, Madam Wongs. "You Don't Want Me Anymore" was the first single from the band's self-titled album and quickly jumped into the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 supported by a video that was a favorite of early MTV, and peaked at # 16. The next single, "Dreamin' Is Easy", also made it into the Top 40.

In 1984, still owning rights to the name "the Runaways", Fowley rebuilt the image around Gayle Welch, an unknown teenager from New Zealand. Adding Denise Prior, Missy Bonilla (then a typist for Denny Diante at what was CBS Records) and Cathy DiAmber (Catherine Dombrowski) with David Carr on keyboards, a Chicago guitarist Bill Millay and numerous session musicians. Fowley, assisted by New Zealander Glenn Holland, sought to cash in on the fame of the former Runaways members who had gone on to significant success in their individual solo careers. In 1985, he returned to the United States and recorded further songs with the Innocents' David Minchin.[16]

In 1986, Fowley spotted the band Shanghai (consisting of Eric Leach and Taz Rudd of Symbol Six, Brent Muscat of Faster Pussycat, Patrick Muzingo, and Todd Muscat of Decry) at the Troubadour. After seeing their performance he asked, "Are you ready to make a record?!" They immediately moved in with Fowley and began writing and recording songs. David Libert, Alice Cooper's ex-road manager and agent for George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, was recruited to come in to handle the day-to-day babysitting chores. Shanghai played the reopening of the Whisky a Go Go in April 1986 with Guns N' Roses and Faster Pussycat.[17] Their last show was at the Scream in Los Angeles in 1987.

2000s

Fowley is featured in Mayor of the Sunset Strip, a 2003 documentary about the disc jockey Rodney Bingenheimer.

Also in 2003, Fowley made a return trip to London, England, where he made an in-store appearance at Intoxica Records on Portobello Road and curated and performed an evening of music and entertainment at the Dirty Water Club at its then base at the Boston Music Room in North London.

Kim became an experimental filmmaker after the DVD release of Mayor of the Sunset Strip. His written and directed works include: Black Room Doom, Dollboy: The Movie, Satan of Silverlake, The Golden Road to Nowhere, Frankenstein Goes Surfing, Trailer Park's On Fire and Jukebox California. Video clips/scenes from these movies can be seen on YouTube and Myspace, and feature a cast of regulars including but not limited to musical oddities such as the Fabulous Miss Wendy, Giddle Partridge, Richard Rogers (Crazy White Man) and Clown Porn Queen Hollie Stevens.

Fowley released the 21 track solo album Adventures in Dreamland on WEED/Innerstate Records in 2004. It contained the songs "Mayor of the Sunset Strip," "Terrors in Tinseltown," and "Ballad of Phil Spector."[18]

In 2008, Fowley was reunited with Cherie Currie at Houdini's mansion in Los Angeles.[19] He played three dozen gigs between June 2007 and February 2009 as the act Crazy White Man, a duo featuring him on vocals and Richard Rogers on guitar. The bulk of the Crazy White Man shows took place during 2008 and included the Tribute to Gidget Gein, which raised funds for Gidget's Hollywood Forever memorial.[20]

Capitol re-released several of his titles, and director Guy Ritchie used his song "The Trip" in the 2008 film RocknRolla. Fowley was recently regularly heard on Sirius Satellite Radio with a four-hour show on Saturdays and Sundays.

Currie wrote a memoir of her time in the Runaways, which was turned into the film, The Runaways, released on March 19, 2010. It featured Kristen Stewart playing Jett, and Dakota Fanning portraying Currie. Michael Shannon played the part of Fowley.

In 2012, Fowley won the Special Jury Prize at the 13th Melbourne Underground Film Festival for his two feature projects – Golden Road to Nowhere and Black Room Doom.

2010s

In his last years, Fowley worked on writing and publishing his autobiography, which he divided between three distinct books. He released the first volume of his autobiography, Lord of Garbage, published by Kicks Books, in 2012. It covers the years 1939–1969 and describes his early childhood and beginning years in the music business. The second volume of his autobiography was intended to be called Planet Pain and to cover the years 1970–1994. The last volume of his autobiography was intended to be finished on his deathbed and to be released posthumously, for as the 2010s began, Fowley was disease-stricken.[21] On September 24, 2014, Fowley married longtime girlfriend and music executive Kara Wright-Fowley, in a private ceremony in Los Angeles.

Death

Fowley died of bladder cancer in Hollywood, California on January 15, 2015 at the age of 75.[22]

He is interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.[23][24]

Controversies

In a 2001 interview, Michael Steele of The Bangles claimed Fowley fired her from The Runaways for refusing his sexual advances.[25]

In 2015, Jackie Fuchs (formerly Jackie Fox of The Runaways) claimed that Fowley had raped her in 1975 during a New Year's Eve party while he was involved with the band.[26] Fox also alleged that Jett and Currie witnessed the rape. Jett denied that, but songwriter Kari Krome and other bystanders corroborated it.[27]

Selected discography

Solo work
  • 1967 Love Is Alive and Well
  • 1968 Born to Be Wild
  • 1968 Outrageous
  • 1969 Good Clean Fun
  • 1970 The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • 1972 I'm Bad
  • 1973 International Heroes
  • 1974 Automatic
  • 1975 Animal God of the Streets
  • 1978 Living in the Streets
  • 1978 Sunset Boulevard
  • 1979 Snake Document Masquerade
  • 1981 Son of Frankenstein
  • 1984 Frankenstein and the All-Star Monster Band
  • 1993 White Negroes in Deutschland
  • 1994 Hotel Insomnia
  • 1995 Bad News From The Underworld
  • 1995 Mondo Hollywood
  • 1995 Let the Madness In
  • 1996 Worm Culture
  • 1997 Michigan Babylon
  • 1997 Hidden Agenda at the 13th Note
  • 1998 The Trip of a Lifetime
  • 1999 Sex, Cars and God
  • 2003 Fantasy World
  • 2004 Strange Plantations
  • 2004 Adventures in Dreamland
  • 2013 Wildfire – The Complete Imperial Recordings 1968–69
  • Sessions 2006-2009 & 2012-postheumus "Pagan Sex Ritual" The Last Word On Rock. The bulk of these sessions co-written coproduced and co-performed by both Kim Rowley and co-CrazynWhite Man TheRichard(Richard Rogers PhD) and contains 27 studio tracks, and 11live tracks. Currently international legal issues focusing on publishing and those who represent his estate in this matter! Currently three major label and two minor ones are all working to dispose of these legal hurdles and purchase said rights outright and in full so final release and distribution may finally commence as per the wishes of TheRichard and Kim alike![28]
Producer or writer

Bibliography

  • Fowley, Kim (2012). Lord of Garbage. New York: Kicks Books. ISBN 0965977765.

References

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  2. ^ Lewis, Randy (15 January 2015). "L.A. record producer-manager Kim Fowley dies at 75". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ McDonnell, Evelyn (2013). Queen of Noise: The Real Story of The Runaways. Boston, MA: Da Capo Press. ISBN 0306820390.
  4. ^ a b "Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) & PSA/DNA Authentication Services". Psacard.com. Archived from the original on March 1, 2012. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
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  8. ^ "Musicians Associated with the Byrds - F". Ebni.com. Archived from the original on January 20, 2013. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
  9. ^ Interview with Kim Fowley by Mike Stax, Ugly Things magazine, issue #19, 2001
  10. ^ St. John Green, 60sgaragebands.com Archived December 21, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 21 January 2015
  11. ^ St. John Green, headheritage.co.uk. Retrieved 21 January 2015
  12. ^ Grow, Kory (15 January 2015). "Kim Fowley, Runaways Producer and L.A. Rock Icon, Dead at 75". Rolling Stone. ISSN 0035-791X.
  13. ^ I'll Sleep When I'm Dead: The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon
  14. ^ Tim Mitchell, There's Something About Jonathan, 1999, ISBN 0-7206-1076-1
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  16. ^ "The Innocents". ReverbNation. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
  17. ^ "~ Guns N' Roses Venues : 1986". W-axl-rose.com. Retrieved 2013-03-31.
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  29. ^ "John York on Outsight Radio Hours : Outsight Radio Hours : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive". Internet Archive. Retrieved January 16, 2015.

External links

Americana (Leon Russell album)

Americana is an album by singer and songwriter Leon Russell. The album peaked at # 115 on the US charts Billboard 200. The album was first released as a vinyl LP Album by Leon's new label Paradise Records and Wounded Bird Records. Americana was re-released on CD by Wounded Bird in 2007 and again in 2012 by Ais. The album was by produced by Leon Russell. Dyan Diamond helped write some of the songs on the album, Dyan was a young singer - songwriter in Los Angeles, also worked with songwriter Kim Fowley. The new releases were after Leoan recordings earned six gold records. He received two Grammy awards from seven nominations. In 2011, Leon was inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. One of his biggest early fans, Elton John, said Russell was a "mentor" and an "inspiration". They recorded their album The Union in 2010, which earned them a Grammy nomination.

Cherry Bomb (The Runaways song)

"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 106 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.

Down to the Line (Bachman–Turner Overdrive song)

"Down to the Line" is a 1975 song written by Randy Bachman, with Kim Fowley, Mark Anthony and Vincent Furnier (better known as Alice Cooper). It was first recorded by Canadian rock group Bachman–Turner Overdrive (BTO) as a non-album single and released in November 1975, just ahead of their December 1975 album Head On. The lead vocal is provided by Randy Bachman. It was the only non-album single released by BTO, though it was included on some later releases of the Head On album in CD format. "Down to the Line" just missed the U.S. Top 40, peaking at #43 on the Billboard Hot 100 on January 3, 1976. The single fared much better in Canada, peaking at #13 on the Canadian RPM charts.As the Head On album had yet to be released, the B-side of “Down to the Line” is the song “She’s a Devil” from the band’s earlier 1975 album Four Wheel Drive.

The original single credits only Randy Bachman as the song's composer. Mark Anthony and Kim Fowley later sued Bachman over the chorus riff of "Down to the Line", which is identical to the main riff in the Alice Cooper song "Escape", composed by Fowley, Anthony and Cooper for the Welcome to My Nightmare album. As a result of the lawsuit, settled out of court, the three additional writing credits were added to Bachman's on subsequent releases of "Down to the Line" (compilation albums and re-issues of Head On).

Emerald City (song)

"Emerald City" is a 1967 song by The Seekers about a visit to the fictional Emerald City from L. Frank Baum's Oz books. Set to the tune of "Ode to Joy" from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, "Emerald City" reached #50 on the UK Charts in 1967.The song was recorded in 1967 and released as a single around Christmas in 1967. The original writing credit was given to Kim Fowley and John Martin, but during a 1993 reunion tour, The Seekers revealed that "John Martin" was actually the nom-de-plume of band member Keith Potger.

Help, I'm a Rock

"Help, I'm a Rock" is a song written by American experimental musicians Frank Zappa and Kim Fowley. It was recorded by Zappa along with the rock band the Mothers of Invention, and the first full-length version appeared on the group's debut album Freak Out!, which was released on Verve Records on June 27, 1966 (see 1966 in music). A section of "Help, I'm a Rock" called "Third Movement: It Can't Happen Here" was also featured as the B-side of the DJ-only "How Can I Be Such a Fool?" single. With a running time of nearly nine minutes, "Help, I'm a Rock" remains one of the Mothers of Invention's most lengthy and experimental pieces in their catalogue.

Jackie Fox

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.

Outrageous (Kim Fowley album)

Outrageous is the third album by American singer-songwriter Kim Fowley, released in 1968 through Imperial Records.

Queens of Noise

Queens of Noise is the second studio album by the American rock band The Runaways. Released in January 1977 on Mercury Records, it is fundamentally a hard rock album, although it also exhibits influences from punk rock, heavy metal, glam rock, and blues rock. While the album features a range of different tempos, most of it consists of the "heavy" guitar-driven tracks that have come to be seen as The Runaways' signature sound, although it also features two noticeably softer songs that have sometimes been described as early power ballads. While stylistically similar to the band's self-titled debut album The Runaways, Queens of Noise features greater emphases on volume and musical sophistication. The album has received generally positive reviews and has remained the band's best-selling record in the United States.

Reverie (Cherie Currie album)

Reverie is the third full-length studio album by Cherie Currie. Released on iTunes March 16, 2015. Cherie released the CD version of this album June 5, 2015 on her eBay page cheriecurriedirect. There is a 35-year gap between Cherie's last full-length studio album, 1980's Messin' with the Boys (with Marie Currie), and 2015's Reverie. This is last studio album Kim Fowley produced before his death. Kim helped Cherie release this album to make amends with her after all the money he swindled her out of when she was in the Runaways and for releasing her and Marie's music on Young and Wild without their approval. After Kim's death Cherie's son, Jake Hays, took over producing.Ex-bandmate, Lita Ford, and Cherie Currie sang the two Runaways' classics as duets. Cherie also recorded a duet with her son, Jake Hays, "Shades of Me".

Ruff House

Ruff House is the debut EP by hard rock/heavy metal band Child's Play, released in 1986 through Rampant Records. It was produced by J. J. Micelli, Kim Fowley and Paul Lani.

The Hollywood Argyles

The Hollywood Argyles were an American musical ensemble, assembled for studio recordings by the producer and songwriter Kim Fowley and his friend and fellow musician Gary S. Paxton. They had a US number one hit record, "Alley Oop" (Lute Records 5905) in 1960.

The Runaways (album)

The Runaways is the debut studio album by American rock band the Runaways. It was released on June 1, 1976, by Mercury Records.

AllMusic has praised the album (especially band members Cherie Currie, Joan Jett and Lita Ford), comparing the band's music to material by Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith.According to multiple sources, including Cherie Currie (in her memoir Neon Angel), the liner notes of the 2003 Cherry Red Records reissue of The Runaways, and Jackie Fox herself, bassist Nigel Harrison played bass on the album, due to manager Kim Fowley refusing to let Fox play on the record.The documentary film Edgeplay: A Film About the Runaways states that the album's first track "Cherry Bomb" was written ad hoc during the audition of lead singer Cherie Currie and the title is a play on the pronunciation of Currie's first name. Currie was told to prepare a Suzi Quatro song for the audition; she picked "Fever", a song the band did not know how to play. Instead, Jett and Fowley came up with the song and had Currie sing it for her audition.

In January 2009, "Cherry Bomb" was ranked 52nd on VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs list. A cover of "Cherry Bomb" is featured in the music video game Rock Band as a downloadable single track. The song also featured in the films Dazed and Confused, RV, Cherrybomb, The Runaways, and Guardians of the Galaxy, and is played in the opening scene of Margaret Cho's stand-up comedy DVD "I'm the One That I Want".

"You Drive Me Wild" is featured in the 2010 film about the band. Actress Dakota Fanning covers "Cherry Bomb" as well as "Dead End Justice" with Kristen Stewart, as they portray Cherie Currie and Joan Jett, respectively.

The Trip (Kim Fowley song)

"The Trip" is a song written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Kim Fowley. It first appeared on the A-side of Fowley's debut single as a solo artist, which was released in early 1965 on Corby Records (see 1965 in music). Anticipating the surreal essence of psychedelia, and his early work with the Mothers of Invention, "The Trip" remains one of Fowley's most experimental compositions of his recording career. Lyrically, the song is regarded as one of the earliest recordings to explicitly make references to LSD.In the composition, Fowley, with a lascivious tone, encourages those depressed with the world to escape it by taking LSD, pronouncing "Summertime's here, kiddies, and it's time to take a trip! To take trips!". The contents become more bizarre as he describes hallucinogenic visions of animals, and drug-induced seduction. Remarkably, despite "The Trip"'s unusual arrangement, it became a regional hit in Los Angeles, and was covered by noted deejay Godfrey, and Thee Midniters, in 1966. An advertisement in a November 1965 edition of the Los Angeles Free Press promoting the remaining copies of "The Trip" suggest the single was one of the earliest works to obviously speak about the psychedelic experience. Since its initial pressing, the song has appeared most notably on Pebbles, Volume 1 and the 1998 expanded box-set of Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965–1968. Godfrey's rendition, retitled "Let's Take a Trip", is featured on Pebbles, Volume 3.The track was featured on the soundtrack for the 2008 film RocknRolla by director Guy Ritchie.

Tombstone Valentine

Tombstone Valentine is a studio album released by Wigwam in 1970. While the previous album Hard 'n' Horny was more of a jazz influenced album, Tombstone Valentine in one of their more pop-ish albums. The album sounds more like the records of the "Deep Pop" era (Nuclear Nightclub, Lucky Golden Stripes and Starpose) than the records of the progressive rock era (Hard 'n' Horny, Fairyport and Being).

This is the first album with Pekka Pohjola in the band, replacing bassist Mats Huldén. Guitarist Nikke Nikamo also left after Hard 'n' Horny, but a permanent replacement for him couldn't be found, so Jukka Tolonen of Tasavallan Presidentti plays guitar on some of the tracks. Tombstone Valentine represents the sound they forsook for the next two progressive albums, Fairyport and Being.

Unlike the other Wigwam albums, this was produced by "non-Finnish" producer, the American Kim Fowley. The track "The Dance of the Anthropoids" is not a Wigwam track, but an experimental electronic piece by Erkki Kurenniemi, recorded in 1968 originally. Kim Fowley thought it was so brilliant that it had to be on the album.

Toronto Rock and Roll Revival

The Toronto Rock and Roll Revival was a one-day, twelve-hour music festival held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on September 13, 1969. It featured a number of popular musical acts from the 1950s and 1960s. The festival is particularly notable as featuring an appearance by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, as the Plastic Ono Band, which resulted in the release of their Live Peace in Toronto 1969 album. The festival was also the subject of the D.A. Pennebaker film, Sweet Toronto.

Troy Gregory

Troy Gregory (born November 13, 1966 in Detroit, Michigan) is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, filmmaker, and solo artist. He is currently a solo artist as well as the lead vocalist and bassist for Super Birthday and bassist for The Dirtbombs. Former acts he has worked with include Crime & the City Solution, The Dirtbombs, Flotsam and Jetsam, Prong, Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, Kim Fowley, Andre Williams, Killing Joke, Electric Six, Nathaniel Mayer, The Volebeats, Spiritualized, and others.

In a 2016 interview that was featured on No Echo, Gregory explained how he came to join Flotsam and Jetsam:

I had graduated from Musicians Institute and just got fired from working in their library. I was walking to a comic book shop on Melrose and saw Dave Mustaine walking into Music Grinder Studios. I heard Chuck Behler joined them on drums and I had played with him twice in Detroit, so I knocked on the door to say hi. He suggested me to join Flotsam. They had the same management and were going to tour together.

Waitin' for the Night

Waitin' for the Night is the third studio album by American all-female rock band the Runaways. It was originally released in October 1977, on the label Mercury. This is the first album to feature the band as a quartet, as rhythm guitarist Joan Jett took over lead vocals in the wake of the departure of Cherie Currie for a solo career and Vicki Blue replaced Jackie Fox on bass. Though it failed to chart in the US, it was successful in Europe. The album entered at No. 34 on the Swedish Albums Chart, and the lead single 'School Days' peaked at No. 29 in Belgium.

We'll Sing in the Sunshine (album)

We'll Sing in the Sunshine is the tenth studio album by Australian-American pop singer Helen Reddy that was released in 1978 by Capitol Records. The album included two songs that were also covered by Johnny Mathis in the first half of that year: "All I Ever Need", which came out on his March release, You Light Up My Life, and "Ready or Not", on which he duetted with Deniece Williams for their June release, That's What Friends Are For. Reddy also ventures into Beatles territory with their rockabilly number "One After 909" and takes on Jeff Lynne's "Poor Little Fool" with accompaniment in the vein of Electric Light Orchestra. This was her first album that did not reach Billboard's Top LP's & Tapes chart. On February 23, 2010, it was released for the first time on compact disc as one of two albums on one CD, the other album being her 1977 release, Ear Candy.

Young and Wild (album)

Young and Wild is a compilation by Cherie & Marie Currie. This album has all 10 original tracks from Messin' with the Boys, six songs from Beauty's Only Skin Deep, three songs Cherie Currie sang with The Runaways, and one new track co-written by Marie Currie, "Longer Than Forever". "Longer Than Forever" was the B side of the single "Since You Been Gone".Kim Fowley tried to engage in intellectual property infringement by releasing the album without Cherie or Marie's approval. Cherie Currie says on Reality Check TV, Episode #580, that aired 8/17/13, “He (Kim Fowley) stole my Capitol record, (Messin’ with the Boys), and released it in Australia (Young and Wild), when I was re-releasing it (Messin’ with the Boys). He continued to rip me off into my forties.”Cherie Currie recorded "Strawberry Fields" and "Here Comes the Sun" for the film Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, unfortunately, her covers were rejected, and she didn't get a part in the film.

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