Cherie Currie

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Cherie Currie

Cherie Currie in 2010
Background information
Birth name Cherie Ann Currie
Born (1959-11-30) November 30, 1959 (age 52)
Encino, California, US
GenresPunk rock
Hard rock
Rock and Roll
Occupations Musician, singer, songwriter, actress, artist
InstrumentsVocals, piano, guitar
Years active 1976–present
Associated actsThe Runaways, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Lita Ford
WebsiteOfficial site
 
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Cherie Currie

Cherie Currie in 2010
Background information
Birth name Cherie Ann Currie
Born (1959-11-30) November 30, 1959 (age 52)
Encino, California, US
GenresPunk rock
Hard rock
Rock and Roll
Occupations Musician, singer, songwriter, actress, artist
InstrumentsVocals, piano, guitar
Years active 1976–present
Associated actsThe Runaways, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Lita Ford
WebsiteOfficial site

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 hard rock band from Los Angeles, in the mid-to-late 1970s.

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Biography

Currie was born to Don Currie and actress Marie Harmon.[1] She was raised in the Encino district of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley. Her brother is Don Currie Jr., and her sisters are actress Sondra Currie and Cherie's twin, Marie Currie.

Career

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".[2]

After three albums with The Runaways, (The Runaways, Queens of Noise, and Live in Japan), Currie went on to record three other albums. She recorded Beauty's Only Skin Deep as a solo artist for Polygram Records. With her twin sister Marie, she recorded Messin' With The Boys for Capitol Records and Young and Wild for Raven. She then worked as an actress, starring in movies such as Foxes, Parasite, Wavelength, Twilight Zone: The Movie, The Rosebud Beach Hotel, Rich Girl, and others, as well as numerous guest spots on TV series (Matlock and Murder She Wrote, among others).

Personal life

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 musical 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 in the 1990s and they had one son together, Jake Hays. They are now divorced.[3]

In 2008, Currie contributed to Carrie Borzillo-Vrenna's book, Cherry Bomb.[4][5]

Currie is now a wood-carving artist who uses a chain saw to create her works.[6]

Currie is putting the finishing touches on a new album, produced by Velvet Revolver drummer and ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum and due out in 2011. This will be Currie's first album since 1980. During an interview with Currie and Sorum on That Metal Show, Sorum revealed that his Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver bandmates Slash and Duff McKagan as well as Smashing Pumpkins vocalist Billy Corgan, who has written and sings a duet with Currie, are also on the album. The rest of the album's lineup was also revealed on the Road Runner website.[7]

Discography

With The Runaways

Studio albums

Live albums

Solo

Studio albums

Filmography

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
1990 Matlock Renee Thorton Two TV episodes: "The Informer: Part 1" and "The Informer: Part 2"
1991 Matlock Betsy Rhodes TV episode: "The Suspect"
Rich Girl Michelle
2005 Edgeplay: A film about The Runaways Herself Film by former Runaways bassist Victory Tischler-Blue documenting The Runaways' musical history.

References

  1. ^ Neon Angel – Interview with The Runaways’ Cherie Currie – Features. Tribute.ca. (2010-03-26) Retrieved on 2011-12-22.
  2. ^ Sunday Times Culture, 25 April 2010
  3. ^ Cherie Currie rocks with biopic. Dailynews.com. (2010-03-19) Retrieved on 2011-12-22.
  4. ^ Lecaro, Lina (2008-07-30). "Cherry Bomb: Carrie Borzillo-Vrenna's Ultimate How-To for Budding Rock Chicks". laweekly.com. http://www.laweekly.com/2008-07-31/music/how-to-be-a-rock-chick-carrie-borzillo-vrenna-offers-first-hand-advice/. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  5. ^ "WHO SAYS COOLNESS CAN’T BE TAUGHT?". skope mag.com. 2008-05-07. http://skopemag.com/2008/05/07/who-says-coolness-cant-be-taught. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  6. ^ Welcome to. Chainsawchick.com. Retrieved on 2011-12-22.
  7. ^ CHERIE CURRIE's New Album To Feature SLASH, DUFF MCKAGAN, BILLY CORGAN – Jan. 20, 2011. www.roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved on 2011-12-22.
  8. ^ Young & Wild: Cherie Currie & Marie: Music. Amazon.com. Retrieved on 2011-12-22.

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