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Cherie Currie releases her brand new album on ITunes (click here: https://itunes.apple.com/album/id976269503 March 2015
and is the first album she has done in over 35 years
which features Kim Fowley on 4 tracks and Lita Ford on 3.

Produced by Jake Hays
Mixed and Mastered by Brant Biles
Mixed at Alchemy Audio Post, Los Angeles CA
Album cover artwork, Timothy Garrett

 

The tracks recorded at Felix Vinyl Studios, Agoura Hills, CA with Kim Fowley as co-producer are:
I'm Happy, Queens of the Asphalt Jungle, Dark Worlds, and Inner you They were engineered by Mike Wolf at Studio 5109, Los Angeles, CA. recorded at Studio 5109, Los Angeles, CA (additional tracking at Felix Vinyl Studios).

"Reverie"
Produced by Jake Hays
Mixed and Mastered by Brant Biles
Mixed at Alchemy Audio Post, Los Angeles CA
Front cover artwork by Timothy Garrett
The tracks with pre-production recorded and engineered by Mike Wolf at Studio 5109, Los Angeles, CA with Kim Fowley as co-producer are: I'm Happy, Queen of the Asphalt Jungle, Dark World, and Inner You. All other tracking recorded and engineered by Jake Hays at Felix Vinyl Studios, Agoura Hills, CA).
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1) Reverie: Written by Jake Hays and Cherie Currie
- Cherie Currie: Vocals
- Jake Hays: Drums/Bass/Guitars/Keyboards/MIDI Programming
- Brant Biles: Additional Guitars

2) Inner You: Written by Kim Fowley, Jake Hays and Cherie Currie
- Jake Hays: Drums/Bass/Guitars/Keyboards/Strings/Percussion/Background Vocals
- Cherie Currie: Vocals
- Cliff Retallick: Piano/Keyboards/Background vocals
- Nick Maybury: Lead Guitar
- Elizabeth Aston: Background Vocals

3) Is It Day Or Night?: Written by Kim Fowley
- Jake Hays: Guitar/Drums/Percussion
- Nick Maybury: Lead Guitars
- Grant Fitzpatrick: Bass
- Cherie Currie: Vocals
- Lita Ford: Vocals

4) Shades of Me: Written by Jake Hays and Cherie Currie
- Jake Hays: Vocals/Drums/Bass/Guitars/Lead Guitars/Keyboards/Percussion
- Cherie Currie: Vocals
- Mitch Perry: Slide Guitar

5) Queen of the Asphalt Jungle: Written by Kim Fowley, Jake Hays and Cherie Currie
- Jake Hays: Guitars/Bass/Drums/Background Vocals
- Nick Maybury: Guitars
- Cliff Retallick: Piano/Background Vocals

6) American Nights: Written by Kim Fowley
- Jake Hays: Drums/Background Vocals/Percussion/Claps
- Nick Maybury: Guitars
- Grant Fitzpatrick: Bass
- Cherie Currie: Vocals/Claps
- Lita Ford: Vocals
- Patrick Golenberg: Background Vocals
- Nick Bral: Background Vocals

7) Dark World: Written by Kim Fowley, Jake Hays and Cherie Currie
- Jake Hays: Guitars/Bass/Drums/Background Vocals/Percussion
- Cherie Currie: Vocals
- Lita Ford: Background Vocals
- Nick Maybury: Lead Guitars
- Cliff Retallick: Keyboards
- Mike Wolf: Violin

8) Believe: Written by Cherie Currie and Jake Hays
- Jake Hays: Drums/Bass/Guitars/Lead Guitar/Keyboards/Strings/Percussion
- Cherie Currie: Vocals
- Mickey Miller: Guitars/Background Vocals/Percussion
- Jonathan Barrick Griffiths: Orchestral Arrangement and French Horn

9) I'm Happy: Written by Kim Fowley, Cliff Retallick and Cherie Currie
- Jake Hays: Guitars/Bass/Drums/Background Vocals/Percussion
- Nick Maybury: Guitars
- Cliff Retallick: Piano/Keyboards/Background Vocals
- Cherie Currie: Vocals
- Elizabeth Aston: Background Vocals

10) Another Dream: Written by Cherie Currie and Jake Hays
- Jake Hays: Drums/Bass/Guitars/Keyboards/Strings/Percussion
- Cherie Currie: Vocals/String Arrangements

 

Cherie Currie on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CherieCurrieOfficial?fref=ts

Follow Cherie on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/CherieCurrie3

Learn more about Cherie and her chainsaw carving here: http://www.chainsawchick.com/about.html

Click here to watch the "Queens of Noise" in-studio piece with Matt Sorum, The Veronicas, Brody Dalle and Juliette Lewis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwUR3OpOKog&sns=fb

 

 

BIO

Cherie Currie's extraordinary life reads like fiction. From a teenage rock star to becoming an accomplished Chainsaw Carving artist, Cherie has always taken the road less traveled.

 

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Cherie Currie was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, where she spent her early teenage years living the Southern California lifestyle with skateboarding and surfing being her pastimes of choice. Cherie would regularly sneak out to Paradise Cove to catch the waves on her eight-foot, blue and yellow gun board. Cherie describes her life at this time as “about as Ozzie & Harriet as it comes.” However, soon the idyllic existence ended with the demise of her parent’s marriage.

After the divorce, Cherie’s mother, a former Republic Studios contract actor, remarried and moved to Indonesia, taking Cherie’s younger brother Don with her. Cherie and her twin sister Marie moved in with their Aunt Evie, their Grandmother, Onie and their father, Don.

Inspired by the music and image of David Bowie, Cherie found an escape and a raison d'être in rock & roll. The twins began frequenting the Sugar Shack, a club for teens in North Hollywood, which played all the hottest glam rock cuts coming out of the UK. It was there, where she met producer and manager Kim Fowley and a young guitarist named Joan Jett, who also frequented the club. They were searching for a lead singer for the all-female rock band they were forming, which then consisted of Joan Jett on guitar and Sandy West on drums, and was called The Runaways.

“Kim walked up to me and asked if I had heard of The Runaways and I had,” she recalls. “Joan was there, and I was kind of star-struck, and Kim goes, ‘We really like your look.’”

Cherie was asked to learn a Suzi Quatro song for her audition, but when she arrived to the audition with "Fever", a Peggy Lee original (which Quatro had covered), the band would not play the song. Unable to agree on a suitable alternate song, Joan and Kim wrote an impromptu audition piece, the chorus and title being a play on words referring to Cherie’s name and "cherry blonde bombshell" good looks. "Cherry Bomb" became one of The Runaways signature songs, and still stands today as a universal anthem for teenage rebellion.

 

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Cherie was just 15 when she became The Runaways lead singer. “I was thrust into fronting a band. I’d never really sang; I’d never been on a stage with a live band,” says Cherie. “It was like being in the center of a hurricane, everything was moving so fast.” Within a month of Cherie joining The Runaways, the band secured a deal with Mercury Records. Two weeks later they were in the studio recording their self-titled first album.

The Runaways faced opposition and criticism simply because they were unlike anything the world had seen before. They were a teenage all-girl band, which people hoped to dismiss, however, they delivered – technically and creatively – with maturity well beyond their years. With the triple threat of talent, self assured sexuality, and style, The Runaways rocked as hard, if not harder, than the men in the male-dominated rock world. Their provocative image, which was augmented by the outrageous fishnets and corset Cherie wore for “Cherry Bomb,” would lay the groundwork for pop star fashion we still see today.

The release of their debut album in 1976 was followed by a national tour across America. During this time, the girls headlined bills over legendary bands such as Cheap Trick, Van Halen, Tom Petty, and The Ramones. By the time their sophomore album, Queens of Noise (1977), was released, The Runaways’ legend had gone international.

The band embarked on an international tour of Europe and then ultimately Japan, where Runaways mania had reached a fever pitch, as they were the fourth most popular international act there behind Led Zeppelin, ABBA, and Kiss.

Drained by their non-stop schedule, overworked, and underpaid, the already fractured and fragile group began to fall apart. A Live In Japan album was released as a coda to the tour. It was the last full-length release to feature the original Runaways lineup. Cherie left soon after the band’s return to the US.

She went on to record an album with her sister, Marie, on Capitol Records, entitled Messin’ With The Boys in 1980.

During that same year, another of Cherie’s many talents took center stage. She was cast opposite Jodie Foster in Foxes, a coming-of-age movie, set in the San Fernando Valley, where she played Annie, a teenage runaway, dabbling with substance abuse to cope with the scars inflicted by an abusive father.

Cherie got excellent notices for her acting in Foxes, which led to more roles in film (Wavelength with Robert Carradine, Parasite with Demi Moore and, Twilight Zone: The Movie with Dan Aykroyd) and TV (Murder She Wrote and Matlock).

Cherie recounted the story of her incredible ups and downs, dealing with success, as well as with her struggles with addiction, in her 1989 autobiography, Neon Angel: The Cherie Currie Story. Cherie was forced to leave much of the more salacious moments of her story out, as the book had been written specifically for the young adult market.

Cherie set out to tell the story of her incredible journey again, this time, leaving no detail censored.

 

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Cherie showed the new manuscript to Joan Jett’s longtime collaborator, producer and partner in Blackheart Records, Kenny Laguna. He had been a close friend for many years and offered to shop it for a book deal. In the process of doing so, he ended up securing a film deal, which is now The Runaways, which stars Dakota Fanning as Cherie and Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett. The Runaways film slated for release, March 19, 2010, is produced by Linson Entertainment (Into the Wild, Heat, Great Expectations, Lords of Dogtown) and River Road (Brokeback Mountain, Into the Wild) and distributed by Apparition Entertainment. Cherie says of her time on set with Dakota, "It’s kind of hard to explain, but it’s very surreal when you see someone like Dakota Fanning on set. She’s so gifted. I still do this day have a hard time believing how lucky I have been in this life to have one of my favorite actresses portraying me.”

One of the most enjoyable parts for Cherie was having the chance to get back in the studio with Joan to re-create The Runaways’ music for the film. “We really had a treat with this movie because we hadn’t been in a studio together since 1977,” she says.

 

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“I didn’t realize how good that band was until the last ten years. We didn’t have a chance to breathe and look at what we were really doing and the impact, the foundation we were laying for countless girls and women we would open doors for. But everyone was pitting us against each other, keeping us on edge all the time. We never had a fighting chance.” In 2002, Cherie decided to pick up a chainsaw and has become an award winning artist, competing and winning in chainsaw championships and making it her career out of the spotlight.

Cherie also got her wish, with her new book, Neon Angel-A Memoir of a Runaway. The book is being published by IT Books/ HarperCollins Publishers and hits stores March 16, 2010 to coincide with the release of the film. The Runaways, the film, is based on Cherie's, Neon Angel-A Memoir of a Runaway (It Books/HarperCollins).

In late 2014, Kim Fowley contacted Cherie to see if she would be interested in making an album. Fowley had been battling cancer for many years and the two 'buried the hatchet' of her teenaged past and was thrilled at the prospect to come full circle and work with Kim again. Within weeks they were writing songs, but this time she had brought her son, Jake Hays, 23, an accomplished musician in his own right who had toured with his mom and had just signed a record deal for his own band Maudlin Strangers. Within five days they were in the studio with Kim Fowley at the helm, but by day four Kim was too ill to continue and passed the task of completing the album "Reverie" onto Jake Hays.

As Jake and Cherie worked to finish the album, Cherie also brought Kim into her home and cared for him, but sadly, Kim died a month before the album was finished.
"My most cherished memories are the days when Kim were here at my home." Currie said. "I just wish he could have heard the finished product. I know he would be proud".

 

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NEON ANGEL
A Memoir of a Runaway
By Cherie Currie with Tony O’Neill

“Neon Angel is a chronicle of a AMAZING journey—the story of a remarkable woman, who has an uncanny knack of reinventing herself—from singer, to actor, to drug counselor, to physical trainer, to mom, to author, to painter, to chainsaw carver . . . While excelling at every turn, Cherie has also exhibited an ironic flair for finding herself in dramatic situations.” — Joan Jett

Cherie Currie was only fifteen when she became the lead singer of The Runaways, the now legendary teenage punk band that would quickly become the first all-girl rock group with platinum album sales. Thrust into the international limelight, Currie was soon living the highs and lows that characterize the glamorous and decadent rock star lifestyle. In her nakedly candid memoir, NEON ANGEL: A Memoir of a Runaway (It Books/An Imprint of HarperCollins; Hardcover; On sale: March 16, 2010; $24.99), the iconic singer who band mate Joan Jett has called “a little tough, a lot nasty” chronicles the band’s meteoric rise, its sudden fame and premature crash, and her own subsequent struggle to reclaim her life.

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NEON ANGEL is both a story of girl empowerment and a darker tale of the price of early fame. Currie was just a teenager from Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley when she was discovered by Joan Jett and Kim Fowley and won the coveted gig as lead singer for their band, The Runaways. At her audition, Jett and Fowley dashed off a song for her to sing, and “Cherry Bomb”—a coy play on Currie’s first name—became a worldwide hit of teen rebellion. In no time, the band rose from playing in LA clubs to selling out stadiums on their first US tour. Currie electrified audiences singing hits like “California Paradise,” “Cherry Bomb,” “Thunder,” “Secrets,” and her unique stage persona and fashion style—exemplified by her signature Bowie-inspired haircut and fishnet stockings—has influenced many of the artists who came after, from Madonna to Lady Gaga.

Currie’s story exposes the side of the music industry that fans rarely get to see. Riding high, Currie and her band mates—Jett, Lita Ford on guitar, and Sandy West on drums—encountered predatory men who were not necessarily looking out for their best interests. On the road, unsupervised for months at a time, she grew up fast and experienced things that no teenage girl should—drugs, rape, violence. At an incredibly young age, Currie found herself on the edge of a complete drug-and-alcohol breakdown. The Runaways would ultimately fall apart, and Currie would lose almost everything during her descent into drug abuse. But her amazing resilience got her back on the long, hard road to recovery—an ongoing journey of three decades.

 

 

 

 

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While a memoir of survival, NEON ANGEL is also a celebration of a singular time in rock culture. Currie supplies a vivid portrait filled with untold anecdotes from an amazing time in punk rock. The Runaways headlined shows with such opening acts as the Ramones, Van Halen, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Cheap Trick, and Blondie. They played at the legendary CBGBs, and took part in the London punk scene, hanging out with The Sex Pistols.

Currie’s story has come full-circle. With the help of multi-platinum hit songwriter and producer Kenny Laguna, NEON ANGEL has been made into the feature film, The Runaways—starring Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds, New Moon, The Secret Lives of Bees) as Currie, and Kristen Stewart (Twilight, New Moon, Into The Wild, Panic Room) playing Joan Jett. The Runaways also stars Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) as manager Kim Fowley, and Oscar winner Tatum O'Neal as Cherie’s mother.

The Runaways movie is schedule to hit theaters nationwide March 19, 2010.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cherie Currie rocketed to rock and roll stardom when she joined The Runaways at the young age of 15. She has been described as “the lost daughter of Iggy Pop and Brigitte Bardot.” Shortly after the band's demise, the rock star landed a coveted role in the Jodi Foster movie Foxes, and later went on to appear in the films Wavelength with Robert Carradine, Parasite with Demi Moore, and Twilight Zone: The Movie, with Dan Aykroyd.

Currie is still performing, writing, and acting, and she continues to take on unorthodox endeavors. One of the most prominent chainsaw carvers in the world, Cherie placed in two major competitions in 2005.

Visit: www.CherieCurrie.com and www.TheRunaways.com

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NEON ANGEL: A Memoir of a Runaway
By Cherie Currie with Tony O’Neill

It Books/An Imprint of HarperCollins
Hardcover; On sale: March 16, 2010
ISBN: 9780061961359
Price: $24.99/398pp