Category: sandy west

The Runaways in Japan

The Runaways, on CHOPPERS


The Runaways 1977

Joan Jett, Cherie Curry, Jackie Fox, Lita Ford and Sandy West

The Runaways backstage at CBGB, August 2 1976, by Richard E. Aaron/Getty

The original power-trio lineup of The Runaways, 1975! Micki Steele (who went on to The Bangles), Sandy West, and Joan Jett!

The Runaways: Lita Ford and Sandy West at record store signing(s). I have no idea if it’s the same one, and I haven’t been able to find anything else about them – but it feels like these belong together. My edits of sources here  and here


The original line-up of the The Runaways, Micki Steele, Sandy West and Joan Jett

Sandy West and Lita Ford in Los Angeles, September 1976. 

It’s easy to forget how VERY young they were sometimes! This was the same month that Lita turned 18, so she might still be 17 here, as Sandy definitely is. Girls, yes, but Queens of Noise!

PS. We rightly talk about Joan Jett first when we talk about The Runaways, and forever shall, but these two are the virtuosos, imo. Lita is still one of the finest shredders on any stage, and Sandy’s influence is still being heard in every drummer of every gender on the glam-metal-punk continuum.

PPS. The dude in stripes to the left of Sandy that we see part of is Rick Derringer of “Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo” fame, and on right, the legendary purveyor of new sounds and general debauchery, Rodney Bingenheimer.

The Runaways, Mk IV (Joan Jett, Vicki Blue, Sandy West, Lita Ford) by Michael Mastro, from their official Twitter.

The Runaways 4th lineup, late 1977 through early 1979: Lita Ford, Joan Jett, Sandy West, and Vicki Blue, by Brad Elterman via photographsofrock