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THE CHERIE CURRIE CHAINSAW MASSACRE

Cherie Currie with Echo chainsaw

Now what was even stranger, I realized that this was some kind of sign...not only was that academic chick absolutely correct in her chainsaw/horror theory (I know, I know...it's not really proof because Cherie actually uses the chainsaw to create things of beauty while in the slasher movies the guys use the chainsaw to destroy flesh...but that's the way my mind works, okay?), but now I had to read the f***g book just to solve the mystery of why women & chainsaws seem so culturally connected.

And then, as I read through Cherie's info even further, I almost lose it. .....Holy shit, where have I been?  Of course!  She's the pretty blonde from that punk band, the Runaways, & I actually liked that first album when it came out, even reviewed the damn thing, and played it over & over.  But I guess I lost track...never really heard Joan Jett or anymore Runaway albums...but then had to admit that the only reason I played that album in the first place when it came in the mail via aforementioned record service in the ‘70s was because I had an immediate crush on CHERIE CURRIE.  (Hey, come on, gimme a break...you can see why.)

Those of you more up on rock history than me know that Cherie was the lead singer of the Runaways, and on the band's debut album on Mercury in 1976, the first track on the album was called "Cherry Bomb," which was indeed referring to our beloved Cherie. The track was actually created off the cuff because Cherie was told to prepare a song that sounded like Suzi Quatro, but she picked one the band didn't like.  And so, the other charming band members made the "Cherry Bomb" song up to make fun of Cherie.

Feeling a bit moved & nostalgic by all this synchronicity (and, believe me, I hate the Police, so I don't like when this kind of stuff happens), I pulled out the Runaways first album, and started playing it.  I actually even got the courage up to re-re

ad words I had written in some old tattered issue of a long-forgotten magazine named after jizm:  "The Runaways' album can easily be earmarked right alongside the first Stooges record in its expression of teenage passions, its slurring of lyrics into pouting mono-syllables, and its final call to dance to that punk-rock vision." And lots more great stuff in the review, too...on & on about what a great band these young ladies were and how they'd change the world blah blah blah....

I felt kind of lost & alone in this weird experience, so I wrote a short but respectful email to Cherie via Facebook (she is, after all, supposedly a friend) asking her why she made the move to chainsaws after being a punker for so long.  But I ain't heard from her yet.

On the surface, it makes sense to me that she's into chainsaws, but I wanted to hear her side of things.  Maybe it all has something to do with gender studies or something, but I don't think so.