I took a sick day on Thursday and went out to The Runaways showing. The real Cherrie Currie was actually there in person to do a Q and A session after the viewing. It was an interesting picture but it really portrayed how much of a product the band was. They have Kim Fowler managing them and he's all like "I've got to get you girls thinking with your cocks!" He had no interest in them gaining a female audience, it was all about impressing "the guys" and I am a guy by the way. It really made it seem like the girls were doing things because him/the industry was telling them to rather than by their on volition. It took away their credibility made them seem less like artists. That element to me was kind of upsetting and I wonder if it is to Cherrie as well. Of course I could have asked her but I hadn't thought this thing through thoroughly yet and am still mulling it over.
It made me want to see something about riot grrrl bands that were influenced by The Runaways like Bikini Kill or Bratmobile. Is it wrong for me to want to see some anti-commercialism in a highly commercialized movie?
Also, until after the viewing, I had no idea that she married Ted Striker. Striker Striker Striker.
Who's making noise in and around Madison? What's new in the business of making music around town? Review shows and CDs here. Please keep all hype in Hype Exchange.
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