The Runaways movie is all about the music, as it should be. Here’s all 34 songs from the movie with notes on the scenes they were in. The soundtrack album to The Runaways has less than half of the songs from the movie on it and you can only download it as all 15 or nothing. There are great tunes on it – so that’s not as big a deal for this album as for other soundtracks – but why should you have to snag all of them when just a few will do.
I was pleasantly surprised that Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning could pull off Joan Jett and Cherie Currie. When I heard about the casting, I had some serious doubts. But they have chops and I think they pulled it off. In fact, some of the more interesting musical moments of the movie – like the parts where they were hashing out Cherry Bomb in the trailer and performing I Love Playin’ With Fire at the roller rink combined vocals from Stewart and Fanning over the guitar riffs, bass chords and drums of the original Runaways tracks.
The music also just takes you back (before I was listening to music) but songs which I have since grown to love. Bowie in his day, from Lady Grinning Soul to one of my favorites of all time – Rebel Rebel. And you are reminded just how much ass Iggy Pop has been kicking for decade stacked on decade. The beginning of I Wanna Be Your Dog has been sampled like crazy, but it’s so damn good that it should be sampled a million times over. It sounds like it could be cut today.
I was a bit surprised that there wasn’t more from the Sex Pistols or the Ramones, but the story focused early and quick so maybe that would have been at the tail end of the tale.
But I’m not complaining – The Runaways includes an amazing list of 34 songs. It’s a good starter set for anyone looking to rediscover what was a major shift in the musical landscape being born. The soundtrack album has 15 of them, but I would not pass up the 19 that are missing. There is some gold lamé jumpsuit goodness in there.
Here’s the complete list of songs in the order they appeared in the movie and with notes on most of the scenes they were in. There are links to downloads for almost all of them as well.
Opening scene – Roxy Roller – Nick Gilder
Store with the rockabillies – Fujiyama Mama – Wanda Jackson
Running, opening credits – The Wild One – Suzi Quatro
Playing guitar sitting at the fence – The Wild One – Kristen Stewart
Talent show – Lady Grinning Soul – David Bowie
Guitar lesson – Old Smoky – Kristen Stewart
Playing guitar on bathroom floor – It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World – The MC5
Club – Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah) – Gary Glitter
Second song at club – Rebel Rebel – David Bowie
Music playing while on phone – Say It Like You Mean It – The Yo and Flo Orchestra
Garage – I Wanna Be Where the Boys Are – Kristen Stewart, Stella Maeve and Michael Shannon [Runaways version]
(unknown scene) – Wild Thing – Kristen Stewart
Club – Gimme Danger – Iggy & the Stooges
Singing in bedroom – Fever – Peggy Lee
Making up song for Cherie – Cherry Bomb – Dakota Fanning and The Runaways
Jumping cars – Hollywood – The Runaways
Picking up trash – California Paradise – Dakota Fanning
(unknown scene) – You Drive Me Wild – The Runaways
Sound check – Queens of Noise – Kristen Stewart and Stella Maeve
Show – Dead End Justice – Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart
Rainy car song on the radio – Vincent (Starry, Starry Night) – Don McLean
Roller rink – I Love Playin’ With Fire – Kristen Stewart and The Runaways
Kiss – I Wanna Be Your Dog – The Stooges
We got signed – School Days – The Runaways
Sign contract – I Wanna Be Where the Boys Are – The Runaways [Live in Japan version]
Making Sex Pistols t-shirt – Pretty Vacant – Sex Pistols
Trailer – Don’t Abuse Me – Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning [Joan Jett version]
Photographer – Secrets – The Runaways
Plane bathroom – I Want You – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Japan show – Cherry Bomb – The Runaways
Grocery store – Vincent (Starry, Starry Night) – Don McLean
Joan Jett in bath tub – Love is Pain – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
(unknown scene) – C’Mon – The Runaways
Couch and jumping on bed – I Love Rock N Roll – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
After call to the radio – Crimson and Clover – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
End credits – Bad Reputation – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Second end credits – Love is Pain – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts