Weymouth: “They were 16-year-old kids who wrote their own songs and put together their own thing. Kim Foley was a wonderful manager. He was kind of their Malcolm McLaren. He took a lot of the credit, but he didn’t put them together – they put themselves together.
“They were a really cool bunch of girls. They got into the same trouble as the Sex Pistols with drugs and fame coming too fast. Even though I admire The Sex Pistols, I always wonder why they got so much acclaim and The Runaways were overlooked. Some people might say they weren’t punk, but they played CBGBs in 1975, the same year it was all happening. That’s punk.
“People don’t realize how difficult it was for The Runaways to do what they did. Just to be a girl and go into a guitar store can be hard. To this day, I’ll go into a music store to buy some cords, and the people will say to Chris, ‘Does she know what she’s doing?’
“They were incredibly brave. To be saying ‘I’m your cherry bomb’ at a time when virginity was still a very big deal with people, that took some guts. The Runaways were quite important.”