Main Man Records has issued the following statement in response to the press reports that Joan Jett and her former RUNAWAYS bandmate Cherie Currie have filed a lawsuit to try to stop the June 28 release of the RUNAWAYS tribute album “Take It Or Leave It: A Tribute To The Queens Of Noise”:
“Thirty six bands have donated their recordings of songs to this project, partly in tribute to a band that has influenced and entertained them all, but also with the hope of raising funds for cancer research. The American Institute for Cancer Research are in full support of our efforts and Main Man Records will be donating our net proceeds in memory of Sandy West who lost her battle with the disease in 2006.
“There are more than one hundred artists in total involved in this tribute; a project that was made with the best of intentions.
“As with Main Man Records‘ previous tribute releases, the writers of all the songs will be paid as the publishing has been appropriately secured.
“It is true that several people at Main Man have worked for, performed with and counted as friends, members of THE RUNAWAYS, which only added to our dedication to the integrity of this tribute.
“Our presentation of the project has not focused on anyone in particular, but the excellence of the band as a whole.
“We find it terribly sad that a great, charitable record of rock songs honoring five legends could be deemed possibly sullying anyone’s image, and hope that the record will be received by music fans in the spirit in which it was intended.
“Main Man Records has not been contacted, served with a complaint or any legal papers and are not in a position to address these claims, but we will vigorously defend ourselves in this matter.”
Jett and Currie claim in the lawsuit that the Main Man Records label used their names to promote the album without their permission and that a Main Man employee who once worked at Jett‘s record label used that connection to imply the project had her blessing. The duo’s lawyer, Oren J. Warshavsky, tells The Associated Press, “This isn’t about money. This is strictly about preserving reputation and quality that both Joan and Cherie are known for.”
“Take It Or Leave It: A Tribute To The Original Queens of Noise: The Runaways” features 36 tracks and over two hours of music which spans the entire RUNAWAYS catalog. Their best-known songs like “Cherry Bomb”, “Queens of Noise” and “California Paradise” are all represented as well as obscure fan favorites like “Dead End Justice”, “Born To Be Bad” and “Yesterday’s Kids”.
“Take It Or Leave It: A Tribute To The Original Queens of Noise, The Runaways” track listing:
01. THE DONNAS – “Queens of Noise
02. SHONEN KNIFE – “Black Leather
03. THE BINGES – “I Love Playin’ With Fire
04. BEBE BUELL BAND – “Heartbeat
05. DEENA THE LAUGHING BOYS – “Lovers
06. FRANKENSTEIN 3000 – “California Paradise
07. DELIRIUM TREMENS – “Wasted
08. RICHIE SCARLET – “Wild Thing
09. BLUE FOX – “Neon Angels On The Road To Ruin
10. THE EASY OUTS Featuring THE DOUGHBOYS’ GAR FRANCIS – “Is It Day Or Night
11. LAURA WARSHAUER – “Little Lost Girls
12. WHITE FLAG – “C’mon
13. CALI GIRAFFES Featuring THE FASTBACK’s KIM WARNICK – “You’re Too Possessive
14. TARA ELLIOTT THE RED VELVETS – “You Drive Me Wild
15. PLANET SORROW – “Thunder
16. ROBBIE RIST – “Yesterday’s Kids
17. SERPENTEENS – “Little Sister
18. THE ADOLESCENTS – “School Days
19. BLUE FOX Featuring SANDY WEST – “Dirty Magazines
20. THE DANDY WARHOLS – “Cherry Bomb
21. RICHARD BARONE – “Hollywood
22. CARE BEARS ON FIRE Featuring EARL SLICK – “Saturday Night Special
23. DERWOOD ANDREWS – “Gotta Get Out Tonight
24. DAVID JOHANSEN – “Blackmail
25. THE RIBEYE BROTHERS – “Trash Can Murders
26. DIGGER PHELPS – “Rock N’ Roll
27. TOILET BOYS – “Born To Be Bad
28. THE SWALES – “Midnight Music
29. FRANKENSTEIN 3000 Featuring CHERIE CURRIE – “American Nights
30. F-13 – “I Wanna Be Where The Boys Are
31. THE STAY AT HOMES – “Gettin’ Hot
32. KITTIE – “Fantasies
33. STARZ – “Waitin’ For The Night
34. JACK BRAG – “Secrets
35. CLINICAL TRIALS – “Don’t Go Away
36. KATHLEEN HANNA, PEACHES AD-ROCK – “Dead End Justice