Micki Steele
Michael Steele Born Sue Thomas, the original lead singer of The Runaways changed her name to Micki Steele shortly after joining the band in August 1975, and

later changed her name to Michael Steele and gained fame as a member of The Bangles.

The original line-up of the Runaways, Micki Steele on lead vocals and bass, Joan Jett on guitar, and Sandy West on drums, came about after the band was unable to find a lead guitarist or bass player and Kim Fowley decided that Joan and Micki could assume the chores.

Born to be Bad (1975)(Demo)

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Micki Steele

The Runaways

June 2, 1956
Newport Beach, CA
Joined Runaways
Left Runaways

1975 (After the demo
Born To be Bad)


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After only a short time as an official three-piece band, the Runaways played their first gig at a keg party in a Los Angeles living room, and recorded a five-song demo at Gold Star Studios, a demo which was released in 1991as the CD "Born to be Bad."

After only four months as a Runaway, the band summarily dismissed Micki, replacing her with Cherie Currie and the even shorter-lived Runaways' bassist, Peggy (who was thereafter replaced by Jackie Fox).

Disillusioned with playing in a band, Micki worked in a record shop in L.A., and it wasn't until 1980 that Micki started playing in bands again.

Nothing serious resulted until 1983, when she met the Peterson sisters, who had already formed the all girl group The Bangles, and were looking for a bass player and room mate.

The Bangles, with Micki, now Michael Steele, went on to worldwide success. More information about Micki's Bangles career can be found at http://home.att.net/~BanglesCom/.

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