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Featured Artist - JOAN JETT
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By playing pure and simple rock & roll without making an explicit issue of her gender, Joan Jett became a figurehead for several generations of female rockers. Jett's brand of rock & roll is loud and stripped-down, yet with overpowering hooks -- a combination of  the Stones' tough, sinewy image and beat, AC/DC chords, and glam rock hooks. As the numerous covers she has recorded show, she adheres both to rock tradition and breaks with it -- she plays classic three-chord rock & roll, yet she also loves the trashy elements (in particular, Gary Glitter) of it as well, and she plays with a defiant sneer. From her first band, the Runaways, through her hit-making days in the '80s with the Blackhearts right until her unexpected revival in the '90s, she hasn't changed her music, yet she's kept her quality control high, making one classic single ("I Love Rock 'n Roll") along the way.

Jett was born in Philadelphia, PA; her family moved to Los Angeles when she was 12 years old. By the time she was 15, she had formed her first band and was performing around town. Kim Fowley, a Los Angeles record producer, discovered the band at one of their gigs and became their manager; soon, he renamed the all-female group the Runaways and secured them a contract with Mercury Records. The band released three albums that never had much commercial success in America, yet were very popular in Japan; the group was popular in both the Los Angeles hard rock and punk scenes, which led to Jett's production of  the Germs' first record, (GI)The Runaways group broke up in 1980 and Jett moved to New York to begin a solo career.
 
Teaming up with producer/manager Kenny LagunaJett independently released her self-titled debut album in 1980 in America, since no labels were interested in signing her. The record was a more traditional rock & roll record than the punky Runaways, yet it retained her previous band's defiant attitude. The record sold very well for an independent release, leading to a contract with Boardwalk Records, who reissued the album under the title Bad Reputation; it soon climbed to number 51 on the American charts.
 
Jett formed the Blackhearts between Bad Reputation and her second album, 1981's I Love Rock-n-Roll; the group included guitarist Ricky Byrd, bassist Gary Ryan, and drummer Lee Crystal. Released at the end of 1981, I Love Rock-n-Roll became her greatest success, sending her into the Top Ten. Originally the B-side of an Arrows single, the title track was an enormous success, spending seven weeks at number one in the spring of 1982. The follow-up single, a version of Tommy James & the Shondells' "Crimson and Clover," went Top Ten as well; a single of Gary Glitter's "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)," taken from the Bad Reputation album, reached number 20 in the summer of 1982. Album, released in 1983, went gold yet had no hits that compared with either "I Love Rock 'n Roll" or "Crimson and Clover."
 
Jett starred in Paul Schrader's 1987 film Light of Day, which featured the Top 40 title song, yet she didn't have another Top Ten hit until 1988, when "I Hate Myself for Loving You," taken from the Up Your Alley album, hit number eight; the album became her second platinum record. After the album's success, her career had another slow period, with 1990's all-covers album The Hit List making it to number 36 and 1991's Notorious failing to chart. Between Notoriousand 1994's Pure and Simple, a new generation of female rockers came of age and everyone from hard alternative rockers like L7 to the minimalist, riot grrrl punk rockers like Bikini Kill claimed Jett and the Runaways as an influence. As a consequence, Pure and Simple received more press and positive reviews than any of her albums since the mid-'80s. In 1995, Jett recorded the live album Evilstig with the remaining members of the Gits, a Seattle punk rock band whose lead singer, Mia Zapata, was raped and murdered in 1993. Jett reunited with the Blackhearts for the 1999 album Fetish, and in 2006 Sinner, a return to her punk roots (and ten of whose 14 songs were found on the 2004 Japanese-only record Naked), came out.

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/joan-jett-mn0000137173

| Closed on 08/21/13 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
13 Fans 
0%a. 10 (Love her music)
31%b. 7-9 (Liked most of her stuff)
62%c. 5-6 (Liked a few songs)
0%d. 1-4 (No interest / Never heard of her)
8%e. TERRIBLE!

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#6 | 397 days ago

Saw her in concert waaay back when, loved her.....
7-9 (Liked most of her stuff)  
  
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#1 | 397 days ago
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Pink is the newer version of Joan Jett!   Not the music, but the whole persona!  Joan Jett was a badass chick back in the day just as Pink has become over the past 10 yrs.

If I were to guess, I would say that JESS loves JOAN JETT?   cool yes

I was never really a fan of hers except for a few songs:

Do You Wanna Touch Me  - bad ass song!  yes


I Hate Myself for Loving You - another bad ass song! yes


I love Rock N Roll - one of my fave songs when I was 13yrs old (thank GOD I never saw the video back then - yuck)


Crimson & Clover - not a fan of the ballads, but, back in the day, this was a pretty popular song
5-6 (Liked a few songs)  
#2 | 397 days ago

Can't remeber the name of the movie she was in, but I believe she was Michael J. Fox's on-screen sister.
7-9 (Liked most of her stuff)  
#3 | 397 days ago

i find her annoying, at best
5-6 (Liked a few songs)  
#4 | 397 days ago

huskerdoug2009 wrote:
Can't remeber the name of the movie she was in, but I believe she was Michael J. Fox's on-screen sister.
Light of Day (1987) Poster
7-9 (Liked most of her stuff)  
#5 | 397 days ago

I don't care what type of body you have, but if she had bigger boobs...WOW!!
7-9 (Liked most of her stuff)  
#6 | 397 days ago

Saw her in concert waaay back when, loved her.....
7-9 (Liked most of her stuff)  
#7 | 392 days ago

She was a Runaway with a "Bad Reputation"

5-6 (Liked a few songs)  
#8 | 384 days ago

She was OK...saw her in concert 8/20/83 in Philly, with then unknown R.E.M., Madness and the Police.  It was 100 degrees with about 80% humidity at an outdoor venue....needless to say, her 1/2 hour of playing time was TOO long!
5-6 (Liked a few songs)  

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