Joan Jett and The Blackhearts Bad Reputation Nation

1979 Press Kit, 1995

The following is the original text and photos from Blackheart Record's Press Kit for "1979" sent to media outlets in 1995:

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Joan Jett 1979
Blackheart Records available through Carianne Music.

Personnel:
Joan Jett - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Louie Maxfield - Lead Guitar
Jim Calvert - Lead Guitar
Richard D'Andrea - Bass
Joe Turrisi - Drums
Kenny Laguna - Piano
Backing Vocals - Joan Jett, Kenny Laguna, Rainbow Smith, Peter Anders, Kathy and Karen Fallantine

Producers:
Kenny Laguna and Ritchie Cordell

Recorded:
Studio City, CA - August 1979

Featured tracks:
"You Don't Know What You've Got,"
"I Want You,"
"We're All Crazy Now,"
"What Can I Do For You?"

Biography:

1979 was a transitional year for Joan Jett...The Runaways, the seminal punk rockers and quintessential all-girl band that Jett had formed in 1975, had performed their final concert on December 31, 1978. In early 1979, due to musical differences between the band members, The Runaways broke up.

In the spring of 1979, Toby Mamis, The Runaways' manager at the time, contacted Kenny Laguna, a veteran of many bubble gum hits of the 60s' to write and produce songs with Jett.

Laguna brought in Ritchie Cordell, also a 60s' bubble gum veteran, to co-write and co-produce the tracks.

In August of 1979, Laguna and Cordell flew out to Los Angeles to meet with Jett, and within a few days, had formed the basis for the songs contained on 1979.

Raw, spontaneous (recording only took five days), these tracks are a document of the first sessions of Joan Jett's and Kenny Laguna's prolific fifteen year partnership.

Selections:
You Don't Know What You've Got
(J. Jett/K. Laguna/R. Cordell)

I Want You
(J. Jett/K. Laguna/ R. Cordell)

You Can't Get Me (Acoustic Version)
(J. Jett/K. Laguna)

I'll Never Get Away
(J. Jett/K. Laguna/R. Cordell)

We're All Crazy Now
(J. Jett/K. Laguna/R. Cordell)

What Can I Do For You?
(K. Laguna)

You Can't Get Me (Electric Version)
(J. Jett/K. Laguna)

Limited Edition, out of print. Compact Disc release only.

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