Joan Jett and The Blackhearts Bad Reputation Nation

April 2005 News

Page updated on April 30, 2005
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She Loves Rock and Roll
from: Bradenton Herald
by Wade Tatangelo

She loves rock and roll, cherry bombs, her bad reputation and black leather, but hates fake friends, little liars and herself for loving you.

Yes, we're talking about JOAN JETT, the singer/songwriter/guitarist and great interpreter of classics such as "Crimson and Clover" and "Roadrunner" who has been a female rock icon for more than two decades.

From her sex kitten days spent singing "Cherry Bomb" with the RUNAWAYS to BLACKHEARTS-era anthems such as "I Love Rock and Roll" and "I Hate Myself for Loving You," Jett has surely earned the right to be called the original riot grrl.

THE GITS Documentary to Premier At Seattle International Film Festival

Seattle punk-rock band THE GITS, whose lead singer, Mia Zapata, was murdered in 1993, are the subject of a new documentary, "The Gits Movie", which is scheduled to premier on Friday, May 28 at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) at the Egyptian Theater on Capitol Hill. There will be a second screening on Monday, May 30. In August, "The Gits Movie" will screen at the Don't Knock the Rock music and alternative culture festival in Los Angeles.

Commented THE GITS drummer Steve Moriarty: "It's hard to believe that we began work on the documentary about THE GITS nearly three years ago. That was long before the detectives ever made the DNA match to the psychopath who killed Mia. During the course of making the film, the man was arrested, brought to trial in Seattle, convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to 36 and a third years in state prison. It became difficult to finish the film as our story kept unfolding before us. The film is about the music, us as individuals, and our community in the time of a crisis. It is not a rock and roll movie, an obituary or a glamorous murder mystery."

Zapata was killed a few days after THE GITS returned to Seattle after a tour of the West Coast. She was lead singer and wrote lyrics for the band, who were making a name for themselves with songs filled with raw emotion.

Interpunk Top 40 Countdown - April 24, 2005
from: The Eyeliners

Hey Jettheads!
Thanks for your support, you helped make us #1 !!

-The Eyeliners

1. The Eyeliners "Destroy" 512
2. Strung Out "Cult Of Subterranean" 447
3. The Delegates "Something Wrong" 288
4. The Fight "Can't Be Bothered" 275
5. Motion City Soundtrack "My Favorite Accident" 182
6. Choking Victim "Infested" 168
7. The Vandals "My Girlfriend's Dead" 166
8. The Eddie Haskells "Dumpster Divin'" 142
9. Down By Law "Gruesome Gary" 105
10. Lars Frederiksen And The Bastards "Dead American" 94


WXRK (K-Rock) touts the station's new playlist as "Great Rock Period." Now playing rock from the 70's, 80's and 90's, they are asking listeners to fill out an online survey about their musical preferences, stating "If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem."

Let's help them play JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS!! Request line: 212-246-5762

Radio Revolution available through

Jettheads can listen to Joan’s radio show, "Radio Revolution" on Sirius by streaming through If you're already a subscriber to Sirius, you need to enter in your e-mail and login info.

Not a subscriber to Sirius? Then you may sign up as a guest for a 3-day trial password. If you decide to pick up the subscription, you can still listen to Joan through your computer.

The response to Joan's radio show, "Radio Revolution" has been great! Keep listening to Joan on The Underground Garage on Sirius Radio channel 25.

Call the listener line at 877-33-SIRIUS and let them know what you think.

Joan's show is Saturdays from 3-7 pm ET and Sundays from 7-11 pm ET

She Loves Rock & Roll, JOAN JETT signs the Vacancies
by D.X. Ferris

Rock icon JOAN JETT has signed Cleveland's Vacancies to her BLACKHEART RECORDS, a longstanding indie label with major distribution, whose catalog includes Jett, the Eyeliners, the Chemical Brothers, and Big Daddy Kane.

"The Vacancies are an incredible live band," says Jett. "They have great songs with excellent lyrics that apply to people's everyday lives."

The Vacancies met Jett after she heard their 2002 Gutpunch CD and chose them to open for her in Cleveland and Cincinnati. The Cleveland show fell through when drummer Sean Watkins left, but the band regrouped for the Cincinnati concert, adding skinsman Angelo Merendino and leaving a good impression. Jett kept in touch and eventually offered the band a modest one-album deal that will pay off later if it works out and won't create a debt if it doesn't.
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