Joan Jett and The Blackhearts Bad Reputation Nation

October 2006 News

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JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS @ Irving: Put Another Dime in the Jukebox Baby

Click to enlarge It's time for me to play catch up with all the shows I've seen these past two weeks. I have been busy running around the city with a friend visiting the city. We've been organising an art exhibition that is going to blow your socks off, so watch out.

Last Sunday night, I had the immense privilege of seeing JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS perform at Irving Plaza. When I heard confirmation that I was on the BLACKHEARTS list I jumped up from my chair with glee. Now this was something exciting. JOAN JETT has been a favourite of mine since high school when I first saw her perform at the Vanderbilt in Plainview, Long Island. It was the first concert I had ever been to and I just couldn't believe how awesome the experience was. I went with my younger sister and we both jumped into the crowd, pumped our fists in the air and screamed along to 'Cherry Bomb' amongst a sea of black leather and tattoos.

Now eight years later, there I was at Irving Plaza with a pass stuck on my jeans allowing me access to the after show party where I could meet the legendary woman who first drew me into the world of music.


After 30 years, JOAN JETT won't be grounded

Click to enlarge Quick, name this band:

They pounded the club circuit for years and released their first album independently.

They scored a breakthrough single and signed to a major label. This summer they played sold-out shows at small clubs in New York, including the now-shuttered CBGB's and were one of the headliners on the Vans Warped Tour.

It's JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, a group that's been around since the early 1980s. But doesn't Jett's bio sound like that of so many younger bands? At 48, Jett is at least twice the age of the kids she's playing to (and with), but in some ways she fits right in.


JOAN JETT sets a punk power mood in Chi-town
from: Midwest Beat Magazine

Click to enlarge Venue: The Vic Theatre
Date: October 26, 2006

Chicago loves good rock-n-roll and Chicago loves JOAN JETT. Joan and her band The BLACKHEARTS are currently on a fall tour promoting their new album called SINNER.

The band ran out on stage and took their positions as they kicked off the night with the power rock hit Bad Reputation. The BLACKHEARTS are THOMMY PRICE on drums, Enzo Fender on bass, and DOUGIE NEEDLES on lead guitar. Joan dressed in a black vest with black leather pants with guitar in hand, seemed excited and tore through the night performing her classic hits and throwing in new songs from SINNER. After her first song Joan painfully informed The Vic Theatre crowd that her former band mate and friend Sandy West, who helped formed the all female punk-rock band The RUNAWAYS when they were teens, passed on after a long battle with lung cancer, and the show would be dedicated to her. With her energy returning, the band powered through Cherry Bomb, which was a hit for The RUNAWAYS. The band also performed classic Jett hits like I Hate Myself for Loving You, Crimson and Clover, Love is Pain, and the biggest hit of her career, I Love Rock n Roll.

Joan also performed songs off SINNER. Naked and Five received great response from the audience. But Change the World, a new original song from Joan, has got to be one of the best songs performed during the night. Joan roared "I dare ya are ya scared?" "It’s time we stop all the hatin." "Let’s start today." "Go find a way." "To change the world."


Jett still enjoys her bad reputation

Click to enlarge Is JOAN JETT an MTV icon, godmother of punk rock, a female Elvis? Well, these descriptions have all been hurtled at her, and with her public history -- she keeps her personal life personal -- she might deserve at least one of them.

"Expect an intense rock 'n' roll show with plenty of hits and plenty of favorite new and old songs," she says about her upcoming visit to the Vic Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 26. The other bands on the bill, Eagles of Death Metal, Throw Rag, and The Vacancies, will fit right in with Jett's edgy sound.

Jett started her career as singer and guitar player in The RUNAWAYS, an all-female band she helped form as a teenager. After a few albums and tours, the band split, but Jett's roots were planted firmly in glitter and punk rock music.


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JOAN JETT defies age and rock's male bias

At 47, JOAN JETT looks shockingly good. The heart-patterned string bikini top she's wearing hides nothing, but there isn't anything to be ashamed of anyway. She is enviably slim, with toned arms, a flat stomach and skin that is pale and unmarred except for a smattering of ink.

Jet performs Saturday in Tacoma.

She's talking about her new album, "SINNER," and her stint with the summer's Warped Tour.


The beat behind the RUNAWAYS - Sandy West
Drummer. Born Los Angeles, July 10, 1959.
Died San Dimas, California, October 21, aged 47.


WOMEN playing guitars in rock bands are scarce enough and female drummers are even rarer, but Sandy West broke the mould. As the drummer with the all-female Californian group the RUNAWAYS, she developed a simple but ferocious style that she unleashed with unalloyed glee on such calculatedly commercial hits as Cherry Bomb and Born to be Bad.

In the male-dominated world of 1970s rock, the RUNAWAYS were widely dismissed as an exploitative novelty act and the manner in which they were marketed as jail-bait was undoubtedly cynical and crude.

Yet although it is easy to dismiss them as the Spice Girls of their day, they were all proficient enough on their instruments and co-wrote much of their own material, while their brattish image was a significant influence on the spate of female-led punk acts that followed them, including Blondie, Siouxsie and the Banshees, the Slits and X-Ray Spex.



In the end, I never did get to actually talk to JOAN JETT, though the quotes contained within this story did come from her. Even though indie-weekly fabulists are getting lectures at Harvard these days, I'm not down with making stuff up. Everything attributed to Joan comes straight from her notepad. The day I was supposed to interview her, she had lost her voice and had to have her guitarist KENNY LAGUNA read me the answers. Setting up the interview was a comedy of errors, misconnections, and misunderstandings, and, if that wasn't enough, the day of the interview I received an e-mail telling me that Sandy West, drummer of Jett's former band, the RUNAWAYS, had just lost her long battle with cancer.

By the time I finally got in touch with them, both Jett and Laguna were in mourning. Still, Jett soldiered on; if you're the baddest of the bad girls, you pour a 40 on the sidewalk for your homegirl and then go out and — voice or not — rock the crowd. Jett is a consummate professional; she's hailed as a virtuosic guitarist and most of her music, including her new record, SINNER, is polished to a sheen. She knows the business inside and out, having toured the world multiple times, released nine No. 1 hits, and started her own label, BLACKHEART RECORDS.

The JOAN JETT story goes something like this: After seeing the New York Dolls play Philly at the tender age of 12, Jett picked up a guitar and recruited some rebellious girlfriends to form the RUNAWAYS. They loved rock 'n' roll, and they wanted you to put another dime in the jukebox, baby, and become superstars. The RUNAWAYS busted up after three years, and Jett headed to L.A., where she put an ad in the calendar section of the L.A. Times and L.A. Weekly that said: "JOAN JETT looking for three good men." She didn't give a damn about her reputation, and soon she had the most successful indie hit ever. Over the next 26 years, she had hits, played at the opening of the Panama Canal, collaborated with riot grrls, did an anthem for the WBNA, and became a feminist icon.


100 Greatest Songs Of The '80s

(Vh1) "100 Greatest Songs Of The '80s," the five-part program will countdown classics from '80s icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, New Edition, Journey, Guns N' Roses and Duran Duran. With 44, 000 votes received, the list was determined by an online poll at where viewers had the opportunity to pick their favorite songs from the '80s whether it was rock, pop, rap or R&B. Join VH1 as it counts down the coolest, gnarliest and most awesome songs of the decade that gave us hip-hop and hair metal. Premiering with back-to-back episodes on Monday, October 30 at 9 PM*, "100 Greatest Songs Of The '80s" brings viewers each tune's back-story told through new, original interviews with the musicians who created them, as well as the legendary artists they inspired. In the tradition of VH1's hit "100 Greatest" specials, the show features archival clips, classic performances, plus exclusive interviews from Chaka Khan, Deborah Gibson, Dee Snider, Jordan Knight, Bananarama, Bret Michaels, Terri Nunn, Darryl McDaniels, Rikki Rachtman, John Oates, Def Leppard, Young M.C., Jane Wiedlin, INXS, Fred Schneider, Joe Perry, Stephen Pearcy, Jack Blades, Barenaked Ladies, Chris Booker, John Cena, Mark McGrath, former MTV VJ Nina Blackwood among many others. Episodes 3 - 5 of the countdown will premiere Tuesday - Thursday at 10 PM*

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS made the list at #70 with "I Love Rock N' Roll" 1981

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Finally, an original SINNER
JOAN JETT drops her first new album since Clinton’s first term


It’s not like JOAN JETT intended to put her recording career on hold.

"If we had had our way, it would have been out much earlier," she says of SINNER, her first new album in 12 years. "But there were several things in the way of that. So here we are now."

The main obstacle was Jett’s former record company, Warner Bros., which essentially went through five different label presidents—all of whom had different visions for SINNER.


Jett Fighter

Who gives a crap about Lita Ford? Everybody knows JOAN JETT was always the coolest member of the RUNAWAYS. She wrote the band's signature song, "Cherry Bomb," when she was just a teenager — now that's talent. Jett also happened to be hottest member of the group, defining the '70s rocker-chick look with her leather jacket, black mullet and perpetual snarl.

While her contributions to the history of rock & roll fashion are notable, Jett should be most praised for her involvement in changing perceptions of women in rock. She helped elevate the status of females in the simplest of ways: She wasn't preaching, she wasn't bitching — she was simply rocking. JOAN JETT led by example.

Jett still seems to inspire, if not mentor, the younger ladies. She's worked with other female rockers and riot grrrl bands including Peaches, L7, Bikini Kill, the Gits and Bratmobile. Jett also gets cred for collaborating with men who are notoriously difficult to work with, such as members of the Sex Pistols and genius perfectionist Ian MacKaye of Fugazi.


RUNAWAYS Drummer Sandy West Dies at 47

Click to enlarge SAN DIMAS, Calif. (Oct. 24) - Sandy West, whose ferocious drumming fueled the influential all-female `70s rock band the RUNAWAYS, has died of lung cancer. She was 47.

West died Saturday night at a hospice in San Dimas, east of Los Angeles, her manager Mara Fox said. She was diagnosed a year ago.

West was only 16 when she co-founded the RUNAWAYS in 1975 with singer and guitarist JOAN JETT.


JOAN JETT, SINNER, Rocker, Still One Hell of a Wild Child— Her D.C Homecoming Packs The 9:30 Club for Some New Music and Plenty of Old

Click to enlarge Washington, DC - Way back in the early 80’s.. maybe sometime back in 1984, I remember seeing my first JOAN JETT concert at the ripe age of 10 years old when we snuck into the old legendary Hammerjacks in Baltimore.. Long gone is Hammerjacks, well the original one and also long gone is sneaking into a show at that age, but one thing that lives on in 2006 is the timeless rock of JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS. She put punk rock on the map then and is putting it on the map during her Fall 2006 tour.

Tonight the show wasn’t in Baltimore, but just a few minutes from Joan’s old stomping grounds of Randolph Hills in Rockville, Maryland at the legendary 9:30 Club in Downtown Washington, D.C. It didn’t take long for her to make it known that she loves playing for a hometown crowd and judging by the way the crowd sang along with every song from the time she stepped on stage until the time she performed her encore, this was a show if you like rock should not be missed this fall.

Jett opened the show with some material of her first new album release in 10 years, SINNER. The first song of the night, "Riddles" really had the crowd worked up .She also threw in a few more from this release including "Naked," "Five" and "Androgynous."


JOAN JETT: Cooler than you

Yeah, JOAN JETT’s cooler than you. And I know she’s cooler than me. So don’t worry about it—ain’t no thing. JOAN JETT is cooler than 99 percent of us skulking around this planet, and not because she’s survived 30-plus years in the rock biz, or spent 25 years running her own record label, but because she’s done it all her own way.

JOAN JETT is cooler than you because in 1975 she started the RUNAWAYS at 15 years old, and managed to grow up in public without compromising or self-destructing. "Yeah, it was definitely different in terms of being a teenager. I didn’t do things like high school graduation or the prom or the regular rites of passage that most kids do. That whole social scene, the band aspect was our high school. But I don’t have anything to compare it to … I’ve had a great life—no complaints—I feel blessed every day!"

JOAN JETT is cooler than you because her recent release, SINNER, contains a couple of protest songs that although critical of the Bush administration, don’t stoop to name-calling. "Sometimes I’m not speaking to the converted. [When] you’re speaking to people who might not think the same way as you, and you go ‘moron, moron, moron-idiot, idiot,’ that doesn’t accomplish anything. It might feel good for a minute, but it doesn’t do anything else. So I think it’s really important that we try and get beyond that. A song like ‘Riddles’ is about how this particular administration uses language to confuse the voter and to obscure the truth."


M&C Exclusive Interview: Rocker JOAN JETT talks politics, ‘SINNER’ and the road

Punk rock icon JOAN JETT recently took some time out of her busy schedule to talk to Monsters and Critics about her new album ‘SINNER;’ her thoughts on politics and the current administration; and what life is like on the road touring with Eagles of Death Metal.

SINNER’ is a classic JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS’s album filled with 14 tracks of attitude, hard guitar riffs and the signature sound that made Jett a legend in rock. Although she has been rocking since the 1970s, Jett shows no signs of slowing down, or compromising her beliefs to fit into what is considered "radio friendly."

From song tracks like "Riddles" (the first track on the album where Jett attacks the current political administration and the way they choose to communicate with the public) to the hard guitar-driven track "Fetish" (which Jett describes as simply a "dirty sex song"), ‘SINNER’ is packed with what fans expect out of JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS. From start to finish, the album won’t disappoint.


RUNAWAYS drummer Sandy West dies

Sandy West, drummer for the all-female '70s rock band The RUNAWAYS, died Saturday after a battle with lung cancer. She was 47. West was a founding member of The RUNAWAYS in 1975, along with JOAN JETT, Lita Ford and Cherie Currie. The group's attitude and music paved the way for later groups including The Go-Go's, The Bangles and Sleater-Kinney. "I started The RUNAWAYS with Sandy West," Jett said in a statement. "We shared the dream of girls playing rock 'n' roll. Sandy was an exuberant and powerful drummer. ... I am overcome from the loss of my friend. I always told her, 'We changed the world.'"

Billboard Bits

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Sandy West, drummer for the influential '70s band the RUNAWAYS, died Oct. 21 after a long battle with lung cancer.

West was a founding member of the RUNAWAYS, which featured fellow rockers JOAN JETT, Lita Ford and Cherie Currie. The group toured the world several times, often headlining with opening acts such as Tom Petty and Cheap Trick.

The RUNAWAYS' discography includes over 60 albums, singles and compilations and its music has been featured in dozens of rock and punk collections, and several films, including "Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway" and "DetroitRockCity."



Click to enlarge JOAN JETT, the high-priestess of pop/punk rock proved what pure Rock ‘N Roll is all about at Bogart’s, Cincinnati, Ohio. In support of JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS’ latest release "SINNER," JOAN JETT demonstrated why she owns the 27th spot on Billboard's list of The Greatest Songs of ALL Time with the enduring rock anthem, "I Love Rock ‘N Roll" because it’s more than evident that the history making hit was just the beginning of her enduring career.

"Women Who Behave Rarely Make History" can be seen on bumper stickers and t-shirts but the saying rings loud and clear when you witness a JOAN JETT performance and glimpse back at her pioneering and life-long career in music. Joan has never conformed nor compromised her creativity and remains confident and current 25 years after the song that made history.

Opening the show with "Change the World," Joan solidifies the fact that she is a rock & roll crusader. Joan asked, "Do we have any singers out there? Do we have some dancers out there?" She was positively answered immediately. By the end of "Cherry Bomb," a song Joan wrote when she was fifteen years old, she announced her pleasure, "You’ve got this down pat! Take a deep breath…" and rolled into "Do You Wanna Touch Me." The chanting, multi-generational, wall-to-wall audience was in overdrive by "Bad Reputation."


The Rock and Roll Report Record Review


JOAN JETT has more balls than most male rockers plying their trade these days. Never one to make an issue of her gender or try to "sex things up", she has just continued to pump out consistently catchy and cool rock and roll no matter what year and what fad we find ourselves mired in.

On SINNER, her first album in 7 years she comes out swinging and I knew I was in love by the time "A.C.D.C." started blasting out of the headphones with that great opening line "She got girls, girls all over the world. She got men, every now and then." What a killer track and things just motor satisfyingly on throughout this 14 song CD with a bunch of great rockers (A.C.D.C., Five, Change the World, Fetish, Tube Talkin') as well as some great melodic power pop tracks (Riddles, Naked, Everyone Knows). She also throws in a couple of slower numbers to mix things up (Androgynous, Watersign) but the thing I liked so much about this album (and other albums by her in the past) is that I smiled throughout listening to this CD. SINNER is fun, air drumming worthy rock and roll and really, that's what music should be all about. To quote A.C.D.C. once again:

"She got spunk, but they call her a punk."



With the big, clap yo’ hands feel of politico-ripper Riddles, you’re plunged straight into the true heart of SINNER, the first JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS album in over a decade. The chugging, cheesy Eighties guitars sound like a biker’s wet dream, while the admittedly catchy chorus shows that Jett can still be devilishly aware of what makes a line memorable. This all hints as a return to fun-sounding rock songs, but what makes Jett’s new work so compelling is that each track holds enough of a message to be taken seriously (for the opener this is the awareness and very real worries of political morons, the lack of political awareness in the U.S. and the world and Big Brother watching evermore). With this and the timely use of some great Bush and Rumsfeld speech samples, you’ll get the gist pretty quickly and realise that SINNER really isn’t just another rock clown acting out, but instead tries to voice items on a meaningful agenda.

This brash retro heart is a recurring theme of the album — though Jett would surely take umbrage if you called it ‘retro’ to her face — where big band rock ‘n’ roll is pounded out ‘til fingers are shaking and knuckles are bleeding. By exploring the well travelled slopes of the ‘rock anthem’, Jett succeeds in reminding of how she herself has been such a secretly domineering and influential artist. For example, Everyone Knows is a sort of template for latter-day Weezer and anyone else that isn’t afraid of touching on something that is unashamedly good for the soul. Fists are raised to the skies and their owners are wearing ripped, black band t-shirts; the lack of a smirk or wry smile is unnerving. This is serious, folks! Meanwhile, Change The World reeks of early Distillers and other feelgood, boppy punk rockers, but clearly Joan came first. However rearward-looking it may be, SINNER really hammers it home that there really are a great number of acts who’ve trodden on the toes of this female figurehead.

Of course, with such a well rehearsed basis for compositions, there are bound to be some potholes, bumps and areas that are unwise to venture into. A 100 Ft Away and the truly terrible Watersign take the foot off of the proverbial pedal and sink into the bogs that were once the battleground of the stadium pomp-rockers. And good riddance, really; there’s no need for that egotistical guitar crap. On a similarly slippery footing, Bad Time steals part of a typical descending guitar riff used by late-era Iggy & The Stooges (have a listen to the stuff on Skull Ring and you’ll notice the likeness). Here, Jett and her band once again walk the perilous plank and stand there wobbling, threatening to teeter over into pointlessness.


Sex, leather and rock 'n' roll

Click to enlarge The heart-patterned string bikini top JOAN JETT is wearing hides nothing, but there isn't anything to be ashamed of anyway. At 47, she is enviably slim, with skin that is pale and unmarred except for a smattering of ink.

It's three hours until show time, and Jett is pacing her tour bus, talking about her new album, "SINNER." She brings her spiky-haired bandmates, the BLACKHEARTS, to Irving Plaza for a sold-out show Sunday.

Coming off a headlining gig on the summer's Warped Tour, Jett knows few female artists are fortunate to be in as much demand.


Remembering Sandy West

Click to enlarge Sandy West, drummer for the influential 70s band The RUNAWAYS, died today after a long battle with lung cancer. She left an indelible mark on rock music as a founding member of The RUNAWAYS, which featured fellow rockers JOAN JETT, Lita Ford and Cherie Currie, and as a leading inspiration for a number of notable musicians, both male and female.  Many young musicians can trace their inspiration directly to the first time they heard "Cherry Bomb." She will be remembered by more than one generation of fans as a strong part of their musical landscape. But Sandy's impact was felt far outside of the music industry as a loyal friend, loving confidante and strong defender of those she loved most. Her strength as a player, passion as a person, and dedication as a friend will be remembered always by friends, fans and fellow musicians alike.

JOAN JETT Vital As Ever

low resolution image Not Enlargeable JOAN JETT :: 10.13.06 :: Avalon :: Boston, MA
While most things in Rock change and evolve, and not always for the better, JOAN JETT pretty much stays the same.

As she has been in the game for nearly 30 years now, she has had many chances to sell out, sex-it-up, or jump at one of the numerous RUNAWAYS reunion tour offers. But she has instead chosen to keep her standards and marched at her own power-chord-driven path, and her reputation in the rock world has remained remarkably in tact.

Playing to a near-capacity crowd at the legendary Avalon club in Boston on October 13th, Jett literally ripped through a 20-song set that was, as her manager KENNY LAGUNA promised, an "amazing balance of songs from her popular catalogue alongside cuts from her new amazing CD, SINNER."


JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS at Irving Plaza, October 15, 2006 a.k.a. Your Semi-Regular JOAN JETT Perspiration Report
from: NY Rock Confidential, October 2006 Issue

While every press weasel and his mother was hanging at CBGB for Patti Smith to show up and close the place down, I headed to a venue with reliable toilets and level flooring for JOAN JETT. Last time we saw our venerable heroine, she was gearing up for the Warped Tour to promote her new album SINNER. It appears that the summer festival spit-shined her highness's ultra-tight hiney, because she came out of the starting gate like a horny savage dancing, gyrating, and grooving to "Hello Hello, I'm Back Again" by Gary Glitter. Any kinks (no pun intended) in her set were thoroughly ironed out from the get-go, leaving us with nothing but lots of hot, wet leather and rock 'n' roll. How hot and wet, you ask? So hot and wet, in fact, that at one point Jett had to inform the crowd, "I didn't pee." Seems that when she bent forward, the back of her vinyl vest released a stream of pent-up Jett sweat that then trickled down her butt and into a puddle at her feet. Repeat: not pee, just sweat. To quote Winona Ryder as Veronica Sawyer in Heathers, "Lick it up, baby. Lick. It. Up."

Pop spotlight: JOAN JETT/Eagles Of Death Metal

Monday: Forget all the knee-jerk press clips about how JOAN JETT was one of rock's great pioneering women. The former RUNAWAYS co-leader still is a gutsy artist whose snarling pop-punk sound has timeless appeal, as evidenced by her stint this summer on the Warped Tour and especially by her infectious new CD, "SINNER." Jett and her BLACKHEARTS are on tour with a band that puts the swagger back in hard rock, Eagles of Death Metal, featuring Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, far right, on drums and frontman extraordinaire Jesse Hughes. A great night for leather. With Valiant Thorr. (8 p.m. Mon. $25. 18 and older. First Avenue, 7th St. and 1st Av. N., Mpls. 612-338-8388.)


low resolution image Not Enlargeable JOAN JETT really knows how to work a crowd, and she did just that last night at Irving Plaza with her band the BLACKHEARTS. Singing a bunch of songs from her latest album SINNER, as well as her hits, she really got everyone dancing and singing along, as well as clapping and raising their hands to the music. The great thing about a JOAN JETT song is if you don’t know it, by the second verse you can totally sing along. They are deceptively simple but she says a lot in between the lines. Her classics such as "I love Rock and Roll", "Crimson and Clover" and "Bad Reputation" were a joy to witness. She just puts out such a positive vibe and is in such great shape and looks gorgeous. Women in the crowd were yelling, "I love you!" and "I want to marry you!" And of course Joan and her band bring a lot of rock n’ roll swagger and posturing along with jumping 3 feet above the stage.

After the show, thanks very much to Q’s dad Bas, we got backstage passes. I was completely awestruck, but strangely not nervous at all meeting her. I told her that she has such a great energy and spirit and that really came through tonight. She was very humble and said it was easy with a great crowd like us.

JOAN JETT is just amazing. The fact that she struggled so hard in the beginning to get signed, finally starting her own BLACKHEART RECORDS label, is just a testament to her commitment to expressing herself creatively. It really gives me hope for my own creative endeavors. I feel a renewed sense of optimism and inspiration from meeting such a passionate woman who has always lived her life with total authenticity.

Jett fuel keeps rock hard

Click to enlarge Why keep donning leather and black eyeliner some 30 years into a career of R&R?

Well, if you’re JOAN JETT, it’s because you still look good with dark clothes, hair and eyes and because, as she sang 25 years ago in her biggest hit to date, she loves rock ’n’ roll.

As the reigning princess of punk rock, Jett took her BLACKHEARTS on the road for the outdoor skate/punk fest Warped Tour, which bashed and smashed across the country this summer.



This is one lady it's smart not to fuck with. She's always getting into the faces of the faceless people who still give female rock 'n' rollers a difficult time (just because they're not men), and her band has a passion for getting on stage and throwing their amplitude around. She spent her summer on the Warped Tour, making the celebratory rounds with her BLACKHEARTS and a new album, SINNER. The 45-year-old Philly girl is a pistol with iconic status and some ripped abdominals. She probably made all the other Warped punk rockers—most of whom are easily half her age—feel like a pack of tubby, PS2-addicted lard asses (you heard me, Reggie & the Full Effect). One thing I learned about the crow-haired queen of rock 'n' roll the last time I hung out with her backstage is that she can throw a mean spiral pass and is always looking for someone to play catch with. If you see her, invite her to a game of flag football—or just put another dime in the jukebox, baby.

Concert scene picks up with Buckingham, Jett

The fall concert season kicks in with a vengeance the next week with plenty of action at the clubs and theaters, ranging from a punk goddess to a Christian rock princess, a Fleetwood Mac legend to a jam band guitar hero. Here's a look at the highlights:

Lindsey Buckingham, often credited with giving Fleetwood Mac its pop/folk vibe when he joined the band in the mid '70s (with Stevie Nicks), is back on the concert trail with his first solo album in 14 years. It is a very different release from the lush arrangements associated with the guitarist/songwriter. His minimalist new release, "Under the Skin," is mostly solo and acoustic, a project getting rave reviews. Buckingham said his inspiration for the departure from his heavily textured pop was Joni Mitchell's "Blue," a guitar and vocal classic.

Buckingham plays the Taft Theater at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets $35, $29.50. (No opening act). He does bring a band along, so the set is expected to be a little more than playing his new quiet album.


Sound Check - JOAN JETT

After a summer on the Warped Tour, veteran rock 'n' roller JOAN JETT is on a fall tour with her longtime backing band the BLACKHEARTS, and plays the Agora Theatre as part of the club's ongoing 40th anniversary celebration. Speaking via phone from her New York home, Jett talked about what it was like being one of the only women on the male-dominated Warped Tour, the challenges of writing the political songs found on her new album, SINNER, and why she still loves rock 'n' roll.

So what was Warped Tour like?
Oh, it was a blast. I knew I was gonna have a good time, but it was beyond my expectations. The vibe was so much fun. The camaraderie was incredible. Everybody is very supportive and watched each other. I had my BMX bike and was riding around to the different stages.

Why aren't there more punk rock chicks on Warped?
It's a good question. There was one band called ShiraGirl. Last year, they couldn't get on the tour so they took out a stage of their own they built onto a truck and they played anyway. [Warped promoter] Kevin Lyman was so impressed with that, he had them on one of the stages this year. It's incremental, like anything else. If you told me 30 years after the RUNAWAYS there still wouldn't be women in rock 'n' roll, I would have thought you'd be crazy. It's frustrating because people ask me why, and I don't have a good answer beyond the usual prejudices. There's still a lot of resistance. The girls are out there. They're in any city you go to.


KFMA Fall Ball @ Tucson Electric Park, Arizona

Click to enlarge The seasons have changed and it’s time for the KFMA Fall Ball. It’s the premiere event for the Southwest put on by a merciless rogue radio station that leads a streaming and airwave assault on new music worldwide, rubbing our ears the right way and pissing off the mainstream, they know how to pick the bands. Green grass under our feet and a cloudless sky heralds the coming of a day filled with awesome music and anticipation.

Twenty thousand people begin to pour into the stadium as the opening band Trik Turner officially greets us and starts our blood pumping with a dose of rapcore-alternative in the finest of style. They draw the crowd in with ‘Friends and Family.’ This song sneaks up and grabs hold; it’s beautiful and well done. Their new piece ‘Temporary Fix’ starts out sexy and alluring then builds steadily into controlled aggression with an awesome angry finish that elicits screams and cheers from the growing crowd.


JOAN JETT Puts Another Dime in the Jukebox, Baby

JOAN JETT may be 46, but she still looks and sounds like she could kick your butt. Her frozen-in-time vocal growls and svelte figure -- including ridiculously cut arms shown off by a latex tank top -- were two of the biggest wow factors at Jett's performance at the 9:30 club Tuesday. Another was the sound of her new album with the BLACKHEARTS, "SINNER," the first she's released in 12 years.

The fresh material melded so smoothly with the old that the 70-minute show felt like a time warp back to the '80s.

Jett's hooky, melodic rock blasted nearly nonstop. "SINNER's" best tracks include the current single, "ACDC" -- though disappointingly, like much of Jett's repertoire, it's a cover -- and the very dirty "Fetish," which is original. The weaker "Riddles," which Jett explained is about "our government and how they don't speak clearly to us," gets points for good intentions despite facile lyrics ("there's bad stuff happening, and no one does a thing"). Tacking on President Bush's mangling of the "Fool me once" adage at least provided a laugh at the end (for most of the audience, anyway).




Monday: On her own, leather-clad bad girl JOAN JETT is well worth the price of admission. Not only is she one of the most influential female rockers of her generation, but she's also three tons of fun. For this gig, she's joined by two better-than-usual opening acts — the Eagles of Death Metal (featuring Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age) and hilarious North Carolina '70s throwback Valient Thorr. 7 p.m.; First Avenue, 701 First Ave. N., Mpls.; $25; 651-989-5151.

Hall of a night for L.I. music

low resolution image Not Enlargeable The stretch limos seemed like they'd never quit, and the fans sounded as though they'd never quit screaming, as Long Island paid due respect to its musical heritage.

The scene was the first induction ceremony at the new Long Island Music Hall of Fame, which drew some 1,200 music lovers to the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Inductees from JOAN JETT to Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, and from Billy Joel to Little Anthony strutted the red carpet into the theater Sunday night.

"Thank you so much!" KISS drummer Peter Criss called to the crowd with a bow on his way in to the induction.


Billy Joel, JOAN JETT inducted into Long Island Music Hall of Fame

PATCHOGUE, New York(AP): Long Island now has a Music Hall of Fame all its own, and its first inductees include homegrown singer Billy Joel.

After being introduced by Long Islander Alec Baldwin on Sunday night, Joel summed up the region in a speech that touched on everyone from Albert Einstein to Joey Buttafuoco, calling Long Island "a clash of cultures,'' and an "island of extremes.''

The hall's very first inductee was JOAN JETT, who went on to play a concert in Manhattan on the same night. Jett recalled moving to Long Beach in 1979, and recording her best-known hit, "I Love Rock 'n' Roll,'' at the Kingdom Sound studio.


LI Hall inducts first class of rockers

Click to enlarge With shout-outs to local spots from Huntington to Syosset to Levittown, a roster of musicians spanning generations and genres celebrated their one common trait last night: a connection to Long Island.

The event was the inaugural induction ceremony of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, a place that doesn't yet have a physical place to call home. Nevertheless, organizers held a star-studded gala at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts where rockers, folkies, jazz players and even classical musicians came together to accept awards or induct each other into the hall's Class of 2006.

The local version of Cleveland's more famous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame did its best to bring a sense of glamor and respectability to a region often dismissed as a poor relative to Manhattan. Police cordoned off parts of Patchogue's Main Street while onlookers gathered around the red carpet hoping to catch sight of famous local inductees such as Dee Snider of Twisted Sister and, of course, Billy Joel. Attendees paid up to $495 per person for a VIP cocktail hour, a buffet dinner of filet mignon and the chance to catch their favorite rockers in action.


Jett epitomizes LI's reputation

The unofficial theme song of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame? That's easy: JOAN JETT's "Bad Reputation."

"That's so fitting for Long Island and what we're trying to do," said Richard L'Hommedieu, the hall's chairman. "It's perfect for us."

The song -- with the chorus of "I don't give a damn 'bout my bad reputation" -- was front-and-center at the induction ceremonies last night as the first song played for the first-ever inductee. Jett said she would have been happy to play it, except she had to leave the ceremony early so that she could make her sold-out show at Irving Plaza, which she had committed to months earlier. However, Jett said she was humbled by the induction and her role in the hall.


JOAN JETT rocks on

For the sake of clarity, let's say that JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS will begin a new tour tonight in Philadelphia.

Eagles of Death Metal and several others will join the eternally youthful rocker and her band for more than 20 dates that will bring the musicians across the country and back over the next few weeks.

But the reality is that JOAN JETT hasn't really taken a break in three decades. The current tour is just the latest phase in her journey.


Concerts: '06 OK, but some still worry
Concerned about flat sales, some acts opt out


For decades, Detroit has flourished as one of the country's strongest concert markets, and this year has seen turnstiles humming for a host of premium rock and country music shows at the area's big venues. But as the national concert industry steadies itself after a mediocre 2005, it's not necessarily business as usual in economically ailing Detroit, where the concert scene is emitting mixed messages.

It was a strong summer season for Palace Sports & Entertainment, according to people both inside and outside the operation. Between DTE Energy Music Theatre, Meadow Brook Music Festival and the Palace of Auburn Hills, the company did 132 summer shows, up from last year's 100, and sold out 26, the same as in 2005.

At DTE, traditionally the country's busiest concert amphitheater, a batch of perennial big rock draws -- Jimmy Buffett, Dave Matthews Band, Tom Petty -- were high points in an extended season that wrapped up Wednesday with Aerosmith and Motley Crue.


Roll call for homegrown icons In its first year, the Long Island Music Hall of Fame sings the praises of everyone from Billy Joel to George Gershwin

There are two types of Long Islanders: Those who are proud of where they live and those who aren't.

"There is an inherent inferiority complex that Long Islanders have, which I actually find kind of charming," explains Hicksville native and Oyster Bay resident Billy Joel, who has always proudly pointed out that he is from Long Island. "I think that's part of our identity that we're the suburban cousins of the city folks."

And, of course, there are the Long Islanders who cling to their city roots, eager to keep their Suffolk County addresses on the down low, trying to avoid being seen as suburban cousins instead of urbane New Yorkers.


Recent Magazine Articles

Juice - Issue #61

Gay Monkey - October/November 2006 Entertainment Issue
Pages 36-37 The Return of a Rock 'n Roll Icon by Paul E. Pratt. Includes 3 pictures of Joan.

Mix - October 2006
Page 88 Live Mix JOAN JETT by Steve Jennings. Include pictures of Joan and Billy Crater.



Move over, Britney — JOAN JETT is the real pop princess. Yes, pop. Now wait....don’t spit out your bubblegum or fall off your roller skates in dismay. Pop doesn’t have to be bland, robotic and numbingly repetitive. Good pop is strong, melodic, passionate and laced with more hooks than a Hellraiser movie. It can even sport black leather and tar-thick eyeliner, pummel you with power chords, and snarl about S&M. As long as it’s sincere. And JOAN JETT’s sincerity is as abundant as her studs and grommets. The woman must surely have a double-bass drum for a heart and guitar strings for ganglia. Music is her essence, not merely her employment. And that essence is distilled on the long-awaited SINNER.

There’s been some Jett turbulence because many of these tracks are from Naked, which was released only in Japan. OK, file that complaint under "Non-Issue." Unless, of course, you’re a diehard collector — or a resident of Japan. For the majority who aren’t in either category, "SINNER" will bless you with JOAN JETT music that normally wouldn’t have landed anywhere near your eardrums. Jett and her trusty BLACKHEARTS kick off the CD with the political "Riddles," which questions, but doesn’t preach. And even if you don’t know your ass from your elephant, you can still dance to it! There’s also her firestorm version of Sweet’s "AC/DC," and the sultry, hypnotic "Baby Blue." Jett's cover of The Replacements’ "Androgynous" is here, too, although its tongue-in-cheek flippancy always seems to fare better when she and the gang play it live.

And then there’s her sinister, sneering S&M song, "Fetish," with its explicit line, "Relax, while I pound your ass," amusingly followed by the achingly tender ballad "Watersign.""Everyone Knows" is her coming-out song — although everyone has known for a long time, and would support her whether she were straight, gay, a pterodactyl, or a stalk of broccoli. As long as she has that siren’s song of a voice, which calls with equal allure to both genders. That voice, with its gravelly, teenage haughtiness, its beckoning breathiness, its primal rawness. SINNER is definitely one cherry that ain’t no bomb!

One On One With Rocker JOAN JETT

low resolution image Not Enlargeable JOAN JETT has been rocking out since she was fifteen years old. Fast forward three decades and Joan is still at the top of her game.

JOAN JETT began her career in the 1970's with the all girl punk band, The RUNAWAYS. Since then JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS have been performing all over the world, banging out hits like "Bad Reputation" and "I Love Rock and Roll". She doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon because this rocker doesn't give a darn about her bad reputation.

Who You Calling Virgin?

UPSTART LOW-COST AIRLINE VIRGIN AMERICA, the latest extension of Sir Richard Branson's brand empire, is running a Web-based promotion called "Name Our Planes" to get consumers to name the remaining 34 Airbus 320 planes that will make up its fleet.

This week, Virgin America unveiled its first plane at San Francisco International Airport and christened it "Jefferson Airplane" to honor the iconic Bay Area band and its initial route, between SF and New York's JFK.

Early entries on the Web site make references to other rock bands. They include JOAN JETT, Big Ol Jet Airliner. San Francisco-referenced entries include Love-Ashbury, Don't Call It 'Frisco. Then there's an Americana theme building, as in Sea to Shining Sea and Pride of New York.



from: The Washington Post Company

JOAN JETT COULD HAVE JUST disappeared: Without a domestic studio release since the early 1990s, her recent discography has been littered with a live recording, a career compilation and a rerelease. But a headlining slot on this summer's Warped tour and a new studio album have launched Jett back into the spotlight; earlier this month she was sandwiched between Kelly Clarkson and the Dixie Chicks at No. 7 on AOL's "Top 20 Women Who Rock . . . Right Now."

vv Though much of Jett's newest CD was previously released on a Japan-only album two years ago, "SINNER" does not feel recycled. From her political ranting on "Riddles" (and her feisty shout of "Wake up, people!") to the softer -- but still gritty -- ballad "Watersign," co-written with Le Tigre's Kathleen Hanna, Jett sounds as raucous as ever. Even a few clunkers, such as the overtly sexed-up "Fetish" with its exaggerated, whiplashing sound effects, don't suffer from a lack of effort.

Jett has always made the biggest splash with her covers -- such as the Arrows' "I Love Rock N' Roll" and Tommy James & the Shondells' "Crimson and Clover" -- and she takes the same approach on "SINNER" with a saucy take on Sweet's "A.C.D.C." She amps up the song's sexuality with her hoarse howl, which teeters between anguish and arousal. With that overt liveliness, coupled with the song's playful video (portraying Carmen Electra ping-ponging between Jett and a boyfriend), Jett clearly flaunts her unfading vigor.

Appearing Tuesday at the 9:30 club.

Billy Joel, JOAN JETT, Leslie West, Paul Shaffer, Alec Baldwin to Appear at Long Island Music Hall of Fame 1st Annual Induction

LAKE GROVE, N.Y., Oct. 10 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The Long Island Music Hall of Fame's first annual Induction Gala will be held at the Patchogue Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 15. The Gala includes a Red Carpet Arrival, the Induction Award Ceremony with performances, an All-Star Jam Session and a VIP Artist's Dinner/Reception.

Artists being inducted and scheduled to appear include Billy Joel, JOAN JETT, Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, Gary U.S. Bonds, Twisted Sister, Little Anthony, Leslie West and Mountain, Marian McPartland, Mose Allison, Peter Criss of KISS, Vanilla Fudge, legendary producer George "Shadow" Morton and the Long Island Philharmonic. The families of George Gershwin, George M. Cohan, Harry Chapin, and James (Jimmy) D'Aquisto will also be in attendance.

Other 2006 inductees include Tony Bennett, Neil Sedaka, Cyndi Lauper, Perry Como, John Coltrane, Sam Taylor, Richie Havens, Run-DMC, the Stray Cats and Stony Brook University.


Original SINNER
JOAN JETT gets back in black


I met JOAN JETT because of Lisa King. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen the way it was supposed to. Lisa was a friend and an inspiration to many, a local punk poet and a National Poetry Slam champion. She’d invited me to NYC to meet her pal "JJ." But I was always too busy, and I suggested they bus it to Boston for one of the shows I was producing. I had no idea that "JJ" was JOAN JETT. Lisa had met Joan at a reading and the two had become fast friends. In 2004, Lisa moved back to Cambridge, and in February of this year she died unexpectedly. Her funeral services would be where "JJ" and I would ultimately meet. Jett achieved mainstream stardom and MTV success in the ’80s. And she’s been a trailblazer for three decades. At 15, she joined the all-girl band the RUNAWAYS. When she wasn’t able to find a label deal after that, she and her manager/producer, KENNY LAGUNA, started their own — Blackheart. Both in image and action, Jett the rebel helped lay the groundwork for the ’90s riot grrrl explosion.

The snarly punk inside Jett was still very much alive in the ’90s, when she helped raise funds to find Gits singer Mia Zapata’s murderer by recording Evil Stig and then touring with the remaining members of Zapata’s band in ’95. Among other things, she produced and played on Bikini Kill’s "Rebel Girl" single and sang back-up on Paul Westerberg’s "Someone I Once Knew." And now she’s back with her first album of new material in 12 years, SINNER, on Blackheart, and a show this Friday with Eagles of Death Metal at Avalon. She spoke with me over the phone from her home in New York.

You’ve always collaborated with KENNY LAGUNA, and on the new album you wrote with other people. Talk about your writing process.
I’m such a Virgo. I’m verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, verse, chorus. That’s how I learned when I was a teenager, and that’s how I write. I’ve got riffs recorded all over the place. My notebooks are full of chord progressions, song titles, and themes. I try to put it together like a puzzle. If I’m going to write with someone else, that’s what I’ll take to the session. I’ll go through my stuff, pick out what’s resonating with me, and carry those riffs or ideas to the session.


Plethora of good rock concerts requires 'Day-at-a-Glance'

Thursday: Old-school rockers who hang around and decide to record new material face a serious quandary: Go classic and appease your longtime fans, or update your sound and stay relevant. JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS do both on their new record, "SINNER." Take "A.C.D.C.," a hook-slathered punk single that makes good use of modern studio tricks without compromising Jett's signature grit. The righteous Eagles of Death Metal bring their hellfire thrash-rock to the party and give Philadelphia yet another excuse to do their favorite football chant. Valient Thorr opens. At the TLA at 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 at

The New Yorker Goings On About Town Night Life

17 Irving Pl., at 15th St. (212-777-6800)—Oct. 15: JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS. An unwavering iconoclast, Jett continues to deliver no-holds-barred, hard-hitting rock. Her new album, "SINNER," is just as passionate as her mid-eighties hits. Oct. 17-18: Brooklyn’s own TV on the Radio, the latest indie rockers to head to a major label, remain fiercely experimental, with a sound that’s a mixed bag of jittery rhythms, angular guitars, and unconventional instrumentation, anchored by Tunde Adebimpe’s vocals. The band is currently touring in support of its sophomore album, "Return to Cookie Mountain."

CBGB, Renowned Epicenter Of Punk, To Close Doors Oct. 15
Blondie, Ramones, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Talking Heads, JOAN JETT Among CBGB Alumnae


NEW YORK -- Legs McNeil remembers the night back in 1975 when he walked into the dingy storefront club perched on the even dingier Bowery. The band onstage, four guys in leather jackets and torn jeans, was the Ramones. McNeil sat at a nearby table, watching their set with Lou Reed.

It was unforgettable. But as McNeil would soon discover, it was just a typical night at CBGB, the club that spawned punk rock while launching the careers of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Blondie, the Talking Heads and the Ramones.

"Every night was memorable, except I don't remember 'em," said a laughing McNeil, co-author of the indispensable punk rock history "Please Kill Me."


The tunes aren’t as riotous, but the ’tude sure is.

[3/5] JOAN JETT makes Courtney Love look like Hilary Duff. An original member of 1970s power-rockers the RUNAWAYS, Jett is better known as a sneering solo artist wielding her sexuality like a scythe. On SINNER, her first studio album in over a decade, Jett comes out fighting with an insanely catchy, Mötley Crüe-like ode to bisexuality ("A.C.D.C.") and a tune that mentions latex and rough sex in the first two lines (the cigarette-soaked, feedback-laden "Fetish"). But Jett's brazen pillow talk would sound like a cheap ploy for attention if it weren't backed by equally bold music: hot-shit skate-punk, C. Lo-era grunge and even vulnerable, PJ Harvey-esque sculpting. This variety saves SINNER from its many clunky hard-rock songs, the gigantic choruses and hell-bent-for-leather riffs of which can't make up for their ultimately generic tone. (BLACKHEART)

Rock trailblazer plays Boston next weekend; JOAN JETT bringing songs from first new CD in 12 years

After 12 years of waiting, fans this summer finally got a new studio CD from JOAN JETT called "SINNER."

But it's not as if Jett intended to see her recording career go on hold that long.

"If we had had our way, it would have been out much earlier," Jett said of the new CD. "But there were several things in the way of that. So here we are now."


LiveDaily Interview: JOAN JETT

Punk-rock godmother JOAN JETT (tickets | music) is not one to keep her thoughts to herself--but when it came to writing about sociopolitical issues, the timing had to be right. The result is the charged album "SINNER," her first release in 10 years.

"I've wanted to write about these subjects--politics, spirituality--for years," Jett said. "But how do you do that? How do you approach the subjects without coming off as preachy or telling people what to do? It's a delicate thing to try to write.

"I really wanted it to be organic and coming from my heart. So, I think maybe the initial thought of wanting to go in that direction, I had to wait until things happened in our world and in our country that fired me up enough where the words came out organically. Something like [the song] 'Riddles,' when you look at what's gone on in this country in the last five years, I don't even recognize it. Sometimes I think the thoughts that we're having at the time: 'Has anybody seen this? Days go by and people don't seem to get upset? Am I crazy? Are people seeing what I'm seeing in this world?'"


Recent Magazine Articles

Inked - Fall 2006
Pages 42-43 My Inked Life - Rock 'n' Roll queen JOAN JETT breaks it down as told to Zena Tsarfin. Includes full page picture of Joan. .


Top 20 Women Who Rock...Right Now

Click to enlarge 7. JOAN JETT

Why She Rocks: Thirty years rocking now, Jett taught the boys a thing or two about punk this summer as a co-headliner on the Warped tour. Chiseled body with blacked-out eyes and hair, the rocker resurrected her roots something fierce with loud, dirty and bare-bones rock 'n' roll.

Most Rockin' Moment: Jett indulged her sexual ambiguity in the video for 'A.C.D. C,' inviting sex siren Carmen Electra to star as her lover who just won't commit.

Watch Joan and Carmen's electric chemistry.

Networking Activities Oracle OpenWorld 2006

On Tuesday, October 24th, San Francisco's Cow Palace will be transformed into a one-of-a-kind party, as Oracle welcomes attendees to the Evolution Engine—an experience designed to keep you moving!

This landmark event offers something for everyone, from a decade-hopping roster of world-class tribute bands, to multiple main stages hosting concerts by a list of legends that includes Berlin, JOAN JETT and one of pop music's most magnetic and influential performers, Sir Elton John.

Five distinct rooms will feature continual entertainment, including mind-blowing attractions such as electro-live music ensemble Luna Groove in the "Human Expedition" and DJ dragonfly's dance floor madness in our swanky, progressive "Time Lapse Lounge."

This lineup is still evolving... as we all get geared up for Oracle's Evolution Engine.

LOVIN' YOU Joan's '88 hit still rules today

Click to enlarge Rating the hits of this week in '88 - Chart Flashback
How do 18-year-old songs by JOAN JETT, Robert Palmer, Def Leppard, and others hold up today? Whitney Pastorek gives 'em another listen

Hello, Flashbackers! Kudos to all of you who jumped on the ''Cruel Summer''/Karate Kid tip when I left the door open last week; you have proved your mettle as true children of the '80s. (I ask you, though: No love for the Ace of Base cover?) I'm thinking about continuing to test your considerable skills by instituting some sort of regular trivia feature here; stay tuned to see if/how that works out. Although mostly I'm still dreaming of a day when everyone understands the concept of the column before writing in to yell at me for not putting a Madonna song on the list...

Billboard's Top 10 singles for the week ending Oct. 1, 1988:

10. ''What's on Your Mind (Pure Energy),'' Information Society
I'll admit right now that I always sort of thought this band was British. They're not. They're from Minneapolis. But in 1988, not knowing that I was going to grow up to be the stunningly brilliant music critic I've become, I just grouped them into that little box in my head labeled ''British New Wave'' and nestled them into a corner behind Erasure. Upon this most recent listen, certain things stand out: First, I have had the song playing on repeat for about 15 minutes, and I'm not at all sick of it. Second, it has factory noises, which are slowly but surely becoming a surefire indicator of me liking a song. Third, it really reminds me of riding my bike past Gavin McMillan's house, for some reason. Finally, everyone absolutely must go here to read singer Kurt Harland's grumpy account of the time VH1 ambushed him for an episode of Bands Reunited. Although I will say, for a man who works in the videogame industry, that is one cornea-sizzling webpage. B


JOAN JETT will be featured on Extra

JOAN JETT will be featured on Extra this Friday, October 6.

Tune in!!!!


JOAN JETT, the tough-talking broad who once screeched "I don’t give a damn about my reputation," has been canonized by an entire generation of she-rockers. Everyone from Courtney Love to PJ Harvey cites her as a muse. And while Jett’s career has recently detoured through acting gigs and reworking some of her standards for movie projects, she and her BLACKHEARTS have recently been touring in support of an all-new record, SINNER, which was ten years in the making. Jett gave us a ring one recent afternoon to chat about her music, her career, and the current climate for women in rock.

So, after ten years with no album, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS are back with SINNER. What’s the deal with the name?
It’s really just a reflection of the times we’re living in. Everyone seems to be on one side or the other, and so it’s kind of interesting to realize that morality is so subjective. For example, a lot of people might judge me based on who I am, based on the way I look or whatever. But underneath, they may not know anything about me. But it’s not just with me. I’m thinking about other people, too, and my judgments of them.

We’re listening to some of the tracks on the new record and not discerning a great shift in musical style. However, with songs such as "Riddles" and "Change the World," it seems your lyrics are tackling a new topic: politics.
Politics and war—and hope, hopefully. These are certainly my first protest songs. It’s something I’ve kind of wanted to touch on for years, but I didn’t really know how to cross that bridge without being preachy or corny; I wanted it to be really organic. So [with "Riddles," a song that mixes in sound bites from Donald Rumsfeld and George W. Bush] I was able to write a song that’s not calling anyone a moron or anything; it’s just reflecting on something I see. And I want to see if other people see it, or if I’m just crazy.


JOAN JETT: NYC Punk, Rock Icon, Babe

With unforgettable hits like "I Love Rock n’ Roll" and "Touch Me," it’s easy to steal a ride on your past laurels, especially if you just so happen to be the primary Girl Power! iconoclast of rock music, predating any Spice Girls proclamation. JOAN JETT has not only been the primary trendsetter of chick rock n’ roll in breaking through the ‘80s record industry’s male-driven tendencies, but her groundbreaking brand of rock n’ roll helped inspire and propel innumerable music trends. Rooted from the first wave of punk and spreading to the ‘90s riot grrrl acts Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney, JOAN JETT’s influence has prevailed through the decades.

And what do you do when Britney Spears throws it all to shambles by doing an obnoxiously over-produced cover of your most famous song? "You keep making music," said JOAN JETT. "Otherwise, life gets boring."

I wanted to ask you about your song "Naked" on SINNER. What does it mean personally to you?
It’s about self inquiry, introspection, and the desires of your own self. Being naked to yourself is knowing the truth about yourself.


Music Connection Magazine - JOAN JETT

Click to enlarge When her first band the RUNAWAYS dissolved in the late 70’s, Joan Marie Jett faced a stone-cold reality that all struggling artists can relate to –– no label would touch her. So Jett started her own label and has never looked back, selling 30 million albums and garnering a clutch of top 10 singles including her monster hit, "I Love Rock and Roll," the 27th most popular single ever. JOAN JETT did not write that tune, but her unique prowess as a performer has allowed her to make a song her own. Busy as ever, Jett headlined this summer’s Warped Tour, issued a new album, SINNER, and is celebrating the 25th anniversary of her Blackheart label with the re-issue of her entire catalog.

Music Connection: This will be your fourth Music Connection cover. There was 1983, 1988, 1994 and now 2006.
Wow, that’s amazing! Thank you, Music Connection. I remember being on the cover a few times, but I had no idea it was that many, so that’s cool.

MC: You’re also celebrating the 25th anniversary of your label, BLACKHEART RECORDS; is there vindication in lasting this long?
Yes. But you have to remember, we started Blackheart out of necessity. KENNY LAGUNA [manager/co-writer/producer] sent out a tape to all the majors and the minors, and no one wanted to touch me. I’m saying, after they listened to a demo of "Bad Reputation," "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)," "Crimson and Clover," and "I Love Rock and Roll." Now either that tells you that they can’t hear hits, or they don’t listen to the music that people give them –– either way it was pretty scary. We got 23 rejection letters and we saved them all! We were forced to create Blackheart because we were the only ones interested in pressing my records.


Sauce Magazine - Top 10 Picks for October
from:, St Louis

1. Andre Williams and the Diplomats of Solid Sound: Oct. 20 – Blueberry Hill The "Bacon Fat" king returns with a soul-slammin’ ’60s workout of his stylish collection of sexy, smart R&B and dirty soul. Williams delivers the goods, making you crave affection but settle for sex instead. Dig why soul-stompers worldwide gather ’round the Andre sound!

2. JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS and Eagles of Death Metal: Oct. 27 – Mississippi Nights Her scintillating rock ’n’ roll highness is packin’ big things: a new CD that strikes a sweet balance between the Ramones’ gut-bomb energy and overtly political tunes. Get on your knees and kiss her ring. Eagles of Death Metal let the freak flag wave with epic stoner rock that’ll liquefy your kidney stones.

3. Blue Man Group: Oct. 21 – Scottrade Center Updated Devoists whose jittery steps, spooky stares and electronic beats equate into hectic states of cerebral dance-floor mania. Has anyone seen XTC’s Andy Partridge’s masterful songwriting abilities of late? We thought not. That darn Blue Man Group!


The Rake So Little Time... STRAIGHT TALK JOAN JETT

JOAN JETT, the tough-talking broad who once screeched "I don’t give a damn about my reputation," has been canonized by an entire generation of she-rockers. Everyone from Courtney Love to PJ Harvey cites her as a muse. And while Jett’s career has recently detoured through acting gigs and reworking some of her standards for movie projects, she and her BLACKHEARTS have recently been touring in support of an all-new record, SINNER, which was ten years in the making. Jett gave us a ring one recent afternoon to chat about her music, her career, and the current climate for women in rock.

So, after ten years with no album, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS are back with SINNER. What’s the deal with the name?

It’s really just a reflection of the times we’re living in. Everyone seems to be on one side or the other, and so it’s kind of interesting to realize that morality is so subjective. For example, a lot of people might judge me based on who I am, based on the way I look or whatever. But underneath, they may not know anything about me. But it’s not just with me. I’m thinking about other people, too, and my judgments of them.




Well, I liked JOAN JETT back in the day. I didn't actually know she was still making music. I was never really into real hard music, but I liked her radio stuff, just like everyone else did.

The opening track, "Riddles" has a great theme (IMHO) and the end of the song which has a clip of our current leader stumbling over one of the most well-known clichéd phrases in our language is downright scary. However, I find the melody a bit trite and boring. The more I hear it the less I like it. But I am still glad she wrote it because of the theme. I want everyone to hear it and sing along.

In fact, I'm not sure if JOAN JETT was ever really known for her melodies. They're all pretty repetitive, but they're sure played with enthusiasm! That's got to count or something, right? Some are stand outs, but mostly they all sound very similar to each other. But I guess if you've found your niche why mess with it.

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