Joan Jett and The Blackhearts Bad Reputation Nation

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Page updated on October 31, 2008
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The PETA Files I'd Give a Paycheck to Rock Like JOAN JETT!

Well hot diggity, she's done it again! The world's original female rock star has kindly chosen to use her powers for good by taking the time to shoot a new PSA for us. Just in case you hadn't heard, in addition to being a trailblazing icon, Joan is also an outspoken animal rights activist (not to mention that I've had my hair blown back by her bangin' music).

The Songwriting Hall of Famer doesn't just toss us a bone now and again by lending us her celebrity; this vegan actually talks about animal rights to every interviewer and audience that will listen. Her refreshing outlook and activism include a passion for the environment as well. Her latest CD, SINNER (which is rockin' in my earphones right now), actually comes to you loud and direct in 100 percent recycled packaging.

Because she gets the big picture, she's obviously the perfect candidate to give a spiel about why going vegetarian is most important favor we can do for the only planet we have. Check out the snappy, fact-filled veggie testimonial she did for us here:

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You can also view our awesome behind-the-scenes interview with Joan here:

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JOAN JETT coming to UNI
Rock legend will perform Oct. 31


She has been a pop star since the age of 15. She has built a stellar career on classic hits like "I Love Rock N' Roll" and "Bad Reputation." Her BLACKHEARTS Record Label produces some of the best indie rock of today and she is coming to the University of Northern Iowa on Halloween night. She has left her mark on pop culture forever, but the majority of the students here at UNI don't know who she is.

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS will be performing at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on Oct. 31 at 9 p.m. Jett's success and musical style has influenced a myriad of contemporary acts. Not only has she succeeded in the rock n' roll industry, she has succeeded in a field dominated by men, a rare feat in punk circles.

Jett founded her first band, the RUNAWAYS in her teen years. The RUNAWAYS were an all-girl punk rock band influenced by other acts like The Ramones and The Kinks.


Bad Reputation - JOAN JETT - Rock Band
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low resolution image Not Enlargeable Difficulty
Guitar: Two stars
Vocals: Four stars
Drums: Five stars
Bass: Two stars
Band: Four stars
Release Year: 1980
Genre: Punk
Type: RB2
Released: 9/14/08

The Story
When this song was recorded in 1979, JOAN JETT was barely 21 and already a punk-rock veteran. As a teenager, she'd been recruited by the notorious LA impresario Kim Fowley to be part of the all-teen girl band, the RUNAWAYS (inspired by singer Cherie Currie, Jett co-wrote the RUNAWAYS' anthem "Cherry Bomb").

Like many early punk bands, the RUNAWAYS scared off as many people as they attracted, but they left their mark; the opening band on their last US tour was the Ramones. Jett eventually took over as the RUNAWAYSÕ leader and singer, so making a solo album was no big stretch.


Repo! The Genetic Opera Sountrack Review
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low resolution image Not Enlargeable May Nathan Wallace take anyone's eyes out who hasn't yet seen the heart-pumping, blood-red, Hellraiser-meets-Rent body bag bonanza provocatively titled, Repo! The Genetic Opera. But may he take the ears and eyes of anyone who hasn't even heard it yet.

Why? Because Repo's a movie that's all about the music. It's a manic musical operation that just gets under the skin, only to blow its way out like so many incredible acoustic hemorrhages. It's so good it doesn't need the whole movie to work, the soundtrack puts its hooks in like metal into skin.

Repo! The Genetic Opera is a brilliantly outlandish patchwork of bruised gothic beats, razor-wire ballads and post-apocalyptic chorales, all stitched together in rigorously operatic tapestry, which in toto is so irreverently distinctive as to almost defy classification. Each track screams aggressively to be "its own thing," yet when united under their grisly theme, comes together as a kind of aural Frankenstein mosaic, a monster of sound and fury that's certainly like no rock opera before it. Repo is science-fiction at its most obscene and horror at its most lyrical. It's lurid, silly, wild, a little retarded, and it'll kill ya; but in a good way.


Prime Time Calendar the week Oct. 1, 2008

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, perform their greatest hits at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, at The Community Theater, Mayo Center for the Performing Arts, 100 South St., Morristown. JOAN JETT was in her early teens when she founded the all-girl rock group, The RUNAWAYS. Her next group, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, sold millions of albums, has been a staple on the Top 10 charts and claims the number 28 song of all time, "I Love Rock n' Roll." As an actress, she has appeared in the Michael J. Fox film, Light of Day and on Broadway in The Rocky Horror Show. JOAN JETT is the first female rock artist to own her own record label and has set a standard for women in the industry. Tickets are $42 to $57. Call 973-539-8008 or visit

Catch Repo The Genetic Opera's soundtrack listening party on AOL

REPO! The Genetic Opera Soundtrack is now available digitally. The Rock Opera's soundtrack is blazing up the charts debuting on Amazon Top Soundtracks at #16 and on iTunes Top Soundtracks Chart at #15. Repo! The Genetic Opera Soundtrack features vocal performances by an amazing cast; Paris Hilton, Bill Moseley, Sarah Brightman, Anthony Stewart Head, Alexa Vega, Paul Sorvino, Ohgr and more.

This week AOL is home to the Full CD Exclusive Listening Party where all can listen to the album streaming in its entirety until 11:59 PM October 5th

Darren Smith explains, "In our twisted minds, we envisioned Pavarotti tenors belting out arias over a wall of industrial noise, while simultaneously hacking off body parts."


The Nightcrawler weighs in on his picks for 10 of the most influential people in Valley music.

Click to enlarge Almost anyone can put their finger on the pulse of the local music scene if they really want to get out there and put the time in. The following people have their digits firmly planted on the radio knobs, computer keyboards and dayrunners that get bands around these parts seen and heard.

Granted, there are undoubtedly other worthy candidates that for whatever reason did not surface on this year's relevance radar. Then again, perhaps these omissions are counterbalanced by the others we do know about who always demur from such public displays as editorial selections (and you know who you are!). So without further ado, here are 10 of the most influential people in the Valley music scene in 2008Ñsubmitted for your enlightenment, in no particular order.

Julie Rader
Vice President of Promotion, BLACKHEART RECORDS
Many were the top-10 candidates that retraced their career paths by leafing through scrapbooks, photos and otherwise jogging their memories. As Julie Rader recounted her journey through countless labels in New York back in the day, however, the proven promoter/publicist had the benefit of some visual aids not normally found around these parts.


Outlaw Biker #173

Click to enlarge JOAN JETT'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY. It's been 2 decades since she graced the cover of our rag and now sheÕs back-hotter 'n ever! Plus our end of the summer round up of the biggest & best biker bashes, awesome custom rides, chicks, jokes, etc.

Repo! The Genetic Opera Goes Digital

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Soundtrack to new sci-fi rock opera available for download.

September 29, 2008 - The original motion picture soundtrack to Repo! The Genetic Opera was released digitally September 30th.

The album, features lyrics and music written by Darren Smith and Terrance Zdunich. Additionally, Japanese musician and composer Yoshiki Haysahi (of the legendary rock band X-Japan) co-produced the music with Joe Bishara.

As for the music in on the soundtrack, it features the vocal stylistics of Paul Sorvino, Alexa Vega, Paris Hilton, Anthony Head, Bill Mosely, Ogre, Terrance Zdunich and Sarah Brightman, (plus a cameo by JOAN JETT) as well as mucial accompaniement from the likes of Richard Patrick (Filter), Steven Perkins (Jane's Addiction), Clown (Slipknot), Ray Luzier (Army of Anyone), Brian Young (David Lee Roth's band), Richard Fortus (Guns & Roses), Sonny Moore (First to Last), David J (Bauhaus/Love & Rockets), Daniel Ash (Love & Rockets), Blasko (Ozzy Osborne), Tommy Clefetus (Rob Zombie's band), Melora Creager (Rasputina). Also lending her voice to the soundtrack is the edgy pop star Poe.

Repo! The Genetic Opera - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be released digitally on September 30th. The film is set to hit select cities on November 7th. A double disc DVD/CD combo of the film and soundtrack is scheduled to be released in early 2009.

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