Music Monday – The Queen of Rock

The first time I recall hearing Joan Jett was in El Paso in 1982.  The stations I listened to back then were KINT 98 FM and the Big 600 AM.  They played the hits of the day, including Pac-Man Fever, Valley Girl, and other, much better Eighties music, including I Love Rock & Roll by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.  An instant classic, it was so different from the other music on the radio then, as far as I remember.  Hard rockin’ with catchy, chant-like chorus, and Joan Jett, a female, singing lead.  While still not quite the norm for rock, it was rare back then.  And Joan rocked it hard…and she still does.
I Love Rock & Roll(released 1982, peaked #1 US [for seven weeks], #1 US Rock)
Billboard’s #56 song of all time, as of July 2011
I Hate Myself For Loving You(released 1988, peaked #8 US, #20 US Rock)
Crimson and Clover
(released 1982, peaked #7 US, #6 US Rock)
Joan can also take someone else’s music and turn out great versions of those songs in her own sound…which she technically did with I Love Rock & Roll and Crimson and Clover.  Here are a few from her cover album, The Hit List, released in 1990
Love Hurts, originally by Nazreth
Have You Ever Seen The Rain, originally by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Dirty Deeds, originally by AC/DC
(peaked #36 US, #23 US Rock)
Joan’s still rocking today and still working the Blackheart Records, the label she and Jeff Laguna started over 25 years ago.
Somehow, Joan Jett failed to get into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. She certainly deserves a spot there.
Joan Jett’s site:  www.joanjett.com
I would love to see her live.
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