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1979 to 1989

Joan Jett unarguably was the Punk element within the infamous THE RUNAWAYS, the all female Rock band managed by svengali KIM FOWLEY that shot the girl to international recognition. In spite of the impact made by THE RUNAWAYS it has only really been Jett and LITA FORD from the band that have broken away into successful solo careers. Jett in particular will be forever known for her global hits of the mid 80's most well known being 'I Love Rock 'n Roll', her perennial trademark track which encompassed the globe and has seen numerous charting re-releases.

JETT's career took an upward turn when she hooked up with new manager Kenny Laguna. Her 1981 album, 'I Love Rock n' Roll' went mega platinum off the back of the title track, which hit Number One in America and was equally a huge hit in Europe. The title track held onto the US number one spot for a tenacious eight weeks building album sales up to the ten million marker. 'Crimson And Clover' would chart too and her version of GARY GLITTER's 'Do You Wanna Touch Me? (Oh Yeah!)' also scored well on radio. Of note is that the original pressing of the record included the seasonal Christmas song 'Little Drummer Boy', replaced on re-pressings by 'Oh Woe Is Me'.

1983's follow up, simply entitled 'Album', also sold well, boosted by a rash of hit singles with 'Fake Friends' and 'Everyday People'. Spanish variants of the 1984 'Glorious Results Of A Mispent Youth' opus would be retitled 'I Need Someone'. Jett took out a lawsuit against 'Playboy' magazine for publishing a nude photo that the title claimed was of Joan pictured in a bathtub. The identity of the female in question later turned out to allegedly be ex-THE RUNAWAYS bassist Laurie MaCallister.

Joan contributed 'Gotcha Where I Want Ya' to the soundtrack album of 1985's 'Gotcha' movie. The album was issued through Curb / MCA Records.

The 1987 album 'Good Music' caught Jett paying homage to her mentors. Included are covers of the BEACH BOYS 'Fun, Fun, Fun', featuring backing vocals from the BEACH BOYS themselves, and JONATHAN RICHMAN's 'Roadrunner'. For this latter song the band re-recorded the vocals no less than 60 times to include reference's to different US cities. This resulted in a swathe of localised radio promo releases. Whilst the album itself was not particularly successful, Jett contented herself with winning her first acting role in the Michael J. Fox movie 'Light Of Day'. The title track, a Jett composition, cracked the Top 40 in the wake of the film's good reviews.

The 1988 album 'Up Your Alley', marking the introduction of new studio rhythm section bassist Kasim Sulton and drummer Thommy Price, boasted ex-ROLLING STONES guitarist Mick Taylor on the opening track 'I Hate Myself For Loving You', a Desmond Child co-write and another international hit which broke the top ten in the USA. The follow up 'Little Liar' would also fare well, going top twenty and pushing 'Up Your Alley' into the million seller league. Besides her outing with The Blackhearts, Joan also racked up a fairly lengthy list of contributions to records by other artists. Those on her CV included THE BANGLES' "Hazy Shade Of Winter', KEEL's 'Final Frontier', DESMOND CHILD's 'Discipline' and she also co-wrote 'House Of Fire' with ALICE COOPER.

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Discography

Album


SINNER 2006

NAKED 2004

FETISH 1999

PURE AND SIMPLE 1994

NOTORIOUS 1992

THE HIT LIST 1990

UP YOUR ALLEY 1988

GOOD MUSIC 1987

GLORIOUS RESULTS OF MISPENT YOUTH 1984

ALBUM 1983

BAD REPUTATION 1981

I LOVE ROCK N’ ROLL 1981

JOAN JETT 1980

Single/EP


Warped Tour Bootleg Series 2006 2006

Sinner 2006

Cherry Bomb (Live) 2002

Unfinished Business 2000

Selections From: We Will Fall The Iggy Pop Tribute 1998

Love Is All Around 1996

1979 1995

Spinster 1994

I Love Rock & Roll 1994

Eye To Eye 1994

As I Am 1994

Treadin' Water 1992

Don't Surrender (Extended Mix) 1992

I Love Rock n' Roll 92 1992

Backlash 1991

Don't Surrender 1991

Dirty Deeds (Done Dirt Cheap) 1990

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (Extended Version) 1990

Love Hurts 1990

Dirty Deeds 1989

Little Liar 1988

Little Liar (Baby Tush Mix) 1988

She's Lost You 1988

I Hate Myself For Loving You 1988

Light Of Day 1987

Good Music 1986

Cherry Bomb 1985

I Love You Love Me Love 1984

I Need Someone 1984

New Orleans 1984

Fake Friends 1983

The French Song 1983

Coney Island Whitefish 1983

Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah) 1982

(Do You Wanna) Touch Me (Oh Yeah) 1982

Everyday People 1982

Nag 1982

You Don’t Know What You’ve Got 1982

I Love Rock 'n' Roll 1982

Crimson And Clover 1981

I Love Rock n’ Roll 1981

I Love Rock n' Roll 1981

You Don't Know What You've Got 1980

Make Believe 1980

Bad Reputation 1980

You Don't Know What You Got 1980

Jezebel 1980

You Don’t Own Me 1979

Visual


HARD PROOF 2005

REAL WILD CHILD - THE VIDEO ANTHOLOGY 2003

LIVE! 2001

BOOGIE BOY 1998

THE JETT AGE PART 2 1995

THE JETT AGE 1992

LIGHT OF DAY 1987

duBEAT-e-o 1984

Compilation


FIT TO BE TIED: GREAT HITS BY JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS 2004

JETT ROCK : GREATEST HITS OF JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS 2003

FIT TO BE TIED: GREATEST HITS BY JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS 1997

FLASHBACK 1996

GREAT HITS 1996

DO YOU WANNA TOUCH ME 1993

ReIssue


I LOVE ROCK N' ROLL 2006

BAD REPUTATION 2006

FIT TO BE TIED 2006

NOTORIOUS 2004

UP YOUR ALLEY 2004

FLASHBACK 2004

THE HIT LIST 2004

PURE AND SIMPLE 2004

I LOVE ROCK N’ ROLL 2004

Promotion


Change the World 2006

SINNER 2006

A.C.D.C. 2006

A.C.D.C. EP 2006

USA 2002

The Word 2002

Bad Reputation the Theme from Freaks and Geeks 2000

Fetish 1999

Love Is All Around 1996

Let's Do It 1995

Spirit Of '73 1995

Eye To Eye 1994

Go Home 1994

As I Am 1994

I Love Rock & Roll 1993

Flashback Sampler 1993

THE JETT AGE 1992

Have You Ever Seen The Rain? 1992

Don't Surrender (Triple Play) 1991

Don't Surrender 1991

Backlash 1991

Machismo 1991

The Only Good Thing (You Ever Said Was Goodbye) 1991

Love Hurts 1990

Dirty Deeds 1989

Little Liar 1988

Little Liar (Baby Tush Mix) 1988

I Hate Myself For Loving You 1988

Light Of Day 1987

Roadrunner 1986

Roadrunner (Alaska) 1986

Roadrunner (Denver) 1986

Roadrunner (Philadelphia) 1986

Roadrunner (Los Angeles) 1986

Roadrunner (San Diego) 1986

Good Music 1986

Roadrunner (Detroit) 1986

Roadrunner (Dallas/Fort Worth) 1986

Roadrunner (Chicago) 1986

Roadrunner (Cleveland) 1986

I Love You Love 1984

I Love You Love Me Love 1984

Everyday People 1983

Handyman 1983

Fake Friends 1983

I Love Rock n' Roll 1982

I Love Rock 'N Roll 1982

Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah) 1982

I Love Rock n’ Roll 1982

Crimson And Clover 1982

Summertime Blues 1982

(Do You Wanna) Touch Me (Oh Yeah) 1982

Victim Of Circumstance 1982

Little Drummer Boy 1981

You Don't Own Me 1981

Rarity


UNRELEASED 2001

I NEED SOMEONE 1984

Archive


An Interview With Joan Jett 1982

I LOVE PLAYING WITH FIRE 1982