Joan Jett was originally a member of the all-female 70’s rock band The Runaways.

After The Runaways split, Jett formed new band Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. She had a hard time getting signed due to many in the music world thinking of The Runaways being a novelty act.

Undaunted, she and manager Kenny Laguna formed Blackheart Records to release her music on.

This led to the release of her first two albums, “Bad Reputation” and “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”, the title track of the latter becoming her biggest hit of all-time. Other tracks that became popular singles on these discs included “Crimson & Clover” and “Do You Wanna Touch Me? (Oh Yeah!)”. The song “Bad Reputation” was popular as well, and enjoyed a second wave of popularity when it was used as the title track for the short-lived TV series “Freaks & Geeks”.

Forced label changes in the 80’s led to a decline in popularity. Despite the follow-up albums “Album” and “Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth” being praised by her devout fans, neither got the attention or radio play the first two albums received.

Another forced label change led to the release of “Good Music”. The album only spawned two minor singles which received little airplay. This label decided the band had to either take in outside help or they would lose their contract.

And so they did. Popular songwriter/producer Desmond Child was brought in, resulting in the release of album “Up Your Alley”. This album brought the band a resurgence in popularity, with top 10 singles “I Hate Myself for Loving You” and “Little Liar”.

This return to the spotlight would be short-lived, however. Follow-up album “The Hit List”, an all-cover songs release, spawned only a minor hit with Jett’s version of AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds”.

1991 and 1994 had two more releases, “Notorious” and “Pure & Simple”. But radio had started looking to grunge by this time, and neither album got the attention they deserved.

While a slew of hits packages, some with an occasional new or previously unreleased track were released following this, it would be 10 years before a new studio album would appear.

This would be 2004’s “Naked”, and thus far has been a Japan-only release. The album sees Jett returning to a more raw and experimental sound, closer to that of her first 4 releases than the polished material that began with “Good Music”.

Failing to get “Naked” released in other markets, Jett released on a more international level “Sinner” in 2006. This album featured many remixed tracks from “Naked”, and a complete rewrite of “Stuck in the Middle” to new version “Riddles”. Lead-off single and video was a cover of “A.C.D.C.” by Sweet.

Edited by HairMetalAddict on 17 Apr 2007, 05:36

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