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Fit To Be Tied: Joan Jett & The Blackhearts (Bonus Enhanced Footage)

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  • Overachieving is defined as doing better than you are capable of. Of course this always flies in the face of the person judging the overachiever, as it’s their fault they UNDERestimated the person in the first place. I mention all of this babble because I just saw Joan Jett perform a few days ago, dusted off this cd, and because of both events, had a pretty good weekend.I mention overachieving because who wudda thunk that she would have produced such a good body of work in her career. This is someone who emerged in the music scene as part of an all-girl band (The Runaways) that was famous more for their looks than rocking ability. She goes off on her own, with no high expecatations, writes a bona fide rock-and-roll anthem, becomes the darling of bikers everywhere, and the rest is history. But unlike, say, Don McClean, who also wrote his bonafide anthem, and not that much more, Jett has a handful of other songs besides “I Love Rock N Roll” that are just as delightful to hear. “Bad Reputation”, Do You Wanna Touch…”, and “I Hate Myself For Loving You” are all numbers that sound great over and over again. These are not complex songs (back to that overachieving again), and they get your attention more my banging you over the head more than their musical virtuosity, but that’s what rock and roll is all about. Finally, throw in a couple of great covers, and you’ve got a gal who can live off her body of work for many years to come. “Crimson and Clover” is ok, “Everyday People” is fabulous, and who would have thought somebody could make a great rocker out of the theme from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (“Love is all Around”). More artists should overachieve this well.

    Posted on January 8, 2010