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

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  • Joan Jett and the Blackhearts have to be one of the best kept secrets in rock music. This selection has their best known songs, including their only real “hit”, I LOVE ROCK AND ROLL, from way back in 1982. If you’ve never heard the songs here, consider yourself deprived.A marvelously insouciant set, starting with “Bad Reputation”. At the time it was written, Joan Jett was fresh out of The Runaways — no contest here, they were [and remain] the all time best ‘chick band’ in rock history. And it gets better from there; with killer versions of “RoadRunner” (the song by The Modern Lovers, not the old Junior Walker tune of the same name), and “Cherry Bomb” [a Runaways tune], along with some movie songs; “Light of Day” and “Love Is all Around”. In between, there are some really great (but rarely-heard-on-radio) songs by The Blackhearts, including “I hate Myself For Loving You”, and of course “I Love Rock and Roll”. After listening to this CD, it ooccured to me that it really belongs on a 100-best-of-all-time list (where it could displace one of the obvious-filler CD’s that’s usually put on such lists).Dave Marsh’s liner notes got it right: Joan Jett is the female Chuck Berry.

    Posted on January 8, 2010