Thursday, May 14, 2015

Retro Video of the Week: "Bad Reputation" by Joan Jett

Last night, I had the pleasure of seeing Joan Jett & The Blackhearts open up for The Who.  Both bands kicked what I would call major ass.  Jett is as hardcore and feisty as ever, and her set definitely ramped up the crowd.  In honor of her continuing ability to rock, here is her video to "Bad Reputation," a punkish, ballsy rocker off of Jett's debut solo album.  This was the first of her solo songs to make any chart, as it hit #48 on the Billboard US Rock Albums and Top Tracks charts.  VH1 named "Bad Reputation" the 29th best hard rock song of all-time several years ago.  

While the song was originally released in 1980, the video must have been made at some point after March 20, 1982, since it references "I Love Rock and Roll" being #1 on the Billboard charts (which occurred March 20-May 1, 1982).  The video references how Jett's debut album was rejected by 23 record labels, causing her to form her own label, Blackheart Records, and release it herself. Because she's a total badass.

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