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Bad Reputation (Remastered)

Joan Jett

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Album Review

Joan Jett's debut album is an infectious romp through her influences, ranging from classic '50s and '60s rock & roll through glam rock, three-chord loud'n'fast Ramones punk, and poppier new wave guitar rock. Half the songs on the original album (not counting bonus tracks on the remastered reissue) are covers, but whether it's Lesley Gore's feminist girl-group anthem "You Don't Own Me" (featuring the Sex Pistols' Steve Jones and Paul Cook) or a roaring version of Gary Glitter's "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)," Jett makes them all work. The production can be a little weak in spots, but Jett's exuberance and tough-girl attitude overcome most deficiencies. Plus, the title track is a classic. [The 2006 reissue has five bonus tracks, including a live version of "Bad Repuation" as well as enhanced material consisting of live footage of "Shout" and "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)" shot in the early '80s and "Bad Reputation" from a 1998 show.]

Biography

Born: 22 September 1958 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

By playing pure and simple rock & roll without making an explicit issue of her gender, Joan Jett became a figurehead for several generations of female rockers. Jett's brand of rock & roll is loud and stripped-down, yet with overpowering hooks — a combination of the Stones' tough, sinewy image and beat, AC/DC chords, and glam rock hooks. As the numerous covers she has recorded show, she adheres both to rock tradition and breaks with it — she plays classic three-chord rock &...
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