I Love Rock and Roll – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Posted on July 30, 2011

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - I Love Rock and RollThe opening article on this blog was called Queen Meets Waynes World and was basically Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. So in a way this is the 2nd time I have a featured a track from a common source, although this time it is the film ‘Waynes World’, and rather than Queen it is the fabulous Joan Jett and her Blackhearts performing ‘I Love Rock and Roll‘.

Originally written in 1975 by Alan Merrill and Jake Hooker of Arrows, who also recorded the first released version of the track. It only really made to the big time however when Joan and the Blackhearts did a cover in 1981 which went platinum. But there is another twist to the tale because the video shown here is the version of the song used as part of the Wayne’s World 2 soundtrack in 1993. There are several scenes from the movie with Mike Myers and Dana Carvey mixed with Joan and her band playing in a concert. This sort of follows the approach used in the original Waynes World where Bohemian Rhapsody proved such a big success, both for the film and for Queen. So it is fair to say that cover versions of ‘I Love Rock and Roll’ have been a lot more successful than the original Arrows version. Well it might be fair to say it, but its not particularly fair for the Arrows, unless they got royalties of course.

Now I have to be honest with you, I haven’t actually bought an album of Joan Jett’s, well not yet anyway. But looking down the list of their Greatest Hits below, there are another one or two that definitely used to get an airing at some point in the local discos we used to frequent as teenagers and in our early twenties. I Love Rock and Roll is probably the most recognisable, but ‘ Do You Wanna Touch Me’ was definitely up there along with it. Anyway I guess I need to get the album to see which other ones I can remember, but the one I will never forget is ‘I Love Rock and Roll’, classic.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts – Greatest Hits

1. Cherry Bomb 2:33
2. You Drive Me Wild 3:52
3. School Days 3:02
4. Love Is Pain 3:30
5. Bad Reputation 2:47
6. You Don’t Know What You’ve Got 3:42
7. I Want You 2:42
8. I Love Rock N’ Roll 2:55
9. (I’m Gonna) Run Away 2:28
10. Crimson and Clover 3:16
11. Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah) 3:43
12. The French Song 3:35
13. Everyday People 2:39
14. Fake Friends 3:16
15. Light of Day 3:31
16. I Hate Myself For Loving You 4:07
17. Backlash 3:28
18. Activity Grrrl 3:27
19. Love Is All Around 1:00
20. Androgynous 3:08
21. A.C.D.C. 3:24

Queen Meets Waynes World AKA Bohemian Rhapsody

Posted on May 02, 2010

So what should your first ever post be on your brand new blog that is all about music. Do you go very latest up to date and cutting edge? Or do you go for a little bit of nostalgia with a promise to get up to date very quickly. Well I decided on the nostalgia approach, so this is the first track from my teenage years that really made me think I want to hear some more of that. I had finally found something that I really liked.

Up until then I was pretty much going with my peers and if they liked Bowie, I liked Bowie. Trouble was Bowie didn’t really do it for me entirely, it was OK but once I heard one or two of his tracks I would get very bored and be looking for something else to listen to.

No such confusion with Queen, they blew me away immediately when I heard Bohemian Rhapsody for the first time circa 1975. I promptly went in search of more of this music and found they had actually released a couple of albums before they released Bohemian Rhapsody, which of course I still have in their original vinyl  form.

Back to Bohemian Rhapsody however, Queen broke all the rules with the length of this track, there was a generally accepted rule of thumb that any track should not be more than a couple of minutes long, but Bohemian Rhapsody cashed in at an amazing 5 minutes and 55 seconds plus it was accompanied with an amazing video which was also considered to be a ground breaking move by the band.

Rather fitting I thought to feature the video that helped Queen to break through in the United States. After the track was featured in the Movie ‘Waynes World’, Bohemian Rhapsody reached number 2 in the American charts in 1992. The previous attempt in 1976 had peaked at number 9.

It was number 1 in the UK in 1975 around Christmas and stayed there for 9 weeks. Following the death of Freddy Mercury, which renewed interest in the single, it eventually became the 3rd best selling UK single of all time.

OK its a bit dated but not a bad start for an old fart who loves his music, new and old. Like I said I promise to get the new stuff posted very soon. In the meantime, feel free to comment and let me know who or what your favorites are.