Joan Jett was in many ways the polar opposite of Lita Ford in her musical influences and style. Where Lita was heavy metal, Joan was more punk rock and old school rock ‘n’ roll. These differences worked well in the context of The Runaways, but by the time that band broke up, the two guitar playing ladies had figured out that their paths were to go down separate roads. Bad Reputation was Joan’s debut album. It was originally released as a self titled record in 1980 and did well enough that it was re-released as Bad Reputation in 1981. By that time she had released I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll, and since it was such an enormous hit, her record company dug into Bad Reputation and made the title track and Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah) into hits. too. Those are my favorite songs from the album. The song Bad Reputation in particular sums up Joan Jett perfectly for me…all attitude and sneering, reckless youthful abandon. Joan always sounds like she means it and that appeals to me greatly. Not every great singer has that, and Joan Jett has an enormous supply of it. I hope she continues her path of showing women the power and beauty of confidence for many years to come.
Written By Braddon S. Williams