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Song of the Day: “Bad Reputation” by Joan Jett

Bad_reputation_-_joan_jett,_1981In honor of Joan Jett’s birthday today, the song of the day is “Bad Reputation”. Joan Jett wrote this song with Kenny Laguna, who produced the album and helped her establish a solo career after her group, The Runaways, broke up. In a Songfacts interview with Laguna, he said: “It’s about Joan having been kind of a wild woman in The Runaways, and us trying to make a record deal, going around having people say, ‘No, she’s too crazy, like the punks and nazis.’ Joan had this bad reputation, no label would sign her – that’s why we own the records. It was so frustrating, we thought we should write a song about it. One day Joan said something and I said, ‘You shouldn’t do this.’ I was trying to give her the advice of an old man, but she was a teenager at the time, and she says, ‘Look, I don’t care about my bad reputation.’ I said, ‘Whoa, there’s the song.'”

Speaking with Rolling Stone in 2022, Jett talked about her bad reputation. “I always wore it as a badge of honor,” she said. “Because what people were saying to me was I had a bad reputation because I played an electric guitar and I had black hair and a leather jacket, and maybe I swore… So I turned around the meaning of it, and I’m proud of my bad reputation.”

This song made a very bold statement, establishing Jett as an independent-minded rocker with no concern for traditional gender roles in rock. Her co-writer Kenny Laguna told us: “‘I don’t give a damn about my reputation, it’s a new generation,’ that was the whole thing, a girl could do what she wants to do. When she was singing those lyrics, it was radical because there were no girls doing anything other than what they were supposed to do, they were all supposed to be like the girl groups. They were supposed to be dainty, wear dresses. They weren’t supposed to play instruments. The song was definitely autobiographical.”

This anthem for any punk, freak, or misfit, only charted moderately upon release (however, it peaked at number eight on the Billboard Japan Hot 100). This is unsurprising as Joan Jett was ahead if her time. However, this is one of Jett’s signature songs, and had a bit of a resurgence as it was the theme song of the incredible television show Freaks and Geeks, which ran for only one season, from 1999-2000.

Joan Jett is a pioneer and icon who is still rocking today!

Return to the ’80s Trivia – 4/26/21

rtt80s trivia

Question: What series aired episodes titled, It’s a Wonderful Job, Fetal Attraction, and I Am Curious…Maddie?

Last Question: In Light of Day, who played siblings and band mates Joe and Patti Rasnick?

Answer: Michael J. Fox and Joan Jett


Remember That Song – 3/5/20

Can you name the artist and song:

There is no monopoly on common sense
On either side of the political fence
We share the same biology, regardless of ideology

Last Song: “I Love Rock ‘N Roll” by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts from the album I Love Rock ‘N Roll (1982)

Great job Adora (@Adora2000) and Lynne (@LynneAshton2)!!!

The beat was goin’ strong
Playin’ my favorite song

If you’d like to get this song from Amazon, you can click on the album cover below:

Remember That Song: 1/25/13

Can you name the artist and song:

No one gets lucky till luck comes along
Nobody’s lonely till somebody’s gone

Last Song: “Bad Reputation” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Great job Kickin’ It Old School (@oldschool80s)!!

You’re living in the past it’s a new generation
A girl can do what she wants to do and that’s
What I’m gonna do

Remember That Song: 10/5/12

Can you name the artist and song:

Although I have to go
It makes me feel like crying
I don’t know when I’ll see you again

Last Song: “Bad Reputation” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts:

An’ I’m only doin’ good
When I’m havin’ fun
An’ I don’t have to please no one

Remember That Song? – 1/23/12

Can you name the song and artist, and complete the lyrics:

I want to squeeze you, please you, I just can’t get enough
And if you ____ ____ ____ _ ___ __ __

Last Song: “Crimson and Clover” originally by Tommy James and the Shondells, then redone by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts:

Ah when she comes walking over
Now I’ve been waitin’ to show her

Tommy James and the Shondells

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Remember That Song? – 9/23/11

Can you name the artist and song and complete the lyrics:

You get to talk to a pretty girl.
She’s everything you dream about
___ ____ ____ __ ____

Last Song: “Crimson and Clover” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Ah, now I don’t hardly know her
But I think I could love her
Crimson and Clover

Hits of 1982 – Horrible and Great

On March 13, 2009, Stuck in the 80s released their Horrible Hits of 1982 Podcast (Episode 159). Here is their list:

10. Ebony and Ivory – Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
9. Hurt So Good – John Cougar
8. Waiting for a Girl Like You – Foreigner
7. Even the Nights Are Better – Air Supply
6. Love in the First Degree – Alabama
5. Blue Eyes – Elton John
4. Waiting on a Friend – The Rolling Stones
3. Young Turks – Rod Stewart
2. Hooked On America – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
1. Gloria – Laura Branigan

You can see the top 100 hits from Billboard that year.

Here is my top 5 (or worst 5) of Horrible songs from that year.

5. Waiting for a Girl Like You – Foreigner

I love Foreigner, but this is one of my least favorite songs by them. It’s too slow, boring, and whiny.
People tend to trash “I Want to Know What Love Is”, but at least that song has a choir to lift things up a little. I definitely prefer their rock songs, such as “Juke Box Hero”, “Long, Long Way From Home”, and “Feels Liek the First Time”. They should stay away from ballads. The only exception is “With Heaven On Our Side”.

4. Harden My Heart – Quarterflash

This is one of the most overplayed ’80s songs out there. I’ve heard this song more in the past couple of years than I did during the entire ’80s decade! And it’s not even on my iPod! This may not have made the list if it were not so overplayed. This song is a little to slow for me, but not slow enough to be a good ballad. I can’t change the station fast enough when it comes on the radio.

3. Chariots of Fire – Vangelis

This instrumental was a humongous hit. It was alright, but I think I will punish it for being associated with one of the most boring and overrated movies of all time. The movie won the Academy Award for Best Picture, which proves my point. The song also won an Academy Award for Best Original Score. So I guess I’m supposed to love it, but what can I say?

2. Cool Night, Paul Davis

I do like a lot of Easy Listening music – in small doses – but I really can’t make it through this whole song. I think I would rather rock out to some “Chariots of Fire”.

1. Blue Eyes – Elton John

One of my least favorite Elton John tunes. I haven’t decided which was worse, this or “Nikita”. The ’80s was not a very good period for Elton. I like “I’m Still Standing” and “Healing Hands”. Other than that, his worst ’70s were still better than most of his ’80s songs.

“Blue Eyes” is too boring for me. It feels like it should have more emotion than it does.

Here is my top 5 songs from that year.

5. Always On My Mind, Willie Nelson

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Willie Nelson is one of my all-time favorites. He wrote some old time country songs, such as “Crazy” (made famous by Patsy Cline), he’s played with Aerosmith (or I should say Aerosmith has played with him), and he has even played Reggae.
But he had an incredible ballad with “Always On My Mind”. He put a lot of feeling into this song, and it shows. I never get sick of this one. I don’t think I ever heard a bad version of this song, but Willie has one of the best versions.

4. I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll – Joan Jett and The Blackhearts

One of the greatest women of rock of all time. At the time, Joan Jett and Pat Benatar were just about the only rocker women on the radio. And they were among the best out of anybody at the time.
“I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” delivers on its name – it is pure Rock ‘N’ Roll. Great music and great attitude.

3. Edge of Seventeen – Stevie Nicks

I like Fleetwood Mac, and I love Stevie Nicks. While “Stand Back” was one of her biggest hits, this is my favorite by her. Stevie has a unique and powerful voice, and she really rocks it in this song. It was great to see the song get a resurgence when it was featured in the Jack Black movie School of Rock.

2. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

This was my favorite song when this came out. It really gets your blood pumping. If you played any sports, this song could get you ready for any game or match. When you hear the opening chords of the song, you know exactly what it is. “Weird Al” Yankovic’s parody of it – “Theme From Rocky XIII” – was even good. Actually, we are getting pretty close to having a Rocky XIII. I wonder if they would really use that as the theme song.

Survivor’s lead singer, Dave Bickler, was only around for the first album. The band continued to be successful after he left. Bickler is best known now for singing for the Real Men of Genius Bud Light TV and radio commercials.

1. Don’t Stop Believin’, Journey

There was a toss-up between this and “Open Arms”. While “Open Arms” pretty much set the standard for power ballads, “Don’t Stop Believin'” is one of my all time favorite songs, even after all these years. Everybody still gets into this song. And a new generation has even found it, as it became extremely popular from the television show Glee. Don’t Stop Believin’ this song will live on forever.