On this date in 1981, Bad Reputation, Joan Jett’s debut solo studio album was released.
After her previous band, The Runaways, dissolved, she self-released it as a self-titled album in 1980. It was later reissued as Bad Reputation by Boardwalk Records in 1981.
The album was recorded prior to Jett’s formation of The Blackhearts. Celebrity musicians on several tunes include Steve Jones and Paul Cook (Sex Pistols) & Clem Burke as well as Frank Infante (Blondie).
“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,” wrote AllMusic.
Rolling Stone magazine named the album No. 36 on their 50 Coolest Albums of all Time list in 2005.
The song here, “Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)”, is included in Bad Reputation. Back then in Bali, it was the third most popular Jett’s song after “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” and “Crimson and Clover” (both from I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll‘s album). It is actually a cover, originally sung and written by Gary Glitter.
Happy 38th anniversary Bad Reputation!
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Featured image via New Yorker.